Since March, when most of the pandemic restrictions were put in place, our lives have changed dramatically. Many of us have been working from home, while children have been attending school virtually. And lots of people who could barely put together a peanut butter and jelly sandwich are now on their way to becoming gourmet chefs. And have we ever been streaming more movies and TV shows! One thing we haven't been doing much lately, though, is taking vacations. And with all the uncertainty and change people have experienced over recent months, stress levels are high. In other words, people are taking fewer vacations exactly when they need them the most. Vacations are great for your physical health and mental wellbeing. Studies have shown, for example, that taking a vacation can reduce stress levels. It's a time when we reconnect with our families, while taking some time to care for ourselves. But in a time when we are still being cautious about exposure to the coronavirus, how do we take vacations responsibly and safely? The advantages of staying with Exploria Resorts This brings up the debate over whether it's better to vacation at a resort, like the properties available with Exploria Resorts, or stay in a standard hotel room. There may be pros and cons for both sides of the debate, but in the current environment, it's understandable that people are hesitant to stay in a hotel, where the accommodations tend to be small and tightly packed together. At Exploria Resorts, on the other hand, accommodations are more like what you experience in your home. For starters, you have your own spacious, fully equipped kitchen. At your resort condo you can have groceries waiting for you upon your arrival, or run to the grocery store and stock up yourself; either way, you don't have to eat out three meals a day, as you would when you stay at a hotel. (Think about it, without your own kitchen, you're eating out 21 times during a week-long vacation. That's a lot of risk, not to mention a lot of money.) Our resort accommodations are also more spacious offering separate bedrooms, kitchen, living room, and even laundry facilities, so there's plenty of room to spread out. It's much more comfortable than squeezing a family of four into a single hotel room with two double beds and no privacy. In your vacation ownership resort condo you can play board games or enjoy meals at the dining room table, watch different TV programs in each room, even enjoy the view on your patio or balcony (available at most Exploria Resorts destinations). Enjoy all the comforts of home and more at Exploria Resorts! Explore the many benefits of Vacation Ownership here. How Exploria Resorts is helping protect your health Since the pandemic started, our highest priority at Exploria Resorts has been to take care of the health and safety of our owners, guests, and employees. At the same time, however, we've been striving to provide the same enjoyable vacation experiences we're known for while doing so. For example, we have created protocols that include frequently disinfecting common surfaces with hospital-grade cleaning products. As a guest, you'll notice that there are disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizers available at locations throughout each of our resorts. And we've substantially increased how often we clean and sanitize throughout the resort, as well as how thoroughly we cycle through our cleaning procedures. At Exploria Resorts, we are following all local- and state-mandated precautions when it comes to wearing masks, especially in interior spaces such as lobbies, registration areas, preview centers, activities centers, clubhouses, and restaurants. We are also continually monitoring updates from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and will continue to act on the best advice of public health authorities, medical professionals, and governments. In addition to these measures, resort accommodations are also a better choice for several reasons. First, the average length of a stay at a timeshare resort is longer than the length of stay at a hotel, with nearly three-fourths of vacationship owners staying between five and seven nights. Compare that to an average of fewer than two nights at a hotel, which means that the number of people who have been in your accommodations in the two weeks before you check-in will be fewer at a timeshare resort than it would at a hotel. Plus, because you have a full kitchen, you don't have to deal with the lack of social distancing you often see at restaurants. Instead, you have the option of preparing a home-cooked meal right there in your condo. You may still decide to go out to a restaurant while you're on your vacation once or twice, but you'll be doing so because you choose to, not because you have to. And it will be a place where you're comfortable with the restaurant's health and safety protocols.Resort Accommodations You'll find the accommodations that come with vacation ownership resort condo at Exploria Resorts make the time you spend there a lot more enjoyable. You have plenty of room to stretch out and relax; Want a little privacy? Just go into your bedroom and shut the door; try doing that in a hotel room! Most accommodations at Exploria Resorts also include a balcony or porch/patio, giving you even more space. Compare all that to a typical hotel room, where you often find yourself feeling confined. Another important advantage for your peace of mind is, once you settle in to your resort condo, you're in complete control of safety measures in an Exploria Resorts vacation ownership resort condo. That includes who can come into your space and whatever cleaning and sanitizing you feel is appropriate and necessary. At Exploria Resorts, we take your health and safety seriously, and social distancing is an important part of those precautions. Book Your Vacation Today Ready to book your relaxing, stress-reducing dream vacation? We're ready to make your dream vacation a reality! Treating your family to a memorable vacation each year is within reach. Book a guided resort tour today! Arrange your visit here!