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Every year thousands of people buy holiday homes abroad, in a huge variety of worldwide destinations.  Some people buy a holiday home where they can relax and rewind, while others seek out somewhere they can use as a base for an active, adventurous vacation.  Buying a holiday home can be a great investment that appeals to people looking for big savings on trips abroad as well as financial returns from holiday rentals.  Here are some of the most sought after holiday home destinations in the world:

Florida, USA

At the top of any worldwide holiday home listing is America’s sunshine state, with enough attractions and cultural experiences to keep visitors busy year after year.  Every holiday to Florida is unique – visitors can relax in golden sunshine on the state’s gorgeous beaches, visit some of the best theme parks in the world including Disneyland and Universal Studios, immerse themselves in science history at the Kennedy Space Center; or visit the breathtaking Florida Keys, home to many famous films.  As well as offering fantastic world-class attractions, Florida is a popular holiday home location due to its friendly atmosphere and beautiful scenery.  For people interested in purchasing a holiday home there, a common way of getting started is through a land auction.

Pattaya, Thailand

Known affectionately as the ‘land of smiles’, Thailand is an extremely popular holiday home location for people of all nationalities.  In particular, Pattaya offers traditional Thai charm mixed with western amenities, and is also fantastically cheap – it is possible to buy a new apartment for less than US$50,000, and food and drink is remarkably inexpensive.  Pattaya has lovely beaches with a great range of water sports, plenty of attractions nearby such as a tiger zoo and elephant park, plus world-class nightlife.  Visitors who enjoy a more cultural experience can sample first-class food in local Thai restaurants, relax with a traditional Thai massage, or take a Thai cooking class.  The weather in Pattaya is also a great attraction – it is almost always warm, hence the perfect destination for tanning.

Zell am See, Austria

Located in the Austrian Alps, Zell am See is a popular all-year-round holiday home destination, thanks to the wide variety of activities on offer.  During the winter months, visitors can enjoy world-class skiing and snowboarding on the Kitzsteinhorn mountain slopes, while during summer they can swim in crystal clear lake waters, enjoy scenic mountain walks, or do some sailing.  Zell am See is also home to picturesque historic buildings and a wide range of traditional bars and restaurants, making it a great all round holiday home destination for those who like to stay active when on vacation.

Maldive Islands

A chain of enchanting islands located in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is the ultimate luxury holiday home location for those who simply want to relax.  The Maldives has a gorgeous climate with white coral sand beaches, crystal clear water and tropical sunshine.  It is a highly popular location for snorkeling and scuba diving, as the islands are surrounded by coral reefs teeming with thousands of species of exotic fish.  Visitors can also enjoy five star resorts, luxury massages and beauty treatments.  In the Maldives it is even possible to buy a holiday home with a glass floor, sitting on stilts above the ocean.