Provided you’ve got the time and some money set aside for traveling (and seniors and boomer travelers often do), you can look towards a long stay winter vacation. The popularity of long stay vacations has been statistically climbing over the years, with more extended stay travelers searching for the ultimate getaway that lasts longer than a week or two.

Seniors are choosing to take one long stay vacation a year as opposed to a couple of shorter holidays. Long stay packages offer a greater value for the money. Many long stay vacation packages include airfare, and if you break down the cost per week and divide among two to four or five people, you will end up saving about 50% of the cost of accommodation than you’d spend at a hotel. Do some of your own grocery shopping, cook a few of your own meals within your apartment’s kitchen and the cost of a long stay vacation per diem is much cheaper.

There are plenty of options for seniors planning a long stay winter vacations. There are long stay cruise packages, long stay vacations in Europe, in the Caribbean and anywhere else you want to go.

This year, like last year, Merit Longstays are offering packages to Cannes in the French Riviera, Costa del Sol in Spain, Costa del Sol and the Algarve (Portugal and Spain) and a number of other long stays in Portugal.

What’s becoming increasingly popular for senior travel are long term stays, all-inclusive month long breaks and five week cruises. Major travel companies, such as Merit now offer winter long stay vacation packages, dedicated to the over 55 crowd. TripAdvisor now hosts a section on vacation rentals which are perfect for long stay vacations. There are thousands of apartments, villas, houses, farmhouses on their website. Find Great Vacation Rental Deals at TripAdvisor.

In Portugal and Spain you can enjoy the Mediterranean weather, the beaches, local markets, wine tasting and heritage tours of the surrounding areas. The landscapes are spectacular in this part of the world.

For a different long stay winter vacation this year, one could always opt for a European cruise vacation. There are European and Mediterranean cruises of a short length but also long term with destinations in both the western and eastern Mediterranean. You’ll experience the dazzling sunshine of the Mediterranean and be able to step ashore and tour some of the most beautiful ports of call in the world. Cruise Direct lists all the cruise line companies which offer Mediterranean and European cruises, the prices and the length of stay and you can book directly through their website. To view all Mediterranean cruises, visit their website here:  European Cruises.

Not only are there cost saving benefits to a long stay winter vacation and the chance to escape from the cold winter weather, but there are health benefits to staying long term in a sunny destination. A long stay vacation is good for your well being and health because of the climate and healthier food. Some long term hotels and apartments have spas, golf courses and fitness facilities available to stay fit and healthy.

It’s an obvious choice, vacation rentals and these types of cruises for senior long stay winter vacations are definitely the better budget option.  Not only good for your wallets, but your health and well being too.

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