I considered a camper van a while back. Relatives all thought it was a fantastic idea. Yet none of them ever bought one. Know a friend who bought one and deliberately bought a bigger one so a car licence won't do. Relatives can't borrow it.We were talking about this thread last night and another thing came up.
We thought of all the people who we know who own holiday homes abroad and in Ireland and it surprised us just how many we know.
Anyway when we thought about it we realized that all those people we know pay for their holiday homes, yet their relatives (children, in-laws, brothers and sisters) and friends all get more or less free use of it.
So the main beneficiary of a holiday home seems to be not the person who buys it, but their relatives and friends.
Now the relatives might throw them the odd hundred or a bottle of whiskey, but they are getting the better part of the deal
It reminded me of the time when I had 3 weeks off unexpectedly that i had to take at short notice. We called the owner of a holiday home we rented a few times asked could we rent that for the 3 weeks. She said her sister was going to be in it that week and she would go check. She rang me back later, very annoyed at her sister and said her sister wanted it for the week in the middle. So we had to look elsewhere. I doubt she was going to the the €2k she was going to get off us from her sister