Every time I vacation somewhere in the world, I think about buying a house in that location. We never will.
Only once have we returned to the same town: Ste. Maxime in France (used in my novel, Sister Sisteron), but to different houses. We have been many times to London and Los Angeles, and we have stayed at several different hotels in each city (favorites are the Sunset Marquis in LA and Charlotte Street Hotel in London, both of which we have used more than once). We have never considered buying anything in either city.
We like to visit different locations, perhaps in search of the perfect vacation spot. We have not found it, although we have enjoyed most vacations. We would not want to settle for one place, to which we would feel obliged to return and which would require constant attention and expense. If you held a gun at my head and forced my to choose, I would most likely look for something in Switzerland. We would rather spend the money on discovering new locations.
Although the money we have spent over the years—we do not do cheap—would have bought us a house in any of the best vacation spots, we do not regret our choice of none...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.