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Second homes are dwellings used for the sole purpose of leisure. They include stationary, semimobile, and mobile dwellings that can be converted or purpose-built homes. Second homes are used by owners, by their extended family and friends, or by paying guests. Numerous terms are used to designate the most traditional forms of these recreational lodgings: holiday or vacation homes, cottages, country houses, farmhouses, cabins, mansions, villas, or shacks. Urban apartments, time-share units, camping vehicles, and sailing boats are also included in the umbrella definition of second home dwellings (Hall and Müller 2004; Tress 2002). Their users are placed at the conceptual transition point between tourists and seasonal or lifestyle migrants. The characteristic of nonpermanent residence makes all dwellers tourists – no matter whether they are owners, renters, or nonpaying guests. Thus, the term second home tourism refers to activities, characteristics, and behavior of second home usage.
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