Moving Up in the World: Buying a Vacation Home in Sims 3
Sims love going on vacations with The Sims 3: World Adventures. For extended trips, Sims really need their own homes! Find out how to buy a vacation home in The Sims 3 and what you can do with these special homes in this guide.
Vacation homes in “The Sims 3” are the perfect way to be comfortable when traveling for long periods of time in exotic worlds in The Sims 3. When you first start traveling, you will only be able to stay at the Base Camp in town, which is really like a hotel and doesn’t have much privacy or other luxuries your Sims may be used to. Paparazzi can enter the bedrooms, and that can make for some really awkward celebrity Sims 3 moments. The solution? Buy your own vacation homes in The Sims 3!
How to Buy The Sims 3 Vacation Home
Sims start out with a Visa level of 0 for each of the vacation spots available with “The Sims 3: World Adventures” and can only go on a trip for 6 days. If your Sim goes on a vacation alone, it is easier to complete the adventures and challenges to raise the Visa level and thus buy The Sims 3 vacation homes in China, Egypt and France faster. To buy a vacation home in The Sims 3, your Sim needs to raise their Visa level to 3.
The adventures your Sim will be doing to get to level 3 require talking with local Sims, collecting items and also some treasure hunting in tombs to find specific relics. It is possible to raise your Visa level to 3 in one or two vacation trips, especially if you use the Sims 3 cheats to make needs static. In order to buy one of The Sims 3 vacation homes, you need to have your Sim have a level 3 Visa level to the country you want to purchase the home in. This will require doing the adventures and lots of running around, so that cheat that makes your needs static really helps!
After your Sim has a level 3 Visa to the country they want to buy The Sims 3 vacation home in, they can use their phone to buy real estate. The Sim must be on vacation in the country they have the level 3 Visa in to make the purchase. This is quite similar to how you move your Sims 3 from one house to another in their normal neighborhood.
What You Can Do With The Sims 3 Vacation Homes
Once your Sim purchases a vacation home, they are able to re-decorate and re-build it how they want it to look. You can essentially treat it just like your regular Sim’s home, but they are only able to stay there for as long as their Visa and rewards let them.
You will be able to use your new vacation home in the location you choose (you can have one in all three countries) to enjoy with your family and friends. It is a big upgrade from having to use the base camp, and nosy paparazzi won’t be able to just enter your home anymore!
It is popular for people to decorate their vacation homes in The Sims 3 based on the country they are in. This is not something you have to do though; you could decorate it however you want! Most of the homes don’t come up with a pool, and none of them come with one of the Sims 3 hot tubs because “The Sims 3 World Adventures” was released before “The Sims 3 Late Night.” If you want one at your new The Sims 3 vacation home, it is easy to purchase!
All screenshots and references from The Sims 3.
Screenshots provided by Sheri Newton.