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By Brad Cook
Need somewhere to relax and recharge your batteries? Just married and looking for the perfect honeymoon spot? Then choose one of three hideaways for world-weary Sims: Takemizu Village, Three Lakes, or Twikkii Island. Each offers unique amenities, including exotic meals, one-of-a-kind shopping and dining, guided tours, new abilities to learn, and precious mementos of your fun-filled trip. You might even uncover a rare object while digging for buried treasure, a new feature also available on a home or community lot.
Before you leave, make sure youve saved enough Simoleons not only for airfare, food, hotel, and incidentals, but also for a house sitter, as well as a babysitter or pet sitter, if necessary. And dont forget that you can save up to 100 Simoleons by booking your travel up to six days in advance. Use the extra cash to buy some special souvenirs during your trip.
Plenty to Bring Home
Each of the three destinations features locals whose special greetings, dances, and other customs you can learn. You can befriend them, or other Sims also on vacation, and continue those relationships back home. (You might even discover that a certain giant hairy biped who lives in Three Lakes would like to move in with you. Dont be turned off by his appearance; he has a lot to offer.)
A trip also brings with it special wants and fears that will affect your aspiration and/or skill points if theyre realized. In addition, a particularly enjoyable vacation offers, at its conclusion, a choice from six different rewards with 48-hour effects. For example, you might get an additional want slot and find yourself more productive.
Dont forget to snap photos of all the fun. Bon Voyage lets you ask another Sim to assume a pose in front of a particular spot before clicking the shutter button. In Story Mode, arrange your photos and compose captions. You can even order prints to display on your wall or counter at home, so youll always remember your visit to Twikii Islands South End Beach, where Bilious Bob the Pirate washed ashore during his search for the Monkey Ruins of Jumbok IV. Or so the story goes.
Build Your Own
If youd rather create a unique Far Eastern, mountain, or island retreat to visit, simply choose from the new special lots and get to work. Design hotels, activities, tourist sights, and more. Customize beaches, woods, and gardens with the perfect accoutrements. Just dont forget to provide enough accommodations, because your destination spot will likely attract other Sims.
You can also build custom vacation homes similar to the ones found at Takemizu Village, Three Lakes, and Twikkii Island, where theyre available for purchase by Sims with enough Simoleons. Then youll always have a comfortable place to stay when its time to get away from the stresses of Sim life.
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Places to Go, Secrets to Discover:
Takemizu Village: This serene hideaway offers Tai Chi, mahjong, and other low-stress activities that will put your Sims in a tranquil state of mind. The Flaming Dragon Hotel, with its Zen Garden, is the priciest place to stay, but its worth the cost. Visit the Takemizu Village Hot Springs, take an historical walking tour, and search for the hidden Pagoda in the Shadows.
Three Lakes: High in the mountains, your Sims will find a pristine place where they can enjoy all that nature has to offer. Stay at the Axewood Campground for free, if you prefer a rustic experience, or book a room at the pricey Sky Vista Hotel, where youll awake each morning to an incredible view of the local scenery. Stop by the Lumber Mill Range for a log rolling duel, relax at Wallowa Park, and see if you can befriend the mysterious creature that lives near Hidden Burrow.
Twikii Island: Gorgeous beaches and incredible tropical gardens await you at this island paradise. Twikii Beach Hotel gives you easy access to the beach for a reasonable price, or you can stay at Potterhouse Bungalows for the ultimate experience. Explore the Ancient Ruins of Numchuk, stroll down the Twikii Beach Boardwalk, and uncover the source of the strange energy that shrouds a shack hidden in the jungle.
Bon Voyage also includes plenty of accessories for giving your Sims makeovers. New jewelry includes rings, bracelets, necklaces, and even lip, nose, and eyebrow piercings. Among the new clothes youll find outfits suitable for the games vacation spots, such as tropical shirts, hiker garb, and kimonos. You can also choose from new hair styles, facial hair, and glasses.