There are a number of decisions that need to be made when planning your next vacation: Where should we go? How should we get there? What activities should we book? What restaurants should we try?
One of the most important things you’ll decide is where you’re going to stay. A bad accommodation option can mean a bad night’s sleep, not a lot of relaxation, spending way more money on eating out than planned, or not being close to ANYTHING you want to see.
We’ve already outlined the reasons for choosing a Vacation Rental as opposed to a Hotel here. Now the next question is how do you pick from the millions of Vacation Rentals on the market right now?
We’ve come up with some key factors you need to considering before booking your home away from home:
1. Vacation Rental Location
Location, location, location. This one is pretty clear. You need to check that the Vacation Rental you’re booking is in the most ideal area for the kind of vacation you’re looking for. Looking forward to a relaxing beach vacation? Make sure the home is within walking distance of the water. Want to immerse yourself in culture? Find a place that’s surrounded by museums. Want to eat and drink your way around a city? Make sure you’re in an area with lots of great restaurants and bars.
If you’re on a budget, find a place a little further out – just make sure there’s public transit close by (or that you have a car!).
New to the city? The property owners are your go-to contacts for getting that kind of information before making a booking. Ask them what’s near by, how close they are to certain attractions, and how accessible other areas of the city are by public transit. Make sure you have all the info you need before you book!
2. Amenities of rental property
Everyone has their own set of ‘must-haves’ when it comes to booking accommodation. For some it’s a hot tub, others need a king size bed, and others will need pet-friendly accommodation for their furry friend. Also keep your budget in mind. Trying to save a bit? Make sure your rental has a kitchen so you can prepare most meals at home.
On RentByOwner you can filter your search results for specific amenities so you only see places that have what you need. Don’t see exactly what you’re looking for? Send an inquiry to the property owner to ask about your specific needs before you book!
It’s important to think about what you’re going to be using the home for while you’re there. Planning on being out all day sightseeing, just using your place to sleep and shower? You can probably save some money and rent something smaller. Going to stay at your Vacation Rental during the day, have people stay over, or just want to be a little more comfortable? Make sure you have enough space for everyone staying with you.
4. Style of Vacation Property
One of the beauties of staying in a Vacation Rental is the huge variety of homes there are available for rent. Looking for something luxurious and trendy? Get a penthouse condo somewhere. Want a cozy winter escape? Rent a cabin in the woods, complete with a fireplace. Looking for a relaxing sunny getaway? Find a dreamy beach house! You can find a small, basic rental if you’re on a budget or a top-of-the-line mansion if you’re looking to splurge. So find something that suits your exact style or mood – the possibilities are endless.
5. Communication with the Vacation Rental Owner
One of the reservations some people have with booking a Vacation Rental is the fear of the unknown – it can be difficult to know for sure exactly what the property will be like before you view it. That’s why communication with the property owner or manager before and after booking is so important. Before booking, make sure the property owner is open and clear and is able to answer any questions you may have. Many property owners will be more than willing to chat on the phone with you to quell any worries and answer anything you’d like to know – take advantage of that! If a property owner or manager is unwilling to chat on the phone or seems short and unable to make time to answer your questions, then opt to find another property that suits all your needs.
Wherever you end up choosing, treat your vacation rental like home – because for the length of your holiday, it is!
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