So, you’ve finally whittled down your options and decided on your next vacation destination. Now it’s time to find the perfect place to stay!
There are many factors to consider when choosing vacation rentals, like who you’re traveling with and how much money you want to spend.
While it may seem overwhelming at first, these five considerations will help narrow down the search in no time.
When choosing vacation rentals, start with setting your budget.
There is no point in scrolling through endless pages of luxury rentals if they’re out of your price range. At the same time, if you’re looking to splurge why not immediately cut out the no-frills options by upping the minimum nightly price?
2. Read the Reviews
Never underestimate the value of references and reviews. You’d be amazed at the information they reveal about both the property and the owner/property manager. Overall, they help to verify that you’re booking through a reliable source and that what you see in the photos is really what you get.
Reviews from previous guests also provide all sorts of insight you’d be hard-pressed to find through other sources. We’re talking things like how comfortable the mattress is to the neighborhood café serving the strongest coffee.
Consider the purpose of your vacation. Are you looking for peace and tranquility or do you want to cut loose and party like a rock star? Choose your vacation rental location accordingly.
The same is true in terms of travel companions. Vacations with friends yield completely different accommodation needs than a romantic getaway or a trip with the kiddos.
If staying in a condo, apartment building, or other multi-unit complex, take note of the proximity to high traffic areas if noise is a concern. This includes things like the pool or elevator.
Finally, how do you plan to get around? If you don’t have a car, be sure you can walk or access public transportation/ride-sharing, etc.
Speaking of cars, parking can be a huge issue and expense in both city and beach destinations. Is it included with your vacation rental? If so, how many spaces/parking permits are provided?
Whether it’s gas, electric, or kitted out from a top solar company, you should always confirm what utilities are included. As Americans, we often [incorrectly] assume that heating and air-conditioning is standard anywhere. If you are traveling internationally though, this is not the case.
Are you one of the 4.7 million US workers who are doing your job remotely? When choosing a rental, check that there is Wi-Fi and that the speed and connectivity suit your needs.
Some rentals include extra amenities like bicycles, sporting equipment, upgraded kitchen and bathroom accessories, and so forth. Decide ahead of time if these things are a necessity or an added bonus.
5. Don’t Skip the Fine Print
Make sure that you understand the final price, indicative of all fees and taxes. There is nothing worse than thinking you’ve found the perfect spot and then having the price turn out to be hundreds more than you were expecting.
It is also vital to check the cancellation and date change policies before making a booking. Don’t forget about the security deposit – if there’s not one, are you responsible for any accidental damages?
Choosing Vacation Rentals Can Be Fun!
Your choice of accommodation can make or break your vacation. Armed with these tips, you’ll be on your way to finding the perfect home away from home.
We hope our guide to choosing vacation rentals has been useful. Keep browsing our blog for more travel tips and inspiration!