What you need to know before you book your vacation rental
Going on vacation is an exciting time that most people look forward to for months. Who doesn`t enjoy time off work to have fun and do whatever they please! Choosing the right accommodations can set the tone for your entire holiday. That is why it is so important to consider all of the factors when selecting your accommodations. Below are 7 important things to keep in mind when choosing your travel accommodations.
What are you looking for?
The first thing that you’ll want to consider is what you are looking for. Are you a single person looking to meet other singles at a spa-like getaway? Or are you a family that is looking for a place where everyone can have fun? Are you looking for accommodations that have the convenience of the city? Or something remote and quiet? It is important to know what your needs are when you decide on the location you would like to stay at.
What is your budget?
Most vacations have a budget that has been planned out for months in advance. Therefore, you need to decide how much of that budget should go towards your accommodations. It is important to be aware of everything that is and is not included in the cost of your accommodations so you can budget the rest of your trip accordingly. Decide which elements are most important to you ahead of time and allocate your budget to these areas accordingly. For example if you don’t care about being in the city but would love to visit the beaches and enjoy the local cuisine, you may chose to save on accommodations and set aside more money for a car rental and dining out.
What is included in your stay?
When you are looking at potential places to stay, find out what amenities they offer. A place that is more expensive but offers extras like free Wi-Fi or spa treatments can sometimes be more desirable than a less-expensive place where all the extras cost more money. Keep in mind that condos and vacation homes typically include a full kitchen giving you the option to prepare some of your own meals which in the long run can be much more affordable than dining out three times a day.
Location and accessibility
Unless you plan on stay at your hotel during your entire vacation, you’ll want to find out how easy it is to get to other places. Consider shopping, food and nightlife as part of the things you may want to do, and see how accessible your accommodations are to each of those attractions. Keep in mind if your accommodations are outside of the city and major attractions you may also want to include the cost of a rental car in your budget.
Contact the staff, owner or property manager
It does not hurt to call before you make a reservation, simply to get a feel for how the particular building or home is run. You can inquire in regard to the services and ask questions that pertain to the building and the surrounding area. The feeling and treatment that you get will likely give you an idea of what your time may be like while on vacation. This is also a great way to learn about local hot spots and popular attractions in the area.
In today’s world of technology and the internet, it is very easy to get online and see what other travelers have to say about specific destinations and accommodations. Be sure to do your research into reviews of potential places that you want to stay, so you can find out what other travelers are saying. Luckily, this has made for an increase in reputability for hotels and other accommodations, leading them to increase their standards for travelers like you. Researching reviews is a great way to help you choose the right accommodations for your vacation and also to help you set appropriate expectations for when you get there!
All of the information provided here should be factored into an overall estimation of the value of your accommodations. If you find a place that is the perfect location, loaded with amenities and has a 5-star rating, you can also expect to pay a higher rate for it. Then again, if some of these elements are not important to you this is great opportunity for you to save some money. Once all of these factors are considered, you will have a better idea of the value of a specific location and the right information to finally go ahead and book your vacation!