Traveling away from home can make some people anxious because at home, your bed feels a certain way, you know all of the TV channels, and everything feels cozy. Vacation rentals aim to make travelers not feel any differently about their lodging. You should be able to see it as a “home away from home.” Better yet, because you are renting and properties are doing what they can to attract your business, you and your family may find that your prospective rental may offer some great perks.
When planning your next trip, you need to have a few ideas in mind for what you want your lodging to provide. Here are three things that should be near the top of your list:
1. Provides the Basics – Your rental needs to provide basic amenities to you and your family. Each family has its own way of defining the basics, so it is important for families to get together & figure out what they absolutely feel they need and see what places offer those things. Do you need a full kitchen? Are mountain views necessary? How many bathrooms are essential? It is a simple idea, but because it is so basic, this little detail can fall through the cracks. As part of your research, compare rental properties & most importantly, make a few calls.
2. Proximity to the Actual Vacation – As much as your vacation is the reason for traveling, getting to the fun stuff can sometimes be made less fun because you’ve rented lodging too far from the hub of activity. It may be too far for walking, which means you’ll need to think about renting transportation. Your time is very valuable, and you have worked hard to earn this time off for your loved ones; don’t spend it hoofing it the entire trip & wearing yourself out.
3. Safety – No one likes to think about what could possibly go wrong during their vacation, but it is important to think about how your vacation rental property provides a safe environment. If a property deals with out-of-town visitors on a regular basis, would be ne’er-do-wells know that visitors can often travel with cash. Does your rental have a safe place for any valuables? When it comes to amenities such as a pool, is there a lifeguard on duty? Is there a first-aid kit available in your rental for general bumps & bruises that can happen? Be sure to research online ratings and reviews from previous visitors and see what they have to say. What’s more, put together a checklist of important safety items & talk directly to property employees.
It is always important to remember that you need to do your homework when it comes to choosing your vacation rental. Choosing the right place to stay and call your “home away from home” is absolutely key to everyone’s happiness. Vacations are times to make lifelong memories, and you don’t want a bad lodging experience to serve as the one thing that ruined it.