Americans really love to travel. Many would prefer more travel in their lives than they get to do, with a decent portion of Americans saying they would even give up on other elements of life if it meant traveling more often.
If you’re getting ready to start booking your next trip, you’ll want to refresh your memory on the dos and don’ts of booking vacation rentals. Finding the right place to lay your head during your stay can make a major difference in terms of your overall enjoyment of the trip.
What mistakes should you try and avoid when booking your rentals? Read on and we’ll walk you through what you need to know.
1. Don’t Pay Too Much
There are many great websites out there that will host listings of vacation rentals for you in a clean and user-oriented way. However, you’re paying top dollar for those resources, even if you don’t realize it yourself.
Websites such as Airbnb have so many additional fees added to the homes that the prices can quickly get out of your price range. While these websites do add some sense of protection, you’ll need to weigh yourself how much money you want to spend contributing to those services.
It’s certainly worth looking around and seeing if you can rent directly with property owners or rental companies. Making a phone call and talking to someone directly can often help cut down the price you’ll be facing by a significant margin.
Make sure to look and compare prices with other rentals in the area. Make sure you aren’t paying double what you should.
2. Don’t Decline Travel Insurance
Traveling requires juggling a great many considerations. The odds that something could potentially go wrong are high. In a way, that’s part of the fun and adventure of traveling.
That aside, it doesn’t mean that you want to find yourself unprepared the moment something eventually does go south. Far too many novice travelers make the mistake of declining their travel insurance options, only to pay for this decision later.
The cancellation policies at most vacation rental sites are not going to be all too lenient. If something goes wrong and you aren’t able to make it to your room, you might end up having to pay for it anyway.
Even if you don’t have to pay the full price of your rental, you still might have to hand over a steep cancellation fee. Many hotels have fees that begin at $75 for canceling and only get higher from there.
It’s a good idea to get travel insurance at the start of your trip so that you’re protected from all that might go wrong. That’s more important in these uncertain times than ever.
Make sure to read the fine print when you pick out your travel insurance policy as well. Make sure you’re getting a good policy that will protect your rental purchases for any reason that might come up.
You can’t always rely on rental companies, so make sure you can rely on your insurance plan.
3. Don’t Book at the Last Minute
Yes, the hotel you might be considering for your stay might have hundreds of rooms within it. But that’s no reason to delay hitting the big red book button on your laptop.
You can rest assured that no matter how large a resort may be, the rooms they have available will continue to get booked up as your anticipated date draws nearer. It’s easy to want to push off the inevitable and allow yourself to be flexible and open to change.
Unfortunately, at a certain point, that flexibility is going to turn into you not having anywhere to sleep at night.
Even if you’re not planning on staying at a resort, the earlier you book, the better your odds are at obtaining a rental property that you’ll enjoy. Airbnb and other outlets book up far quicker due to limited quantities of homes.
Many places will book up to a year ahead of time. You might not be able to plan out your trip that far in advance, but booking early can help you to find places you like at more reasonable prices.
The ones that will be left when you start looking last minute will still be available for a reason.
This is even more important when booking group vacation rentals, as spaces with the number of rooms you need might vanish quickly.
4. Don’t Forget to Ask Questions
What elements of your stay are important to you? What do you need to know to ensure your stay at a vacation property goes smoothly? When planning a vacation, the magic is all in the details.
As such, you don’t want to book a rental property without asking all the questions that might impact your stay. Where do you need to park your vehicle (and is there parking at all)? Is there heat and A/C in the home? Is there a way to make coffee?
The questions you have will depend on your personal needs and the details of the property itself. What’s important is that you take the time to brainstorm what exactly your needs might be.
Make a list and make sure to get answers from the property owner before heading off to stay. You’ll thank yourself later.
Mistakes to Avoid When Booking Vacation Rentals
A trip away from home is a treat that shouldn’t be undervalued. However, ensuring that your vacation is going to be a pleasurable one will take a little bit of work. Avoiding the above mistakes when booking vacation rentals will help to ensure that your trip goes off without a hitch.
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