Staying in a vacation rental is one of the best ways to experience your destination like a local. You’ll have all the comforts of home at your fingertips and can spend your time exploring each day. However, choosing a great rental isn’t always as simple as you might think. You need to consider more than the amenities offered at the rental itself. Look for these key features with every rental you’re interested in and you’ll be in good shape.
Look for Diverse Dining Options Nearby
Even if your vacation rental comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, you may not want to spend your time cooking three meals a day. You’re on vacation and deserve to relax! This means you’ll need to look at the types of restaurants near each rental on your list. Use your phone or computer to search for “breakfast near me” and see what types of results come up. Read the reviews for those restaurants, get a feel for the types of food they offer and choose the rental that gives you access to the most restaurants that you think you’ll enjoy.
Read the Reviews for the Rental
Before you make a reservation, take your time and research the reputation for both the rental agency and the individual property. Read up on reviews to see what previous guests have to say about the rental. If they all loved their experience, you’ll likely enjoy staying on the property. However, if most of the reviews express issues with the property, the rental agency or the owners themselves, keep looking. The last thing you want to deal with when you’re on vacation is trying to deal with unresponsive property management teams.
Consider Public Transit Options
Renting a car is always an option, but it can get expensive if you need to rent it for more than a few days. The easiest way to cut down on your costs and free up more money for fun activities is to take public transportation, bike or walk around town. When you’re looking at vacation rentals, look at the types of transport that are available. Will you have to walk more than a mile to get to a bus stop or is there a stop located just down the block? Can you safely bike or walk around to the main attractions or will you have to use a car? If you need a rental car, keep looking for a more conveniently located rental. Even if you pay more for lodging, you’ll likely end up saving money by not renting a car.
Research the Area’s Safety
Safety matters even when you’re on vacation. Keep this in mind when you’re looking for the ideal rental. Research the area and find out if there are any neighborhoods that you need to avoid. Make a note of those areas and look for vacation rentals that will keep you away from those unsafe spots. Before you make a reservation, make sure you’re comfortable with the security measures in place at the rental. The rental company should highlight any additional security improvements in place online.
Consider Your Budget
Before you make a decision, review your budget. Look at the amount of money you’re willing to spend on everything for your vacation. Include lodging, transportation, airfare, food, attractions and any other incidentals you may have. Choose a vacation rental that fits within that budget without forcing you to pick and choose the types of activities you can enjoy on your trip. Remember, the point of using vacation rentals is to make your stay more comfortable than it might be in a hotel or bed and breakfast.
Choosing the ideal vacation rental for your upcoming trip can seem like a difficult decision. You don’t want to sacrifice comfort and safety for price and you don’t have to. Think about these things before you make a reservation and you’ll be able to find a rental that will make your vacation better and more enjoyable.
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