Let’s face it-when we think of vacation homes, we think of extremely expensive, lavish, kind of gigantic type houses that you probably wouldn’t be able to afford. After all, it’s a whole home away from home-right?
But the fact of the matter is that it can actually be more benefiting and quite a bit cheaper if you simply rent a vacation home as opposed to renting a hotel room. And let’s face it-the regular old hotel room rules don’t always apply. After all, who wants to stay cooped up in a hotel room while you’re waiting to go out? Or wake up super early while on vacation so that you can go get a breakfast that has probably seen the same table the last three days and even more hands.
Vacation homes give you a lot more freedom than other means of housing. After all, while on vacation, you’ve probably said to yourself at least one time before -I really wish that I had my– when you were housed in a hotel. Now, if you rent a house for vacation, you may find that you have everything that you need right there. You don’t have to go out to eat if you don’t want to, you don’t have to wake up at six am for stale bagels and butter in a tiny little plastic container that’s melted by the time you get to it. You can also make as much noise as you want. Maybe your kids want to jam out playing Guitar Hero in the living room-that’s not possible in a hotel, unless you want to get the evil glares of death from every surrounding room. However, you can play whatever you want in vacation homes!
But the question is-once you’re pretty sure that you know you SHOULD rent a vacation home-how do you actually go about that? What steps should you take?
First, look into hiring someone from a travel agency or at least inquiring about any vacation homes that they may have available during the season that you are considering going on vacation. Also, keep your mind open about when you should go on vacation. Sure summer is the -normal- time to go off on vacation, but do you REALLY have to go on vacation during the summer? There are plenty of other times that you can go during the winter, spring, or even fall-just think about it!
Next, look online for deals. You never know what you might find on ad-sites and things like that offering vacation homes for rent. The main thing that you need to do however, is talk to the owners for a while about the vacation home, keep detailed notes of everything they say, and make sure there aren’t any inconsistencies. If you can do a little bit of research on them, that wouldn’t hurt any either.
Next, start budgeting. Get an idea of how much money you want to and can spend, and also check into how much you can save. You may not realize how much you can save in such a little period of time!
Last, have fun on your vacation!
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