Planning is the most daunting process when it comes to traveling. The fun usually comes much later. There is so much that needs to be in place, from documents to essentials, so it’s very normal to forget a thing or two. With the advent of sites like Airbnb, Tripadvisor, Booking.com, and Stayz, it has become a lot easier for people to travel and find suitable holiday destinations and homes online, but having said that, one needs to be very careful in selecting the perfect vacation home rental. No one goes through the stress of planning, only to make a mistake, but sometimes, it just happens! To help you avoid this, we have put together the top 10 common mistakes to avoid when booking your holiday home.
1. Not booking well in advance
Travelers like to explore new destinations and get a wonderful experience, we all tend to delay the booking at the appropriate time, which results in surge pricing. So always try to book your vacation rental home well in time to get the best deals by speaking/texting to the host. Also, be aware of peak seasons like Christmas, summer break, or spring breaks. Make sure you book months in advance, you’ll thank yourself later.
2. Not researching how secured the property is
This is a no-brainer. Try to find out about the neighborhood as much as you can via surfing the net and make sure the vicinity is a safe place to hang out, the last thing anybody wants is not feeling safe while on vacation.
3. Not checking the property maintenance & cleanliness
Before booking, go through the description of the home online, read lots of reviews, then, have a good look at the photos provided, and how well the premises is maintained. Is it well sanitized and cleanliness is up to the mark? Also, does the host provide in-house keeping? This is important if you want to have a pleasurable experience for a holiday. So, do your research and ask away!
4. Not checking if they are beverages/breakfast
If you are a coffee person, make sure the holiday home you are considering to book provides you with a basic Stock Pantry offering like Tea, Coffee, Sugar, Salt, Microwave, Drinking water bottles, etc. Again, these things are not hard to source but it is always better if you are supplied with them. In addition, some of these things can be provided for you if you specifically ask for them.
5. Not considering where it is situated
Proximity to places of interest is utmost and should be on your priority list as it makes no sense if you choose a location in far-flung areas, and the fares for to-and-fro makes a dent in the pocket, so before booking makes a list of places you would like to visit and then choose the appropriate location which suits and makes stay memorable.
6. Not checking basic amenities
Always check for basic amenities provided by the host, such as ironing boards, iron, desk/workspace, high-speed Wifi (very essential), laundry, air conditioning. These are some things that are crucial to getting you through the day, so, you must keep them in mind while booking your holiday home.
7. Not considering cheaper alternatives
Except you are sparing no costs and paying for the entire apartment, house, or villa, always consider cheaper alternatives, which might be shared. Especially if you are traveling on a tight budget! Before booking your holiday home, make sure you have done enough research and that you are renting the best home your money can afford. If you are a solo traveler, consider renting a budget-friendly and shared holiday home. These shared accommodations are low-cost housing settlements that are available anywhere from $10 to $40 per night depending on the location. Best sure to check out Cozy Homes as they provide the best pg in karol bagh.
8. Being vulnerable to fraud
Make sure you are always making your bookings on authentic websites, and not from solo listings like those found on craigslist or gumtree, as there is a high potency of scammers running the ads and siphoning off people’s money. To avoid this, consider booking your holiday home from safe websites such as Airbnb, Stayz, Expedia, etc.
9. Being careless with important documents
When traveling abroad, your travel documents like passport and health insurance are of utmost importance. Try to keep them with you safe while on your holidays, and also, make scanned copies of important documents and save them in cloud storage, so that in the case of theft or loss, they can be easily accessed.
10. Not paying attention to details
While booking a perfect home for your next vacation kindly keep these things in mind:
-Are clean linens and pillows and blankets
-Fresh bath towels – at least two towels and hand towels per traveler
-Toilet paper and tissues
-Bath amenities (hand soap, shampoo, shower gel, etc.)
Now, these items might not seem like important things to look out for when booking a holiday home, but don’t assume your holiday home has these things, instead, ask! Better safe than sorry right? The absence of these basic kinds of stuff can ruin an entire holiday.