Unfortunately, some vacation spots end up being a total disappointment. If your vacation rentals don't look like the online description, are filled with rowdy college kids, or just don't meet your expectations, then your relaxing vacation will be anything but. In order to ensure that you and your family get the most out of your upcoming vacation, here are three online vacation research tips to keep in mind.
Photos, Photos, Photos
When purchasing real estate, you know that it's all about location, location, location. But when researching vacation rentals, it's all about photos, photos, photos. Because while the actual city or town you visit is extremely important, where you'll be staying is perhaps even more essential. Mediocre lodging can ruin any vacation.
While you might think the internet makes it easier to research vacation rentals, it's easy to get totally overwhelmed with the sheer amount of options to choose from. Even worse, most travel review sites are flooded with fake comments and reviews. That's why it's so important that you are able to see your lodging for yourself. Closely examine your vacation rentals' website and pore over every photo available. If there aren't many photos, that should be a major red flag.
Don't limit your research to the lodging itself
When researching your next vacation, it's easy to get caught going down an online rabbit hole, reading review after review and looking at site after site. While this research is important, don't forget to spend time researching attractions in the destination itself. Planning your vacation itinerary is way more fun than choosing where you'll stay. Plus, having an exciting to-do list to look forward to will take some of the pressure off of finding the perfect place to stay.
For instance, here in Palm Springs there are plenty of fun attractions to discover. From hidden gems off the beaten path to world-class attractions, spend some time planning the vacation itself.
Make sure that you can spend time actually relaxing once you arrive
Exciting excursions are an essential part of vacationing, but so is relaxation. You deserve a vacation spot that offers an abundance of both fun and relaxation. Unfortunately, you'll find a number of places in Palm Springs that offer little to no opportunity for relaxation. Many a visitor has come here expecting to lounge poolside, only to be surrounded by hundreds of tourists at all times.
When researching potential places to stay online, make sure you choose lodging that will afford you plenty of space for yourself. For this reason, vacation rentals are an increasingly popular choice among travelers. Because vacation rentals are usually synonymous with luxury accommodations, it takes the guesswork out of researching mystery hotels online. According to a 2012 Vacation Rental Management Association (VRMA) study, roughly 22% of leisure travelers chose a vacation rental over a hotel, and it's easy to see why.
Planning your next vacation doesn't have to be stressful. The internet does make it easier to plan your next trip, but only if you know how to do that research right.
If you want to learn more about booking quality vacation rentals or are planning a weekend Palm Springs trip, contact Mod Mansions today.