Vacation time can be any time through the year depending on whether you are traveling to chase the sunshine, you want to enjoy fall colors at the lake, or some skiing in the winter. To prepare you for your vacation, the rental accommodations you choose will provide you with a space to rest in the evening, a place to eat meals, and extra time for relaxing, so make sure you plan for your rental reservations and regulations. The following provides you with some recommendations to choose a hotel or vacation rental and evaluate the policies for a successful adventure.
Understand the Rental Policies
As you are planning out your vacation rental, you will need to understand the details and policies of your rental reservation. Make sure you read through the fine print and cancellation policy on the rental reservation, in the event that you have to cancel.
Some rooms will require you to cancel with at least a 24 or 48-hour notice, for example, and others may not allow you to cancel at all. Consider this detail when you book to make sure your travel dates are set in stone if there is no cancellation policy or you are okay with forfeiting the money for the reservation. Otherwise, plan to make any changes to your reservation well before the cancellation policy dictates so you can stay within the protection of the cancellation terms. Always stay in contact with your vacation rental host or management staff so you can get any questions answered and concerns addressed.
Collect the Rental's Information
You should also know how the vacation rental is set up for its management and when you can check-in. Some vacation rentals will provide you with a contactless check-in process where you can pick up the key remotely or gain access to a key code for the door when you arrive in town. Also make sure you can check-in when you arrive or if there is a specific time you have to wait for check-in, especially if there are other guests that may not have vacated the unit yet. Always be sure you know what time you have to be checked out by so the management can prepare the rental for the next guests.
Find out the specific directions to the vacation rental so you will have good directions when you arrive in town, especially at night in the dark. Then, write down the directions in a notebook or in your smartphone's notepad so you can get to them even if you don't have internet access.