Have you found yourself looking longingly at pictures of holiday destinations on the internet? Are you starting to get itchy feet? Even if you’re not planning to go book anywhere just yet, you might be getting some ideas together. And once you’ve got your heart set on a new destination, you’re going to need to look at what accommodation is available.
With so much choice out there, it can be hard to spot good rental accommodation. These tips should make it a little easier.
Does it look loved?
Stick to houses and apartments that look as though they’re well-cared for. You’re less likely to encounter maintenance issues that could ruin your vacation experience. Look for places that look as though have had money spent on them.
If you’re self-catering, be sure to pick accommodation with new bathrooms and kitchens. If the owner is willing to spend money keeping these rooms up to date, then it’s likely to be properly managed and comfortable to stay in.
Is it in the heart of the action?
Don’t be fooled by descriptions that say it’s just moments from the beach. Check where it’s pinpointed on the map. Is it a few minutes’ walk or a good drive away?
If you’re not sure the location is right for you, make a list of the spots you want to visit on your trip, mark the areas that are well-located for your sight-seeing and look for accommodation in these areas. Do remember to check that these areas are safe for tourists.
Does it offer the most for your money?
Whatever your budget is for accommodation, it’s always good to do a comparison. You should check that you’re paying the right amount for the destination but also that the place you like isn’t listed on another site at a cheaper price. You could find in popular tourist areas you’re paying more for the location rather than the quality of the accommodation. In this case, you’ll need to decide which is more important.
What if it’s really cheap? Then it may be worth doing that extra bit of research to check it’s all above board and you’re not being duped into renting substandard accommodation.
Has it got something special?
If you’re going on holiday for an anniversary or special celebration, you’ll want to pick somewhere that has a quality that other properties don’t. What will make your trip stand out in your memories? A knock-out view, the use of a pool or hot-tub, or access to a private beach? Look what’s on offer in your preferred destination and look for recommendations from seasoned travellers. Ask for tips on social media if you want some ideas.
Have you checked the reviews?
Reviews are always going to be subjective, so they won’t tell you the whole story about a place. And worse still, some can be fake to make a place seem attractive. But that aside, it can be a good indicator of what the property is like to rent.
Read a good number of reviews so you get enough of an overview. If there aren’t many reviews, ask yourself why. It may be just a new rental, or there could be another reason.