Winter Vacation Rentals: Do's and Don'ts
Make plans to stay warm this winter; you deserve it. Whether you’re a Southerner heading North for a taste of frosty air, or you’re a snowbird from the East Coast hightailing it to Florida, you can find a winter vacation rental to meet your needs. Just follow this simple list of Do’s and Don’ts to ensure you get the most out of renting your winter vacation home.
Be a flake It’s unwise to wait last-minute to make important decisions like where to stay, what type of property you’d like to rent, or even who you’d like to join you on your winter vacation. Begin planning your winter vacation during the summer months when the best deals and special offers are opening up for travelers searching for places to visit during Winter’s peak season. Figure out what type of winter vacation you’re looking for first, and then the type of accommodations should fall into place.
Get snowed over Hotels and resorts often sneak in hidden fees at the end of your stay. Who knew you’d get charged for that tiny bag of chips you ate at midnight? Or what about the exorbitant price for wi-fi access? In addition to these, abstractions like “booking” or “parking,” often show up on your bill - details they didn’t tell you about until it was too late. Avoid getting nickel and dimed and check into a winter vacation rental instead where you can know, up front, where your dollar is going.
Skate on thin ice Don’t go blindly into the renting experience. Make a list of the questions you have to ask the owners, for example – pet-friendly rentals, long-term winter rentals or sleeping arrangements if the listing is not clear. The worst thing is when you arrive somewhere that wasn’t what you were expecting. For even more insurance, consider registering your trip with HomeAway’s Rent with Confidence Guarantee so that if the worst case scenario comes true, you will have a back-up plan.
Be king of your own “ice castle” When you rent a vacation home for the winter, you get to be king of your own castle, without having to wait for agendas imposed by tour guides or suggestions from overworked concierges. Take advantage of the privacy from other travelers and extra space to spread out, instead of having to live out of a suitcase. As king of your castle, you also get to
choose what kind of winter rental you’d prefer: a condo, a cabin, villa or beach house. Or plan a family reunion in a lodge rental with ski-in/ski-out access!
Save a bundle Chipping in on a winter cabin rental with friends or family is a great way to save money. See how far your dollar is stretched when you split a long-term winter season rental five or six ways. Another smart way to save money when staying in a winter chalet or condo rental is to cook at home. Winter vacation rentals have kitchens so you don’t have to spend money eating out for every meal. Save your cash to spend on other things, like snowboarding or that fabulous parka you spotted in town.
Get cozy Part of the appeal of staying in a winter vacation rental instead of a hotel room or resort is the access you gain to hospitable amenities that truly make you feel at home. Home comforts like linens, flatware, DVD libraries, books, game rooms, and in some cases, hot tubs or flat screen TV’s serve to make your stay as cozy and comfy as possible. Need to stay connected to work while on vacation? Check into a winter rental that offers high speed internet access or sports an office nook, perfect for working undisturbed.