Sunday, July 20, 2014

Top Family Vacation Destinations and Tips Too!

Taking a family vacation is a fantastic way to make memories that everyone in the family will remember forever.  Some of the fondest memories people have are of their family vacations.  However, it can be difficult to plan a family vacation, taking some of the fun out of it.  We want you to have the best family vacation ever, so we have a few tips on how to plan the ultimate family vacation as well as some of the most popular destinations!
Disney-area 10 bedroom vacation home

1.  Plan...AHEAD.
Yes, this is pretty important!  For the most part, taking family vacations take a lot of planning, especially if you have families traveling long distances. Another reason this is so important is that most often, family vacations are taken at peak vacation times like summer break, Christmas break, and spring break.  These times of the year often book up very fast and the best accommodations are booked up well in advance.  For example, try to book a vacation rental that sleeps 12 people in the middle of spring break--it's nearly impossible if you wait until the last minute.  We say nearly because of course there are exceptions depending on where the destination is.

2.  Have a leader...or two.
It can be hard to juggle all of the tasks of planning a big family vacation, so put someone in charge of the majority of the planning and keep things organized.  It's also nice to be able to delegate tasks like booking a fishing trip, airport transportation, or making dinner reservations.   So you might want to pass along some of those tasks to another person or two.

3.  Plan for more than enough space
Family vacations are without a doubt one of the most fun things a family can do together!  At the same time, it's no fun to all squeeze into one tiny hotel room.  Let's face it, at the end of the day, we are happy to all be together but we might want some space.  Having extra space can reduce the stresses of travel and make it more enjoyable for everyone.  How could a family of 5 sleep all night in one hotel room if the baby is up crying all night?  It makes for an exhausting trip if everyone gets woken up.  Having more than one sleeping area makes all the difference.  An added bonus is when you have a living area so that the kids and adults can spread out a bit (a benefit of vacation rentals).

4. Plan some activities
Of course it is important to be flexible while on vacation, but it's also a good idea to book some activities ahead of time.  Let's say you want to go fishing, but didn't book ahead or look into a few boat charters.  Now you will be stuck wasting time on your vacation searching for a company to take you fishing.  It's a lot easier to have at least a few activities planned or booked ahead.  At the least, do your research before leaving and jot down a few companies you would like to book an activity with.

5.  Have some FUN!
When it comes down to it, all that matters is you are on vacation with your family, making lasting memories.  If things don't go as planned, just roll with it!  Don't have a breakdown in front of Disney World like the mother did on the hit TV show The Middle.   It's just not worth making a big scene at Disney World just because things haven't gone the way you hoped!  Enjoy every minute of your family vacation!

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii vacation condo
If you are taking a family vacation and need some ideas of where to go, the most popular destinations are: Orlando/Disney, Florida, Hawaii,   Lake Tahoe, and Yellowstone National Park.  All of these destinations offer a lot of activities that the whole family will enjoy!  If you need help planning your family vacation, contact our travel specialist.  We love helping our customers find their perfect place for their family vacation!

PerfectPlaces.com has over 66,000  vacation rental properties in over 79 countries.  Perfect Places is dedicated to helping travelers find and rent vacation rental properties worldwide. Vacation Rental properties offer a compelling alternative to Hotels for travelers seeking additional space, amenities and value that Hotels are often unable to match. Perfect Places is a privately owned company headquartered in Mountain View, California.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Niagara Falls Vacation Guide

Niagara Falls is known for one of the most breathtaking, natural, waterfalls in the world.  Located on the border of the United Sates and Canada, this natural wonder is one of the most visited places in North America.  The falls have even been known for daredevils plunging down the falls in barrels, jumping from the top of the falls, or most recently a man walked 1800 feet on a tightrope across the falls.  Niagara Falls is so popular that over 28 Million people visit each year.

You have two options when you visit Niagara Falls.  You can either visit the American side or you can visit the Canadian side.  Or, if you have your passport, you may visit both!  Either side offers plenty of breathtaking views, attractions, restuarants and lodging for your vacation in Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls
Some of the top attractions around Niagara Falls are:
1.  Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory -Featuring over 2,000 colorful tropical butterflies floating freely among lush, exotic blossoms and greenery.  Located within the Botanical Gardens.
2.  Niagara Glen Nature Center -Overlooking the spectacular Niagara River, the Niagara Glen Nature Centre offers a wide variety of activities such as hiking trails, plant conservation and picnic areas.
3.  Niagara Sky Wheel -Soar 175 feet above Niagara Falls for the most spectacular view you will ever experience.
4.  Niagara Park Botanical Gardens -Niagara Parks' Botanical Gardens is located on the scenic Niagara Parkway and the Great Gorge, just a 10 minute drive north of the Niagara Falls.
5.  Rainbow Bridge -Enjoy the most beautiful views from the bridge that connects the United States and Canada.

While you are in the Niagara Falls area, spread out and enjoy your vacation in one of our Niagara Falls vacation rentals!

Just a quick drive away from the Falls, this 3 bedroom Niagara Falls vacation home is located right in wine country!  Why not have a little more rest and relaxation at this large home, with bedding for 8 people, a large outdoor patio, and the location is directly within the grounds of a wonderful winery.

Niagara on the Lake vacation rental
Another great option is this Bed and Breakfast that offers 1-2 bedroom rentals in Niagara Falls!  Enjoy the large deck, gazebo, bikes, and a hot breakfast every morning.  Walk just a few minutes to the Falls, the casino, Maid of the Mist, Clifton Hills, and more!  Just right outside your door and ready for you to enjoy all the Niagara Falls Attractions!

Niagara Falls Bed and Breakfast vacation rental
If you need some help planning your trip to Niagara Falls, contact our travel specialist for help.  We love to assist our customers with finding the perfect place for vacation!

PerfectPlaces.com has over 66,000  vacation rental properties in over 79 countries.  Perfect Places is dedicated to helping travelers find and rent vacation rental properties worldwide. Vacation Rental properties offer a compelling alternative to Hotels for travelers seeking additional space, amenities and value that Hotels are often unable to match. Perfect Places is a privately owned company headquartered in Mountain View, California.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Tips for taking a last minute vacation

Have the itch to go on vacation at the last minute?  You are not alone!  Many people decide at the last minute that a vacation is much needed!  Sometimes waiting until the last minute to book your travel can work against you.  Many times, the airlines raise the prices and hotels increase the rate if they are almost sold out.  But on the other hand, sometimes you can find some great last minute vacation deals!  Here are a few tips on how to get the best bang for your buck on your last minute vacation!

 Be flexible with your travel dates
This is very important!  If you can be flexible with your travel dates, it makes last minute bookings much more economical.  If you are flying this very important as last minute flights can cost $1000 or more.  Try a budget airline for your last minute travel.  As the departure dates get closer and seats are empty, they often discount their ticket prices.  Just be sure to check every airlines additional fees.

Use social media to your advantage
Often times, travel companies post last minute specials on their social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+.  If you are following those in the travel industry, such as Perfect Places, keep an eye out daily for posts that offer last minute or discounted travel.  This can help greatly if you want to travel somewhere and would like to keep a budget in mind.  It is even better if you are flexible with your destination, as special deals may be located throughout the world.

Travel closer to home
We often overlook vacations that are near our home and within driving distance.  Driving avoids the heavy price tag of some last minute flights!  Sometimes all we need is a good deal within a 5 hour drive to have a nice relaxing vacation!  If you live in New York City, travel to upstate New York, or to Niagara Falls to escape the hectic NYC lifestyle.  Escape Nashville and head West to the Smoky Mountains to write your newest hit song in a secluded and peaceful log cabin home. There are almost always some great vacation destinations within a short drive of home.

Just remember to keep your options open, and have a great time on your last minute vacation!   Before you know it, you will be relaxing on the beach, hiking through the mountains, shopping in a quaint seaside village, or wherever your last minute vacation may take you!
If you need some help planning your last minute vacation, contact our travel specialist for help.  We love to assist our customers with finding the perfect place for a last minute vacation!

PerfectPlaces.com has over 66,000  vacation rental properties in over 79 countries.  Perfect Places is dedicated to helping travelers find and rent vacation rental properties worldwide. Vacation Rental properties offer a compelling alternative to Hotels for travelers seeking additional space, amenities and value that Hotels are often unable to match. Perfect Places is a privately owned company headquartered in Mountain View, California.



Thursday, June 5, 2014

Top Honeymoon Destinations

The I do's have been said and the wedding reception is over.  Now it's off to one of the best parts of getting married- the honeymoon! Nearly 1.5 million couples take a honeymoon each year, with the average cost being around $4,500 dollars.  It's no question that those who opt for a honeymoon want to be sure that their honeymoon is the best!  The most popular destinations are Florida, Hawaii, Mexico, Jamaica and the Bahamas.  With the top honeymoon destinations spread throughout the world, it can be overwhelming to select the best honeymoon destination.  Here are a few options for those who are looking for the most memorable honeymoon experience.

Bahamas
The Bahamas are sought after by honeymooners looking for an island getaway.  Located just Southeast of Florida, the Bahama's offer a rather quick flight from the tip of Florida (Miami being the most popular airport to fly out of).

Have your own private beach!  This wonderful beachfront vacation apartment in Piegeon Cay, Bahamas is set on over 3 acres of land offering beach and bay access.  The one bedroom vacation apartment is fully equipped with a full kitchen, living area, and offers canoes, kayaks and bicycles to use during your stay! 

1 bedroom vacation rental in Pigeon Cay, Bahamas



Mexico
Mexico offers several top honeymoon destinations including Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas and Cozumel.  The most popular destination is Cancun because it was one of the first tourist destinations to be developed in Mexico.  It also offers the most direct, non-stop flights to and from Cancun International Airport.

Spend your honeymoon at this luxurious Cancun, Mexico vacation condo that offers swimming pools, tennis courts, beautiful beach area with palapalas and more!
Vacation rental in Cancun, Mexico
 Jamaica
After your wedding, escape away to the Island of Love-Jamaica!  Located south of Cuba and west of Haiti, this wonderful island offers the beautiful water of the Caribbean and the tranquility that honeymooners seek.  But don't worry, there is no shortage of activities in Jamaica!  From visiting the Dunn's River Falls, to horseback riding, to lounging on the beach, you will make lasting memories no matter what you choose!

If you take your honeymoon to Jamaica, stay at this oceanfront property located in the extremely popular area of Negril.  This vacation condo in Negril is located in a boutique resort that offers a great location on world famous Negril Beach!
Studio vacation rental in Negril, Jamaica
Hawaii
There is no doubt that Hawaii is one of the top honeymoon destinations in the world.  With world famous beaches, surf, mountains, rainforests and world class accommodations, it's an extremely appealing destination for a honeymoon(or any vacation for that matter)!  Hawaii is made up of six islands, Hawaii Island (also known as Big Island), Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu and Kauai.  The options are endless when it comes to which island to stay at and which accommodations to choose.  Any island you choose will provide you with a fantastic honeymoon; you really cannot go wrong in Hawaii!  If you can't decide, you can always island hop as there are many options for transportation to the other islands.

One of the most popular honeymoon locations is the island of Maui.  Imagine your honeymoon at this one bedroom vacation condo in Maui that offers breathtaking ocean views right from your living room and bedroom!  The condo is located in a wonderful resort that offers a beachfront location on one of the best beaches and a great location for activities, restaurants, shopping and more.
1 bedroom oceanfront vacation condo in Maui
Florida
Florida is a very popular destination for honeymoons and vacations in general.  Florida's west coast is along the Gulf of Mexico and the east coast is along the Pacific ocean, offering numerous options for your honeymoon.  Top honeymoon destinations in Florida are Fort Myers, Miami, Key West, and Marco Island.  If you seek more action, consider staying in Miami or Fort Myers, but if you seek a more intimate honeymoon, opt for Marco Island or Key West.

Fort Meyers is a fabulous location for a honeymoon because it offers peace and quiet, but also offers options if you want a little more action and night life.  This 1 bedroom oceanfront condo in Fort Myers is a wonderful place to stay on your honeymoon.  It offers views of the bay and the ocean, complimentary breakfast, and the beautiful pool and hot tub grounds are sure to please!
1 bedroom vacation condo in Fort Myers, Forida
All in all, no matter where you choose to honeymoon, there are some fantastic destinations to choose from.  Remember, a honeymoon is taken to celebrate, relax, and enjoy each other, so wherever you may go we hope you enjoy yourself and make lasting memories!  If you still are not sure where you would like to take your honeymoon, contact our travel specialist for help.  We love to assist our customers with finding the perfect place for their honeymoon!

PerfectPlaces.com has over 66,000  vacation rental properties in over 79 countries.  Perfect Places is dedicated to helping travelers find and rent vacation rental properties worldwide. Vacation Rental properties offer a compelling alternative to Hotels for travelers seeking additional space, amenities and value that Hotels are often unable to match. Perfect Places is a privately owned company headquartered in Mountain View, California.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Budget Friendly Vacations

At Perfect Places, we know that sometimes our customers want to travel on a budget.  Sometimes it can be hard to find a vacation that fits within a lower budget, so we have taken the time to highlight some of our great budget friendly vacation rentals!  Budget doesn't mean dirty, dingy or in a poor location.  In fact many of our budget friendly vacation properties have 4-5 star user ratings and are in great locations!  Here are just a few of our properties that you can book, while staying within your budge!
2 bedroom condo in Maui, Hawaii

Kihei, Hawaii (on the island of Maui)
I personally cannot believe the price and the location of this condo!  If you stay between June 10th and August 31, your nightly rate will be just $10.00!  Yes you read that correct, just $10.00 a night for this condo that is just steps to Kamaole Beach!  This 2 bedroom and 2 bathroom Kihei, Hawaii condo sleeps up to 4 people, has a spacious pool, washer and dryer in the unit, and covered parking!  This unit also offers another budget friendly time of year for $30.00 a night if you stay between December 15-31st. This is one of the best deals we have seen at Perfect Places!

1 bedroom vacation condo in Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
This is one of the top destinations for spring break and summer break vacations!  Myrtle Beach offers great shopping, restaurants, golf and of course beaches!  This has got to be one of the best deals on Myrtle Beach.  This 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom condo in Myrtle Beach has a washer and dryer in the unit, several pools, whirlpool and is located just minutes to many activities!  All of this for prices starting at just $54.00 a night for stays between November 8-January 2nd! 
1 bedroom vacation apartment in Croatia

Lastovo-Zaklopatica, Croatia
Wow, this is one beautiful view from this 1 bedroom vacation apartment in Croatia!  Walk to down to the beach, sit on your deck and take in the views, or walk to shops and restaurants!  Croatia is a very beautiful country and this ocean view apartment is perfect.  Stay at this budget friendly Croatia vacation apartment for just $21.00-$64.00 a night year round!

With many, many more budget friendly vacation rental options, Perfect Places is a great resource for your next vacation!  Contact our travel specialist for help finding the perfect place for your budget friendly vacation!

PerfectPlaces.com has over 66,000  vacation rental properties in over 79 countries.  Perfect Places is dedicated to helping travelers find and rent vacation rental properties worldwide. Vacation Rental properties offer a compelling alternative to Hotels for travelers seeking additional space, amenities and value that Hotels are often unable to match. Perfect Places is a privately owned company headquartered in Mountain View, California.


Friday, May 9, 2014

Top Luxury Vacation Rental Destinations

Dreaming of living like luxury while you are on vacation?  Well dream no more!  We have some of the top luxury vacation rental homes around the world.  From The Americas to Indonesia, we have the luxurious vacation homes you are looking for!

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Cabo San Lucas is located at the southernmost tip of the Baja California peninsula in the country of Mexico.  With the Pacific Ocean and Gulf of California bordering the city, Cabo makes for a wonderful tourist destination.  In fact, it is considered to be one of the top five tourist destinations in all of Mexico!
There is no shortage of Luxury Vacation Homes in Cabo San Lucas!  If you are looking for an upscale vacation property to stay at during your vacation to Cabo, try this ocean front vacation home.
9 bedroom oceanfront vacation home in Cabo San Lucas
Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Puntarenas is a peninsula located on the western side of Costa Rica.  Its ideal beaches and ocean surf attract surfers and vacationers alike.  With beautiful mountains, waterfalls and other natural attractions, this little "island" has it all.
Some of the most beautiful and luxurious vacation properties can be found in Puntarenas.  This 4 bedroom luxury vacation villa in Puntarenas can sleep up to 8 people and boasts amazing views of the mountains and the ocean. This home is truly one of a kind and the attention to detail can be found in every room! It's no wonder this home has been featured in Travel & Leisure Magazine and the Wall Street Journal.  
4 bedroom luxury vacation home in Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Breckenridge, Colorado
Breckenridge is one of the top vacation destinations in Colorado.  Most well known for its incredible skiing and snowboarding slopes, it is also well known for its world class shopping. An added bonus- celebrities can be spotted in Breckenridge throughout the year making it an extra exciting vacation destination.
Nearly ever home in Breckenridge is a multimillion dollar home, so it's not difficult to live in luxury on vacation here.  This Breckenridge 7 bedroom and 8 bathroom luxury mountain home is in such a great location that you can ski in and out of the home!  No worrying about driving to the ski resort, just hop on the slopes from your back door.
Ski in/out 7 bedroom home in Breckenridge, CO


Bali, Indonesia 
The island of Bali is one of the most sought after exotic vacation destinations in the world.  Its remote location and beautiful beaches make it an enticing destination for travelers seeking seclusion and an exotic atmosphere.
The architecture in Bali is exquisite and the luxury homes prove that!  This Bali 5 bedroom luxury villa is located on Bali's southwestern coastline with 100 meters of beachfront access.  You will be waited on by the home's staff as well as have use of the private chef; it is like you are at your own private resort.  This is relaxing luxury, at its finest!
5 bedroom vacation rental in Bali, Indonesia
Wherever your lap of luxury may be, consider some of these beautiful luxury vacation rentals across the world.  But don't stop there, we have over 66,000 vacation rental properties around the world!  Your luxury vacation rental accommodations are waiting for you!  Not sure where you want to travel?  Be sure to contact our travel specialist who will help you find the perfect place for your luxury vacation!

PerfectPlaces.com has over 66,000  vacation rental properties in over 79 countries.  Perfect Places is dedicated to helping travelers find and rent vacation rental properties worldwide. Vacation Rental properties offer a compelling alternative to Hotels for travelers seeking additional space, amenities and value that Hotels are often unable to match. Perfect Places is a privately owned company headquartered in Mountain View, California.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Tips For Traveling With Pets

So you want to go on vacation with your furry friend(s) but not sure where to go, what the airline rules are and so forth?  Don't worry.  We have put together a little guide on the best ways to travel with pets.
1.  Find a location that is pet friendly.  There are some great cities across the world that allow pets in public areas, restaurants and even in shopping areas.  On the other hand, some cities frown against bring Fluffy out for dinner or to the park.  Some great pet friendly cities are: San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, London, Paris, and Rome to name a few.  Also, if you plan to be a beach bum on vacation and want your furry friend with you, be sure to check the local beach rules as some do not allow pets on the beach.

2.  Find transportation that allows pets.  Most airlines allow pets to ride on the plane as long as they fit underneath the seat in front of you.  However space is limited for pets so be sure to make arrangements ahead of time.  Larger pets may be required to ride in the cargo underneath the plane, and in some cases even small pets may have to.  The fees for the pets range from airline to airline so be sure to check the cost before booking your own tickets.

3.  Find lodging that is pet friendly. While many hotels are starting to add pet friendly accommodations, we think it's a great idea to book a pet friendly vacation rental.  Vacation rentals offer more space for you and your four legged friend to sprawl out.  So there is a less likely chance of receiving a phone call that your pet has been barking all day.  Just like humans, pets like to feel like they are at home when they are away. 

Here are just a few of our most popular pet friendly vacation rentals:

Nova Scotia, Canada
Wow, can you believe these panoramic views of this 4 bedroom vacation house in Antigonish, Nova Scotia?  This large beach house is located on the Northumberland Straight with miles of beach frontage.  It has a full kitchen, wonderful patio with views of the ocean, and sleeps 8 people.  Best of all, your pets are welcome here to enjoy the home, the spacious yard and of course the beach!
nova scotia vacation rental
4 bedroom beach house in Nova Scotia

Paris, France
This is a spectacular pet friendly vacation apartment in Paris, France!  The apartment is in the heart  of  the city allowing you to walk out the front door and to the main attractions like the Notre Dame, the Louvre, and many amazing restaurants that allow dogs and cats to dine with you!
pet friednly vacation apartment in paris
1 bedroom vacation apartment in Paris, France

















Hollywood, California
If you want a pet friendly state to visit, California might be one of the best.  Stay at this pet friendly 1 bedroom and 2 bathroom vacation condo in Hollwood, California!  This condo has a great location, with beach views.  This area is very pet friendly as you can walk up and down Hollywood Boardwalk with your pet! 
hollywood california vacation rental
Hollywood, California vacation condo



















These are just a few tips on traveling with pets and some wonderful properties for you to enjoy with them! We have nearly 21,000 pet friendly vacation rentals, so be sure to check out all we have to offer. We likely have a pet friendly accommodation wherever your perfect place for vacation may be!

PerfectPlaces.com has over 60,000  vacation rental properties in over 79 countries.  Perfect Places is dedicated to helping travelers find and rent vacation rental properties worldwide. Vacation Rental properties offer a compelling alternative to Hotels for travelers seeking additional space, amenities and value that Hotels are often unable to match. Perfect Places is a privately owned company headquartered in Mountain View, California.