Friday, August 22, 2014

Vacation Rentals --Adventures of first time rental guests!


Beach front condo in Treasure Island, FL
Vacation rentals are becoming increasingly popular and over the next year we will see bookings increase even further. People are beginning to realize that vacation rentals not only offer a great value, but the offer amenities that are not always possible to have at a hotel. For some people, they may hesitate with reserving a vacation rental, because the have simply never stayed at one! Well, if that sound likes you, we have the answer. Sit back, relax, and read along as we take a journey with a first time vacation rental customer!

Andy and Karen are avid golfers and take a golf vacation each year. The couple travel to golf courses around the country and always seek out a fantastic destination that offers them other things to do like live shows, shopping, restaurants and sight seeing. In the past, they have stayed in hotels because that is just what they have always known. This year, the decided to give a vacation rental a whirl, and boy were they glad!  The two decided that Branson, Missiouri would be a great place to take their golf vacation because it offers world class golfing and is also known as the live music capitol of the United States! The city offers exciting entertainment, restaurants galore, shopping, and some great museums (like Ripley's Believe it or Not). After contacting one of Perfect Places travel specialists, the couple booked their first vacation rental--a private golf course vacation home in Branson

After they booked their Branson vacation rental online, they received an email with their confirmation and directions on how to check into their home upon arrival. The home they stayed at offered a convenient check in--just type in the code on the door and the place is all yours! It was as simple as that. They opened the door to their vacation home and were totally blown away by how nice and large it was. In fact, they told us that they "should have brought more people with to share the wonderful amenities"!

After unpacking their items in their own master bedroom, they decided to run to the store to pick up some things to make for meals. This vacation home had a full gourmet kitchen and it sure was a hit! "We saved so much money by being able to cook most of our meals in the kitchen as well as use the wonderful grill on the deck that overlooked the golf course"! It was nice for them to be able to come home at the end of a long golf day and have such a nice space to relax in. They were able to use the whirlpool, relax on the couch and watch the big screen TV, have a garage for their car and so much more. Their vacation home even came with the community amenities of a club house, fitness room and an outdoor pool!  When the vacation came to an end, the said they didn't want to leave and wished they would have stayed longer! They immediately started thinking about where they would vacation next and what vacation rental they might book!


We were so happy to hear they had a fantastic vacation at our golf course vacation home in Branson and we look forward to booking their next golf vacation! With over 66,000 vacation rental properties world-wide, it shouldn't be hard to find another great vacation rental for Andy and Karen. Booking a vacation rental is really very simple and the benefits of staying at one are so great! From the beach, to the mountains, to the desert, we have vacation rentals of all kinds! If you haven't ever stayed at a vacation rental, we encourages you to give it a try. If you would like more information about reserving a vacation rental, please feel free to contact us! We love helping our customers find the perfect place for their 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 31, 2014

Top Snowbird Vacation Destinations


Summer will be coming to an end soon and fall will be upon us before we know it.  If the thought of cold temperatures haunts you, then it's time to start planning your winter vacation!  If you plan on traveling a few weeks, or the entire winter, planning ahead is a great way to secure the best vacation properties out there.  To make it easier, we have compiled a list of the Top Snowbird Vacation Destinations for all of you snowbirds out there!  

Tip: Book early to save! Planning ahead can sometimes save you money as some properties offer a discount for booking early!

2 bedroom snowbird rental in Panama City Beach, FL
1.  Florida
Many areas of Florida are considered snowbird destinations that bring in millions of visitors each winter.  From the Gulf coast to the Atlantic coast, there are many cities that offer everything you are looking for during your winter vacation. Popular destinations are:
-Fort Myers 
-Napels
-Marco Island
-Panama City Beach


2 bedroom snowbird condo in Tucson, Arizona
2.  Arizona 
Like Florida, Arizona offers many areas with an array of activities that everyone can enjoy.  From hiking, biking, white water rafting, and great shopping, there is really something for everyone.   Snowbirds often flock here to escape the cold temperatures and avoid the humidity other southern regions have.  Some top winter vacation destinations are:
-Scottsdale/Phoenix/Mesa
-Tucson






Located in South Carolina along the Atlantic Ocean, Myrtle Beach offers over 100 championship golf courses, beautiful beaches and some great fishing!  Myrtle Beach offers a great location for those golf enthusiasts who also love the beach.
3 bedroom beachfront vacation home in Galveston, Texas




4.  Texas
Long known for snowbird travelers, Texas is a great place to vacation during the winter months as it offers perfect temperatures and happens to be close to the Mexican border.   While on winter vacation in Texas, many travelers take a vacation within a vacation and travel across the border for a day or more.  With live music, fabulous weather, and a variety of activities to explore each day, Texas is sure to keep you as busy as you would like.  Popular snowbird destinations are:
-Galveston
-Corpus Christi
-Austin

5.  Mexico
From staying in the city to staying right on the beach, Mexico offers a lot of options for snowbird travelers.  Often times your dollar goes a lot further in Mexico which is another reason millions of travelers choose Mexico as their winter vacation destination.  The top destinations for winter travelers are:
-Puerto Vallarta
-Playa Del Carmen


Still not sure where to vacation this winter?  Contact our Travel Specialist for some help deciding! We love to help our customers find the perfect place for their winter snowbird vacation!

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.