Friday, October 28, 2011

Traveling with Pets Takes Planning and Patience

pet friendly vacation rentals

Pet friendly vacation rentals have contributed to the rise in the number of pets going along on trips with their owners. After all, it's tough keeping a dog in a hotel room, and impossible to bring a cat.

But when you're staying in a pet friendly vacation rental, you often have the luxury of a yard and the space to accommodate the needs of your dog, cat or other pet.

If you're flying, be sure to check regulations specific to your airline. Most, if not all, only allow dogs or cats in the cabins with you, and you'll need an airline-approved carrier. You'll probably need a health certificate from your Veterinarian. If your pet is traveling as checked luggage, the airline may also have temperature restrictions (meaning they won't accept a pet if the day-of-travel temperatures aren't within certain ranges). Airlines also have restrictions on how many total pets are allowed on one flight and have special check-in procedures. You'll likely be asked to go through a checklist with the agent at the counter.

If you're traveling by car, you'll want to provide your pet with a secure, safe, well-ventilated crate or carrier. They should be able to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in it. The crate or carrier should be strapped down with a seat belt or bungee cord. Your pet will get as uncomfortable as you on a long car ride. Treat your pet like you'd treat one of your kids. Don't leave them in a car by themselves. Keep them entertained with toys. Interact with them so they don't get grouchy. They may not be able to ask "are we there yet," but they'll be thinking it just the same.

Other traveling tips: bring your pet's vaccination record, even if you're not traveling by plane; don't let them your pet ride with his or her head out the window -- it's dangerous and they could jump out; plan on extra time for bathroom breaks -- your pet will be "going" in an unfamiliar area and that can take more time.

Once you reach your destination, allow your pet to get acclimated to their environment, but keep a close eye on them. It's an unfamiliar area to you both. In no time at all, you'll both be settled in and enjoying your vacation together.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Best Places to Travel in 2012: We've Got Vacation Rentals There

National Geographic just released its Best of the World 2012 and several Perfect Places property locations made the list. There's no better way to "feel like a local" in the best places to travel than in vacation rentals.

Sonoma, California

Score one for California vacation rentals in Sonoma. More than 300 wineries are enough reason to visit Sonoma, but the area has much more to offer. Take a relaxing float down the Russian River in an inner tube, stroll among soaring, ancient Redwoods, see Spanish adobe missions and Russian stockades, go antique hunting and so much more.

Istria, Croatia

Reminiscent of Tuscany, Istria is a romantic Adriatic region on Croatia's north peninsula. It's known for truffles, white wines, olive oil estates and ancient towns located on picturesque hillsides.


If you haven't already booked a vacation rental for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, now would be a good time. The city has spent $15 billion getting start of the art facilities up and running. Even if you can't get a ticket to the sporting events, there'll be plenty of buzz and excitement in and around one of the world's premier cities. Don't miss out.

New Zealand

If you've seen the Lord of the Rings movies, you know how unique and different the scenery looked. That's because they were filmed in New Zealand, which boasts some of the world's best natural beauty. See hot springs, glaciers, rain forests, volcanoes and much more.


Panama's a confluence of indigenous culture, nature and modern globalism. The Panama Canal makes the country a focal point for world trade. As you travel past the Canal Zone you encounter volcanoes, native cultures, national parks, tropical rain forests and more natural beauty than you can see in one trip.


From the high elevations of Machu Picchu to the world's deepest canyons, from the world's rarest birds to bustling Lima, there are plenty of reasons to book a vacation rental in Peru. One of the best may be the recent discovery by foodies of all the culinary delights available in Peru. While locals have long known about Peru's great food, outsiders are just beginning to appreciate the flavors this South American country has to offer.


How about a visit to the birthplace of Western Civilization? Not only will you find all the history you can handle, you'll also be amazed by seaside resorts and a rugged mainland with spectacular scenery.

Muskoka, Ontario

Muskoka's for anyone looking to truly get away from it all. It's a 2,500 square mile area that offers over 8,500 miles of shoreline on dozens of lakes, waterfalls, historic towns and natural beauty that will keep you in awe for your entire trip.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

6 Thanksgiving Travel Tips

Tip #1: Leave the crowds behind. If you haven't made your plans yet, consider vacation rentals by secluded beaches.

Thanksgiving, one of the busiest travel Holidays, can frustrate you with delays, crowds and bad weather. In fact, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year. (Tip #2: Avoid traveling the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, if you can.) But seeing family and friends and enjoying a feast together more than makes up for the hassles. Here are tips to help your Thanksgiving travel go smoother this year.

Tip# 3: Confirm your bookings. Even if you've gotten confirmation on your vacation rental or flight, it doesn't hurt to follow up with a phone call to make sure everything's in order. In all likelihood, everything will be fine, but you might catch a detail that could spoil your Thanksgiving.

Tip #4: Beat the traffic and crowds. If your vacation rental is in a popular destination, expect lines at the airport, and expect traffic to be more congested when you arrive. Leave extra time and you'll eliminate one less pain point. If flights are delayed, you'll be first in line to get the next available seats. If the Florida highways are crowded, you can relax knowing you've got plenty of time. Planning on eating out? Then make your reservations in advance. You can always change your mind.

Tip #5: Avoid lost luggage. If you simply can't avoid taking a lot of bags, consider packing early and using a door-to-door shipping service to have them delivered to your destination. Since airlines are charging hefty fees for luggage now, you're going to have to pay anyway. And unlike an airline, a shipping service will give you a tracking number and tell you where your bags are in route at all times.

Tip #6: For drivers. Watch the weather and be flexible about your route. Have your car serviced and checked out for potential problems. Pack as lightly as possible, especially if you have an overnight stay along the way. And bring plenty of games and videos along for the kids. If you can, plan a special stop along the way that they can look forward to. It will make a long drive seem less boring.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Outer Banks Highway 12 Connects Hatteras with North Carolina

There's great news for North Carolina's Outer Banks. Highway 12, closed since Hurricane Irene blew threw the area in late August, has reopened. Irene actually created a new inlet and washed out sections of road near Rodanthe. Late Monday, workers finished a 662-foot steel bridge over the inlet, connecting Hatteras Island with the rest of the mainland.

The North Carolina department of roads considers the fix temporary until they can develop a long-term strategy on how to handle damage caused by storms that hit the Outer Banks.

A ferry service had bee transporting residents between Rodanthe and Stumpy point since Irene.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

First Snow in Tahoe - Time to Book Your Ski Vacation Rentals

Breaking news! Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl, Alpine Meadows and other Lake Tahoe ski resorts saw their first snows on October 5, meaning ski season's just around the corner. Now's the time to book your ski vacation rentals especially if you are considering a trip over Thanksgiving or Christmas and New Year Holidays. Rates are most reasonable if you book early, and the best, most popular dates are still available.

Ski vacation rentals have quite a few advantages over hotels or resorts. First, you'll likely to have a lot more room to spread out. Most ski vacation rentals accommodate a family or two. Pets are often welcome, and you'll have in-the-house access to things like pool tables, hot tubs, multiple big screen TVs, game rooms and much, much more. You won't have to leave your home or condo to have fun, unless you want to. Of course, ski vacation rentals are located in the heart of the best skiing and winter entertainment that Tahoe has to offer. has 453 Lake Tahoe vacation rentals in a variety of price ranges. All of them include great amenities to make your stay more comfortable, convenient and enjoyable.

Here are some great resources you can use as you plan your ski trip:

The California Transportation Department has webcams located throughout the Tahoe Area where you can check Tahoe weather conditions.

Here are a few of our favorite weather links for the Tahoe area:

Tahoe Weather Geek


South Lake Tahoe

Monday, October 3, 2011

Blazing fall colors, blazing deals on vacation rentals

Across the country, fall colors are blazing in a frenzy of beautiful colors. Trees are turning gorgeous shades of red, orange and yellow, transforming bland landscapes into palettes of bright and beautiful colors. Now's the time to escape into a peaceful woodlands vacation rental home or cabin and enjoy nature's beauty first hand, before it's too late. offers properties in a variety of locations perfect for viewing all the colors fall has to offer. We recently added dozens of new vacation rentals in Northern Michigan, where the fall color viewing is at its peak through mid-October. If you can't travel until later in the autumn, then try some of our mid-South properties in Tennessee, North Carolina or elsewhere in Appalachia.

And be sure to check out our Deals and Specials page for ways to enjoy all the beauty of fall for less.