Thursday, August 29, 2013

Vacation Rental 102

As we promised, this is our follow up to our Vacation Rental 101!  In the previous blog, we discussed the benefits of booking a vacation rental and now we will explain how it works! 

You may be wondering....now that I know the benefits to booking a vacation rental, how does this work exactly?  How do I book, is there a front desk, a concierge, or do I get a pass-code to the lock?  The truth is, it is very simple!  First, you book directly on our site www.perfectplaces.com or through the property manager and owner directly.

Over 45,000 of the 65,000 vacation rental properties on PerfectPlaces.com offer secure online booking!  Booking a property online offers you the convenience you are accustomed to when booking a traditional hotel room online.  On our website, you can confirm the property availability, price, terms and finalize your booking online with a secure credit card purchase.  This eliminates the time consuming, back and forth email and telephone calls.  It takes as little as a few minutes to book your next vacation rental online!


perfect places book online

Some of our property owners do not offer online booking, yet.  In that case, simply fill out the request form when you find a vacation rental you are interested in.  The property manager will then respond to your inquiry and let you know if the property is available for the dates you have selected and will give you the rate.  Be sure to ask any questions that you may have about the property and their policies.  Most managers will get back to you within 24 hours, so check your email and phone messages! 

Once you have your property booked, you will receive confirmation directly from the property manager.  The manager will send you a detailed list of instructions on how to check in, get the key and how to check out.  Some property managers simply have you check in at a front desk, some give you a pass-code that you will punch in at the front door and some will leave the key for you in another location, such as a manager's office.  The process is very simple and takes much less time than waiting in line at the check in of a hotel!  The same goes for the check out process-just follow the instructions you are given.  It really is a quick and easy process.

Vacation rentals are a fantastic way to save money, time and have more room on your next vacation.  We offer vacation rentals all over the world in a variety of sizes, styles and price ranges.
Popular Florida Vacation Rentals can be found for as little as $60.00 a night!
Save with Paris Vacation Rentals!
Hawaii Vacation Rentals are nearly half the price of hotels!

If you missed our last blog, Vacation Rental 101, be sure to check it out!

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.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Vacation Rental 101

Why Book a Vacation Rental? 

Some of you may have booked a vacation rental property before, but some of you may be wondering "why would I do that?"  Well, there are many reasons to book a vacation rental instead of booking a hotel room.  Read on to find out why.


Destin florida vacation home rental
Room for the entire Family! 
This Destin Vacation Home Rental has 3 Bedroom, 2 Baths
and 1900 sq ft of living space! It also allows you to use
the community pool, hot tub and tennis courts.
1. MORE ROOM!  I don't know how many times as a kid, we were all packed into one tiny hotel room, with two beds, for 5 people!  Now those were some sleepless nights.  The average hotel room size is under 300 square feet which is smaller than some bedrooms.  The home in Orlando to the left is over 1900 square feet and rents from $85.00-$109.00 a night!  I don't think you can even get hotel rooms for that price.  Vacation rentals can afford you a lot more space and are generally a lot less expensive (but we will get to cost savings later).  You can book a vacation rental with just one room (like a studio), or you can book something with a bedroom (or 2 or 3 or 4...), bathroom, kitchen, living room, and more!  The nice thing is that you have a choice on how big your accommodations need to be, but when you book a hotel room you typically don't have the option for a larger room unless you pay top dollar for one of the few suites they may have.



Enjoy the seclusion at this private cabin with lake access in Tennessee!
2. Peace and Quiet!  That's what most of us go on vacation for, right?  Booking a vacation rental allows you to chose the property that best suites your needs.  If you want seclusion, rent a home or a condo in a small complex.  If you want something larger with hotel-like amenities, you have that option too! Most often, any of the properties will still be less noisy than a hotel.  One time, I was staying at a hotel in Mexico and housekeeping kept coming and knocking on the door over and over asking us if we were going to check out.  Yes, we will check out tomorrow, when we are supposed to, not today, now leave me alone it's 8am and I am in Mexico.  Relaxing?  Not really.  Finally, by Noon they stopped asking us if we were checking out, only after I called down to the front desk to tell them what was going on.  Like I said, even if you do want to book at a larger property, you will likely have less interference with your relaxing getaway.


3.  Cost Savings!  I told you I would get back to this.  There are so many ways to save money by booking a vacation rental!  The number one reason is most rentals have full kitchens or kitchenettes.  This allows you to make your own meals, have snacks on hand, have beverages in the fridge and not pay gratuity to your server-unless you think your mom deserves a good tip which she probably does.  The last time I went to a "resort", and I use that term lightly because it was a barely a hotel, I was charged $6.00 for a can of beer.  Six dollars?!  Isn't that about how much an entire six pack of beer costs?  Needless to say, the next time we went on vacation we had a vacation rental in Florida with a full kitchen.  We cooked our breakfast and lunch most days and of course had our soda, water and other beverages nice and cool in the refrigerator.  Did you know that the average diner out for a family of 4 is $50.00!?  Just by preparing a meal or two you could save about $500.00 a week on meals out and in return spend around 150.00 for the week at the grocery store.
Gourmet Kitchen in this 2 Bedroom 2 Bath
Hawaii Big Island Vacation Condo!

Another way to save money is paying less for more space.  Remember when I was talking about all cramming into one small room?  Many families get adjoining hotel rooms on vacation which is double the cost.  Vacation rentals give you so much space for the money.  If you are searching for a hotel somewhere, you can probably get a full accommodation vacation rental for the same price, or less!

Now that you understand a little more about why booking a vacation rental is the best idea for your next vacation, stay tuned for our next blog- How Do You Book, Check in and Check Out of Your Vacation Rental.

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  

Friday, August 2, 2013

End your summer with a Splash! Vacation to the Top Water Parks!

The end of summer is near,  so end it with a SPLASH!  The travel channel has released a list of some of the top Water Parks around,  so pack up your suitcase and take the kid(s) (or kids at heart) for one last fun getaway before the summer ends. 

Photo Courtesy of travelchannel.com

Silver Dollar City- Branson, Missouri
     -Silver Dollar City offers 13 acres of water, rides and slides!  They currently have an online   purchase in advance promotion of $30.00 for an all day pass, which is $10.00 off an adult and $4.00 off a child.  Save even more with a vacation rental in Branson:
https://www.perfectplaces.com/United_States/Missouri/Branson-Vacation-Rentals.htm
Branson is also known for Golf , boating, museums and more!

Water Country USA- Williamsburg, Virginia
     -The largest water park in Virginia, Water Country USA, offers rides, slides, pools and more! It is also located next to the ever popular Busch Gardens.  Take the family for the weekend and discover the water and the gardens! Purchase a Busch Gardens and Water Country USA 2-Park Flex Ticket and save $10.00 when booking online!  At the end of the day, come home to your vacation home or condo, starting at as low as $79.00 a night! https://www.perfectplaces.com/United_States/Virginia/Williamsburg-Vacation-Rentals.htm

Wisconsin Dells- Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. 
      -Known as the Water Park Capitol of the World!  With 20 indoor water parks and 5 outdoor water park options, there is something for every family and every age.   Great savings for vacation rentals in Wisconsin Dells, with options on the Lake! https://www.perfectplaces.com/United_States/Wisconsin/Wisconsin_Dells-Vacation-Rentals.htm

Wet n' Wild- Orlando, Florida
     -This park has a brand new section with TONS of fun for the hole family.  Picture a huge Sandcastle, that you can play in!  The 60 foot sandcastle offers 160 interactive toys, has 15 slides, and two sprawling pools.  Blastaway Beach is ideal for family fun and is the largest family water play area in Florida. After a fun day in the sun, return to your own pool home or condo!  Starting at just $85.00 a night for a private pool home! https://www.perfectplaces.com/United_States/Florida/l_Central_Florida-Orlando-Disney/Orlando-Vacation-Rentals.htm

Give your kids a last hurrah before school starts, and leave them with memories that will last a lifetime!

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