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.