Friday, September 18, 2015

Most Popular Destinations for Snowbirds

We all know how it goes, summer flies by and winter will soon be creeping upon us!  For those of you that plan to escape to a warmer climate this winter, now is the time to start planning.  We are seeing some destinations up to 100% booked already! Whether you plan to travel a couple weeks, or the entire winter, we have some fantastic places for you!  Remember, these the top snowbird destinations go fast, so book soon before they are gone!

Fort Myers Beach is a small, seven mile long barrier island on the southwest coast of Florida.  Fort Myers Beach attracts snowbirds who enjoy the coast, water sports, and of course sunning on the beach.  A lot of snowbirds choose to bring their boat, or rent one, and stay along the intercostal waterway in order to have access to boat in the ocean. It also offers over 40 miles of canoe and kayak trails, which is perfect for those outdoor enthusiasts. The shelling is one of the best in Florida if you prefer something a little more laid back, and the beaches are perfect for spending the day in the sun. Fort Myers also has a great outdoor shopping and dining area with wonderful restaurants and bars.  

Oceanfront vacation condo in Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Kissimmee, Florida
The Orlando area offers more than 170 golf courses, and holds some of the most prestigious tournaments, making this a huge attraction for golf-loving snowbirds!  Kissimmee is one of the best areas to stay in that offers quick access to the most golf courses.  It also has an abundance of entertainment options, restaurants, and is a quick 30 minutes to nearby beaches! You are also close to many attractions like Busch Gardens, boat and nature tours, and just about anything in Central Florida or either coast!  You can do a lot of activities in just a 2 hours radius!

3 bedroom lake front vacation rental in Kissimmee, Florida

Tucson, Arizona
Many snowbirds flock to Arizona during the harsh winters.  While many choose the Phoenix and Scottsdale areas, Tucson is best for those who want a more relaxed environment with less traffic and less people.  It's an absolutely beautiful area of Arizona offering world-class golf courses, hiking, biking, horseback riding, bird watching, shopping, and so much more.  There really is something for every snowbird to do here! Bonus: the climate is humidity-free! 
Port Aransas, Texas
Texas is very well known for its snowbird population because of its hot temperatures and low humidity.  Port Aransas is located in southeast Texas on Mustang Island and is just northwest of Corpus Christi.  A fisherman's paradise, Port Aransas is known as the "Fishing Capitol of the Texas" and offers anywhere from casual fishing trips, to serious anglers excursions.  Port Aransas has many marinas you can dock your boat at for your entire trip, and many of the accommodations have access to boat docks right on the property.  If fishing isn't your thing, Port Aransas has some fantastic beaches perfect for morning walks and afternoon sunbathing, golf courses, shopping and some great local nightlife!  
Port Aransas vacation rental
There are so many more great snowbird vacation destinations!  Austin, Hawaii, Marco Island, Mexico, and some other very popular destinations during the cold weather months.  If one of these doesn't work for you, contact our Travel Specialist!  We love to help our customers find the perfect place for their vacation! has over 73,000  vacation rental properties in over 103 countries and 6,600 cities.  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, September 3, 2015

Travel on a Budget - Tips for Saving Money on Traveling

The Dalai Lama once said, "once a year go someplace you've never been before", and we completely agree!  Traveling does the body, mind, and spirit a great deal of good and we challenge you to do just that.  However, the bottom line is that travel does cost money.  You have to spend some money to travel.  But the good news is that we have some some great ideas for traveling on a budget!

Travel during the "shoulder season" 
You may not have heard of the term, shoulder season, but it is a great time to travel!  It's just before, or just after, a destinations peak travel season.  This is the perfect way to save a lot of money on accommodations because most places will give great discounts to fill up their occupancy!
1 bedroom vacation rental on Madeira Beach for $60-$110/night!
Find smaller, mom and pop type accommodations
Let's face it, the less fancy you get, the cheaper the accommodations usually are!  Smaller resorts and vacation homes cost far less than your full service resort or large scale vacation home.  But that doesn't mean your rooms and amenities will be in poor condition!  Unless you are looking for luxury, staying smaller is a win-win situation!  Check out this oceanfront complex, with fantastic views and an oceanfront pool!

Budget your transportation
Sometimes, flying is your only option.  So if you must fly, look for budget airlines, or airlines that fly into regional airports.  You can save hundreds of dollars by avoiding the large airlines and large airports!  If you are in an area that has a train, use it!  Europe has one of the best transit systems in the world.  You can hop on the train and visit many fascinating destinations for very little euros! Or, hit the road!  If you are within 12 hours of your destination, why not drive?  Sure, it's a long day of driving, but if you are a family of 4 you can save over $1,000 just by driving.  Break travel up in two days and do some fun sightseeing stops along the way!

Research local deals
Do your homework!  Before you travel, look around at area restaurants and find out when they have happy hour (usually includes great food specials too), or early bird meals.  Look into discounts for fishing charters, or discounted tickets for things like museums, water parks, golf, and shows. Many places will offer deals like buy two get one free, or after 4pm specials.  Matinees are another great way to save!

Stay in a vacation rental
Most often, vacation rentals cost far less than a hotel room and come with great amenities like a full kitchen, living room, dining room, and free WiFi.  While most hotels are still charging for WiFi, it's an added benefit at most vacation rentals (always check if they offer it!).  The kitchen is a huge plus as you can make your own meals, have your morning coffee from a full size coffee maker, and your evening drinks for much less than going out.  Take a look at this oceanfront vacation condo in Maui, Hawaii! For less than half the price of a hotel, you can wake up to this beautiful view and have way more space too!
1 bedroom oceanfront condo in Lahaina, Maui, Hawai from just $140/nighti
These are just a few helpful tips on how to save some cash while traveling!  We hope we have given you some great ideas to allow you to travel more often, or at the least, "once a year go someplace you've never been before." Want some help planning your next vacation?  Contact our Travel Specialist!  We love to help our customers find the perfect place for vacation!