Booking a holiday rental property is an important lifetime engagement that requires your full attention. You need to consider everything before you sign on the dotted line. With the internet, it’s now easy to research and book holiday trips without having to rely on a visit to the travel agent or spending hours leafing through a holiday brochure. Certain factors would make you decide to book a hotel rather than an apartment/villa or choose one type of hotel over another. For instance, age plays a huge role in determining these factors. Different age groups will prefer various forms of accommodation and services while also considering the cost.
Here are 4 factors to consider when booking a holiday rental property:
- Your budget
One of the most significant factors to consider is your overall budget. It will determine the amount you’ll spend on accommodation and flights. When traveling alone, housing is probably your biggest ticket item, therefore finding a rental property that will fit both your budget and travel style is the key. There are a couple of ways that you can split your overall budget and utilize it well. For instance, younger travelers may prefer to spend money on clubs and bars having a good time with friends while older travelers may feel that a lovely peaceful hotel environment would suit their holiday experience. Older travelers often have more disposable income, and Noosa Accommodation also found out that travelers aged 46-55 were the most likely to spend money on their housing and overall holiday.
- Activities and excursions you’ll participate in
The things you enjoy doing on holiday is another important factor you need to consider when deciding your accommodation. The weather especially plays a significant role for most of us when choosing a holiday. I bet we all wish to wake up every morning and open the curtains to guaranteed sunshine. Beyond that, it’s also good to choose an accommodation that’s central so that you are close to the main sights and also somewhere that’s in a public location so that you don’t have to walk down a dark alley or through a dodgy neighborhood when returning to your room. Older people are more concerned with safety while the younger travelers care more about the nightlife and less about the facilities at their accommodation.
- What works best for you between apartments and hotels
Staying in either a hotel or apartment is good, and your choice can be influenced by the length of your stay, the cost and convenience as well. For instance, if you are taking a short break, then a centrally located hotel would work best. This also means that you don’t have to cook or clean which is good if you are always busy because you can take more time to rest. For more extended stays with family or a group of friends, an apartment or a villa would be great where you can all have public space and spend time together as family or friends. Staying in an apartment also has the advantage of being able to relax in your private area and also feels like a home away from home.
- How to research and book your accommodation
As mentioned earlier on, there is a lot of information available online than when using travel agents to choose accommodation. Online sites such as TripAdvisor or Expedia have made it very easy to shop around and compare prices. However, it is worth to check the hotel’s website as they may offer good value packages, extra perks or a guarantee that you will always find the best price with them.