The data is in. More people than ever are skipping stuffy hotel rooms and choosing to spend their vacations in a rental property. According to a Goldman Sachs survey published by Bloomberg, more and more people who have stayed in a vacation rental home say they don’t want to go back to hotels. Still, a few remaining holdouts continue to believe myths about the vacation rental market. Keep reading for a few of those myths and to learn the real story about why people are choosing the comforts of home.
Myth 1: Vacation Rentals Are More Expensive
For groups, even as small as pairs, a vacation rental can offer twice the space for about the same cost or less in most markets and locations. And for large groups, it’s often much less expensive to rent a vacation home or condo with a few bedrooms and bathrooms than it is to rent enough hotel rooms to comfortably accommodate a family or several couples. Have a pet that you’d love to bring along? There are many pet friendly homes and condos available on the market today that even have yards for your furry family member.
For business travelers, a one-bedroom condo can provide many comforts of home, while allowing for a budget friendly accommodation.
Travelers should also consider the added cost of meals that they will incur staying at a hotel. While many hotels offer free breakfast, eating in a hotel restaurant for other meals can be a budget buster. Most vacation rentals feature a kitchen with all the pots, pans, dishes and utensils necessary to prepare some home cooked meals. Grabbing a loaf of bread, lunch meat, some fruit and cereal and means anyone in your traveling party can eat when they’re hungry. Those quick, prepared meals and snacks can save families a bundle and leave some extra vacation dollars available to eat a few meals out at the area’s trendiest establishments.
Myth 2: Vacation Rentals Are Far Removed from Attractions
Some are, and others are as close to the action as you want to be. There are vacation rentals in Galveston, TX, for example, that are right on the beach, and other rentals within walking distance to the beach, whereas hotels are often solely built near freeways and near tourist attractions, vacation rentals typically are throughout neighborhoods. So, if you’re visiting a city and want to be near the beach, you can find a rental with beach access. If you’d rather be near downtown or close to a family member or a specific location, chances are good you can find that too. In the vacation rental market, there truly is something for everyone.
Myth 3: There’s No One to Ask for Help in a Rental
Nothing could be further from the truth! Good quality vacation rental management companies specialize in helping not only rental owners, but also guests. As an added bonus, management company personnel have a wealth of local knowledge that can be difficult to find at a hotel. Not only are they aware of the attractions featured in all of the popular travel brochures, but they’re more likely to know about the hidden jewels in their community.
If you’re planning your next vacation, you may be surprised at all the benefits of booking a vacation rental. Start your search for Galveston, TX, vacation rentals with Soar Vacation Rental Services.