Expert Tips for a Smooth Summer Vacation Booking

By Ivan PetrenkoApr 5, 2024 12:30 PMNews
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As families shift their focus from spring break to planning the perfect summer getaway, navigating the vacation rental market can be tricky without the right advice. To ensure a seamless experience, we've gathered insights from VRBO Travel Expert Melanie Fish and other industry professionals. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you avoid common vacation pitfalls and secure your dream summer spot.

1. Understand All Costs Upfront:

The excitement of finding the perfect vacation rental can quickly fade if unexpected fees emerge. Transparency is key. Ensure you're seeing the full cost, including cleaning fees, service charges, and any other additional expenses, to avoid surprises. This transparency allows for more accurate budgeting and a smoother vacation planning process.

2. Use Trusted Platforms for Bookings:

To safeguard your vacation from potential fraud, stick to reputable booking platforms like VRBO, Airbnb, or These platforms offer fraud protection and provide round-the-clock customer support, ensuring peace of mind. Avoid wiring money or sending checks to individuals, as this increases the risk of fraud.

3. Early Booking is Essential:

For peak holiday weekends like Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day, the early bird indeed gets the best beach house. Aim to secure your vacation rental by mid-April for Memorial Day and no later than mid-May for the Fourth of July and Labor Day. Early booking ensures a wider selection and often better pricing.

4. Location and Proximity to Attractions:

Before confirming your rental, assess its location in relation to the sites and activities you plan to enjoy. The convenience of your rental's location can significantly impact the overall enjoyment and logistics of your trip. A centrally located rental can save time and transportation costs, making your vacation more enjoyable.

5. Carefully Read Reviews:

Past guests' experiences can offer valuable insights into what to expect from a vacation rental. Take the time to read reviews thoroughly to gauge the quality of the property and the reliability of the host. Pay special attention to comments about cleanliness, safety, and the accuracy of the listing's description.

Inspiration for Your Summer Getaway:

For those seeking inspiration, VRBO's top vacation rentals include breathtaking properties like a home in Sedona, Arizona, with stunning views of the Red Rocks, a cozy lakefront cottage in Winchendon, Massachusetts, and an ocean-view villa in the U.S. Virgin Islands. These rentals, praised for their unique locations and exceptional amenities, exemplify the range of options available for summer travelers.

Additionally, for those looking to explore Europe or other lesser-known destinations, websites such as FlipKey, Vacasa, Plum Guide, and Paris Perfect offer a curated selection of high-quality vacation properties.

By following these expert tips, families can navigate the vacation rental market with confidence, securing their ideal summer retreat while avoiding common pitfalls. Whether you're dreaming of a beachfront villa or a cozy mountain cabin, planning ahead and using trusted resources can make all the difference in creating an unforgettable summer vacation.

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