By: MyGuestbook’s Travel Expert
Summer season is almost among us and with that comes the sun and fun of vacation! The peak season of summer travel begins in May and will run throughout August, which is usually when parents with children can take a much-needed break from work to relax in the sun. A lot of families enjoy renting vacation homes to minimize costs of hotel stays with a relaxing home atmosphere. Depending on the length of a vacation, rentals can be used for short and long-term stays.
With vacation rentals all over the United States, it can be daunting to know how to get one, where to go to find one, and how renting one works. There is an incredibly detailed list here, but we are here to give you some ideas on how to get started in the most simple manner.
Summer houses are popular due to the ability to stay long term at a much lower cost than a hotel stay. There are also many perks including more space, better amenities, and many more outlined in our “5 Reasons Why Vacation Rentals are Better Than Hotels” blog.
Vacation rentals are not the same as renting a house, although some of the rules can be the same. There is no long-term connection to the home unless that is something that the renter and home owner want to negotiate. These summer rental homes are great for families who need a large space to stay and come back to at the end of the day. Finding rentals is as easy as doing a search in the area of the destination.
Rental terms: Renting weekly or monthly are usually options, depending on the home owners. The prices are often more easily negotiated for monthly stays if that is in the travel plans. There are deposits that also need to be kept in the budget but most of the time these are returned at the end of the stay, just as if you were renting the home for living long term.
Make sure to book early to avoid any over-bookings or losing out on the dream summer home. Many people choose to book up to a year in advance, so having a plan in place can ensure the best summer home option remains available.
There is much more to learn in our Summer Vacation Season series, so be sure to check back for more tips and ideas for your summer travel!