It is May 1st and before you know it, summer vacation season will be upon us. Have you already made vacation plans? Set a travel budget? Booked accommodations? This advice from the experts at SmarterTravel could save you money and headaches.
Consider renting a house or condo instead of staying at a hotel. This can be a big budget saver, especially if you're traveling with a group. Rental properties typically keep the per-person / per-night costs down and you get more space for your money.
Check out what real estate agencies in the area have to offer. By using an agency, you will likely contract directly with the company, rather than an owner. In this case, you actually have an agent to work with if there are any problems with your rental before, during or after your stay.
Online sites like HomeAway, VRBO, FlipKey, andRentalO offer properties of all different types, for all different prices, all around the world. In most cases, you will contact an owner directly and negotiate the terms of your rental. Most sites allow previous renters to write reviews about both the property and the owner.
SmarterTravel also advises renters to pay by Credit Card or Paypal and avoid wire transfers or cashiers checks. Also, be extra careful of any listings you find on sites like Craigslist which offer little or no protection against scams.