Travelling pre vacation rentals; you remember the drill. Book a hotel within your price range and hopefully you’ll have a satisfying experience. Even when you paid good money for your room, it could be underwhelming. Not having a nice view from your room, not being able to cook in a full kitchen, or generally uncomfortable accommodations are all things that could take your much anticipated vacation experience from incredible to just okay.
Thankfully, technology has once again swooped in and made this problem easy to avoid. Vacation rentals are the newest travel trend and are becoming the norm for booking accommodations.
What is a Vacation Rental?
Vacation Rentals are properties rented out by owners to travellers looking for alternative accommodations. These properties include everything from city penthouses, country homes, to luxurious villas. Here are just a few reasons
Vacation rentals allow you to have an entire home to yourself. No matter the size of the rental, it’s guaranteed to be incredibly more spacious than a standard hotel room. Travelling with friends or the whole family? No problem! Some rentals can sleep big groups, which eliminates the need to split up and pay for more rooms.
More Bang for Your Buck
The price range for vacation rentals is pretty dramatic depending on the type of property you’re looking for. However, no matter what the price, is corresponds with the quality you receive. If you book an exclusive villa in St. Barts, it will be more expensive than a hotel per night, but the overall experience will be rewarding and stick with you for a lifetime!
Amenities, Amenities, Amenities!
The amount of amenities that come along with vacation rentals is one of the biggest selling points of this travel method. Having access to a full kitchen on your trip is great, especially when travelling with kids and not wanting to eat out every night. Luxurious rentals can offer everything from infinity pools, custom kitchens, furnished terraces, and tranquil private backyards.
Tailored To You
It’s hard to feel special as just another guest in a hotel. And why shouldn’t you feel special on vacation? When booking a vacation rental, you have the choice of many different styles of accommodations. Having a selection of décor, amenities, and location will dramatically improve the quality of your getaway.
Feeling the itch to getaway? Try a vacation rental for your next trip and experience a different way to relax. Browse some great vacation rentals on the Travel Rental Network and receive awesome deals you can feel good about!
Mexico should be the perfect excuse for your next vacation. With so many cultural and beach destinations in and around Mexico, there is something for everyone. Cancun, Tulum, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and so on, are just a few top destinations in Mexico. All of them bring large crowds of different age groups with different vacation goals. One thing they all have in common, is that travellers are going to Mexico looking for some form of an adventure.
It could be for that first snorkel, first swim with dolphins or maybe first cave dive.
Underwater adventures, sky soaring activities or land discovery trips can be offered at just about any time of the year. Some great excursions include Cozumel Excursions; a highly reviewed site on Trip Advisor, with many different offerings. One of their top excursions is the Cozumel Mini Sub Underwater Scooter.
Have you ever been diving? You should make Santa Rosa Wall a top contender on your travel list. With a large reef, great water current and so much underwater life, this is a diving adventure you will never forget. You could also try something different, and take a ride along the shore line. Ixtapa has a great equestrian operation that is known for its organized, safe and great value beach rides.
Or you could set sail and capture your evenings meal in Playa del Carmen with “Fishing with Roberto Navarro”.
At the end of the day there is something for everyone. The best way to make sure you are getting the most out of your visit is to do some homework in advance or ask your travel agent. Getting to know the top attractions in your region will help you decide on how you want to spend your vacation. Or better yet, decide what you want to do on your vacation and pick your destination from there!
Mexico has a fabulous website for tourism and you should definitely check it out to see what are the top “Things to Do” in Mexico.
The last thing we think about when planning our dream vacation is our diet. For example, when one travels to Italy, they do not eat just salad and whole grain foods. They have to eat pizza, gelato, stuffed pasta or those oh so succulent arancinis. Who are we kidding; half the fun in travelling is trying new foods.
However, vacation is not a reason to jump the train on our healthy eating habits. In fact, the amount of activity we end up partaking in (mostly walking), partnered with some good eating habits should equate to a rewarding outcome.
For those who travel and like to rent a vacation property, they have an advantage because they can prepare most of their own meals. Eating out is always a great source of delicious non-dietary foods. Staying abroad and having your own kitchen whether it is big or small will provide the flexibility to prepare your own snacks and meals. For those of us who aren’t so fortunate, here are a few of tips to save calorie space for the cultural foods you absolutely deserve to try.
Share meals! By sharing meals you have the chance to not only try a variety of foods, you also can a chance to save yourself from the potential large portions offered by certain cultures. There is that saying that our eyes are bigger than their stomachs so when you are browsing through a menu consider getting one dish and sharing and taking it from there!
Don’t hesitate to stock up on a quick healthy snack even though you aren’t hungry. If you are walking through the streets of London for example and see a great little market, pick up an apple or some healthy nuts. They won’t spoil and they will quench a food craving.
Try not to spoil your appetite with fast food. Ask a local for a good place to eat or plan ahead. Airports are probably the worst trap of all because just like a mall, they have restaurants left right and center. Most snack foods are allowed through customs and worse case there will definitely be a vendor selling fruits and veggies.
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