What are vacation rental homes?
Imagine you want to travel to Lake Tahoe for a weekend holiday. Certainly as a traveler, you would look for hotels in that area. Cost of one hotel room would be say $400 per night. So you end up spending at least $800 for two days. That’s where vacation rentals come in. You can navigate through a Popular Vacation rentals network website to search a particular area, search a property, and check what facilities you will get over there, check availability calendar for your arrival and departure dates.
Check how many people are travelling with you. If more number of people are traveling, then it would be cost effective to rent a property that sleeps the number of people you take along with you. Vacation rentals are cost effective and they also provide a lot of amenities that a hotel suite or a room won’t provide.
You save a lot of money on ‘wine & dine’ in your vacation home, spending money in the restaurants and giving away tips can be a significant expense in your budgeted vacation. So renting a vacation house and preparing meals yourself, having drinks in your home away from home can save significant amount of your money. Once you have decided to book the property, you can either email the owner or call the owner directly. We would suggest calling the owner so that you can get other formalities completed.
Steps to follow before you book the vacation rental home.
- Check availability calendar
- Exact distance from the place of attraction
- Check if the property is pet friendly if you are travelling with a pet
- Check rates for nightly, weekly stays
- Check what additional facilities does the owner provide, like LCD TV, Internet Connectivity, Heating Pool, Supplies.
- Also check if the owner is providing clean bed sheets, bath towels , dishes, etc for double the number of people.
- Check the amount you need to deposit with the owner before you use the rental
- Complete any formalities like signing a rental agreement between you and the owner.
- Check from whom to get the keys when you arrive.
- Check if the owner is offering any discount if you book the property for the entire week.
- Check mode of payment. You can pay directly through wire transfer or through PayPal or Credit card. Confirm with the owner.
- Inquire about rental properties in the same area and the rates they charge
- Check the owner’s refund policy for the deposit if you decide to cancel the trip at the last moment.
Dubai is an exciting and versatile holiday destination. Renowned mostly as a superlative shopping haven, this Arabian hub offers activities and attractions for visitors of all ages. Heading on a holiday to Dubai, with children in tow, is sometimes fraught with grief; but let us assure you, a better holiday destination you couldn’t have picked! Not only is the choice of holiday rental accommodation in Dubai splendid, but this Eastern sanctuary boasts a renowned child loving culture. We dare say taking your kids on holidays to a Muslim country may be infinitely easier than taking them to Europe! Follow our guide tochild friendly outings in Dubai, and have an unforgettable family holiday.
Wonderland in Dubai Dubai’s Wonderland is the largest amusement centre in the United Arab Emirates, and spending a full day here is pure fun and entertainment. It’s not only kids that are kept busy with the innumerable water slides, boat rides, and wave runners; but Wonderland also boasts four different restaurants, a relaxing cruise option and various water shows. The park is divided in three sections; Splashland being the most popular. The heat on Dubai can be a little overwhelming; visiting Wonderland on your first day may be a great way to keep hydrated and acclimatize your whole family to the sometimes extreme dry heat. Wonderland is open every day except Sundays. Shopping galore Well, there’s no point denying it, shopping in Dubai is by far the most popular activity for tourists. Visiting the Gold and Spice souks should definitely be on top of your to-do list; but do bear in mind that both outdoor markets can get very crowded, so keep a close tab on the little ones. Whilst most of us would love getting hopelessly lost in an Arabian souk, it may be just a little overwhelming for a tiny tyke.
A far less stressful option would be visiting one of the many astronomical shopping malls in Dubai. The experience is no less cultural; these mega-complexes are quite unique to Dubai and the thousands of stores offer just as many local products as the souks do, albeit in a little more sanitized environment. The Mall of the Emirates could well represent a full-day excursion for a family; offering infinite shopping, eating and entertainment options. You could visit the world-famous indoor skiing centre, or take the kids to Magic Land, the biggest indoor amusement centre in Dubai. Your only problem here would be keeping tabs on your credit cards, not your kids!
Desert safari Exploring the hypnotizing desert dunes of Dubai is a once in a lifetime experience, and one which the whole family can enjoy. Most tours include an hour or so of adrenalin filled sand dune 4-wheel-driving, a chance to do a short camel ride, a full buffet Arabic dinner under the stars and a little evening entertainment comprising of music, belly dancing and henna painting.
While the most reputable companies insist on not taking children under the age of seven, most will leave the onus up to the parents, as per their culture. We also do not recommend young children take part in the dune bashing, but you do always have the option of being dropped off at the evening camp before the dune driving starts, thus missing out on the only potentially hazardous part of the trip.
Should you be traveling with your partner, then at least one of you can have the chance of enjoying this most thrilling ride! The rest of the excursion is very safe and immensely enticing for the whole family; so take just a few precautions and you too can experience the best of the Arabian Desert. Family restaurants and local cuisine When it comes to food, Dubai is a children’s (and adult’s) gastronomic paradise. Every imaginable cuisine is on offer, including recognizable fast-food joints, 5 star restaurants and everything in between. Families have no problems keeping their kids well fed whilst on holiday in Dubai, as most restaurants offer kid’s menus which include staples like hamburgers, sandwiches and fish fingers! It is often said that in Arabic countries, every restaurant is a family restaurant, as children are always welcome Casual dining along the creek is a wonderful way to wind down after a hard day’s play, so dig in and enjoy, So truly we can call Dubai a child retreat!
A visa is a stamp or piece of paper placed in your passport granting permission to enter a certain country, and issued by that country. Depending on the country and your nationality, visas may be obtained at the border at time of entry, or in advance through that country’s consulate or embassy.
Many heavily-touristed countries, including all of Western Europe, only require United States citizens to have a valid passport at time of entry. They want to make it easy for tourists to spend money.
Following are terms and sample visa rules for U.S. citizens. For official information only rely on a call to a consulate or embassy, or perusal of a government web site.
Canada requires Americans to have official identification (such as a driver’s license) and sufficient funds, while Mexico requires only official identification for visits within twenty-six kilometers of the border, but if traveling to the interior issues a $15 visitor card at checkpoints or tacked onto airfare. It is valid for 180 days.
If an American lands in Bangkok without a visa, she is automatically granted a free transit visa valid for fifteen days, provided she also has an airline ticket out of the country. If she gets a visa from a Thai embassy or consulate in advance of landing, she can get permission for thirty, sixty, or ninety days of stay from the date of entry, and the onward ticket requirement is waived. This visa costs $25.
United States citizens arriving at the Guatemalan frontier (international term for border) with a valid passport are granted visas good for thirty days, with a variable “tax” charged on entry and exit. This is usually just a few dollars. Guatemalan visas are single entry, which means if you leave the country you must get another visa to re-enter, and pay another “tax.”
Indian visas, on the other hand, are multiple entry—you can leave and re-enter on the same visa. This is useful for making a side-trip to Nepal or Tibet. Call the Indian embassy in your country’s capital to get the latest visa information. They will send a four-page application which you return by registered mail, along with your passport and the appropriate fee ($50 for a six-months validity). Your passport is then returned with the visa inside. Normally this takes about two weeks, although next-day processing may be possible for an extra $14.
If visas for several countries are required you may need to start the process several months before departure. An important consideration for Indian visas is validity begins from date of issue, not from when you eventually get to India.
Visa extensions may or may not be possible from within a country. Since extensions usually require some bureaucratic shenanigans, many travelers prefer to leave the country and then re-enter.
While New Zealand doesn’t require Americans to have a visa in advance of landing there, they do require a return or onward ticket,and a valid visa for that next country if required by that country. Since I was going on to Australia, I had to get an Australian visa while still in the U.S. At that time Australia also required a return or onward ticke
t for entry, so I bought a ticket from Darwin, Australia, to Kupang, Indonesia while in New Zealand. This is the cheapest onward ticket out of Australia at $150.
While Indonesia also requires an onward ticket for entry, many backpackers buy an inexpensive one upon landing at the Indonesian airport. They then cash it in later as they travel on by bus, train,
It’s wise to look respectable when applying for a visa, since no country is obligated to grant entry. Some countries require travelers have sufficient funds to support themselves, and may request to see credit cards or travelers’ checks. Sometimes a couple of passport-sized photos are also required.
Sufficient funds can be an issue at some borders. New Zealand wants backpackers to have about US$15 per day of intended stay, while Canada wants Americans coming down from Alaska to have “enough” to make it through the country. I could only shake my head sadly while a fellow hitchhiker who had been on the road all over North and South America for two years was denied entry into Canada at the Alaska border because he had only $75. (A long haul back to the slime factory for him, and he was planning under-the-table work in Canada.)
If you have a credit card–even if it’s maxed–you probably won’t have a problem with sufficient funds, at least at the border. In my experience most countries with sufficient funds requirements have waved me through without checking my financial situation. Of course I usually make a point to shave and put on my best shirt when crossing frontiers. If you don’t have a credit card, at least bring something plastic like an old Columbia House Compact Disc membership card. After all, if they would trust you to buy six more CD’s over three years…
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Buying a ticket on the Internet is not the same as getting the cheapest price. As with any travel agent, you may be offered the lowest price, an average price, or a test price. You still have to make comparisons and move boldly when a deal presents itself. A good strategy is to book the best-value, fully-refundable fare early, then continue looking for something better to pop up.
You may find an attractive price on the main leg, but a high one on the connect. Try reversing the search, or book one leg at a time. Allow at least three hours between flights for international departures/changeovers.
Often the best deals are offered directly by airline websites. In some cases you sign-up with the airline and they notify you via email of hugely-restricted but incredibly cheap specials a few days before the flight. These include American, United, Continental, Northwest, Southwest (the U.S. low-fare and efficiency leader), U.S. Airways, TWA, Delta, Alaska, Canadian, Carnival, and Cathay Pacific (which periodically auctions–with minimum bid–several hundred seats on New York and Los Angeles to Hong Kong runs.)
Large Internet Travel Sites
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travelocity.com The biggest, from AMR, the parent of SABRE and American Airlines.
expedia.com Microsoft’s successful (in the black) travel site.
priceline.com A reverse-auction website where you decide how much you’re willing to pay, then software searches for an airline willing to release a seat for that amount. You choose the date but not the time, if an airline agrees your credit card is billed, and you are permitted only one bid per route. While Priceline recommends bidding at the lowest published fare for the route, some success is reported at thirty percent below.
Yatra.com Recommended for Asian travelers.
itn.net The Palo Alto engine behind many “front” travel agencies such as CNN. ITN works with local travel agents.
americanexpress.com/travel American Express travel agency.
travelweb.com From Dallas-based Pegasus Systems.
hotwire.com Hotwire is an airline, hotel, and rental car partnership discounting oversupply (including 500,000 daily seats) directly to consumers. Buyers do not know airline names, flight times, or hotel locations until after purchase, and refunds or changes are not permitted.
orbitz.com An airline alliance designed to bypass traditional reservation networks and return a few extra percent of revenue to the companies flying the airplanes. It provides comprehensive route and fare information, and has attracted a million-dollar CEO and Justice Department interest.
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Traditional bed-and-breakfast accommodation is common in Britain and Ireland. In Scarborough, England I recall walking several streets where almost every house had a sign proclaiming vacancy. In seaside and other vacation towns bed-and-breakfast hotels are often clustered like this, so it can be relatively easy to find an available room. Pensions are the rough equivalent to bed-and-breakfast hotels on the European continent.
These small hotels have two to ten rooms, with usually shared bath facilities. Breakfast is provided, which is something of a social event as guests chat away. Many English patrons go to the same bed and breakfast at the same time every year, creating a family atmosphere. English and Irish bed and breakfasts range in price from a low of about $12 per person to $30 or more.
Accommodation in private homes is also common in Eastern Europe and developing countries, where enterprising families trying to make ends meet take in guests on an informal basis. You may be met at train stations by groups of older women holding signs declaring “room” or “zimmer” (German for room).
Many popular backpacker destinations are likely to have this kind of accommodation. Finding it, however, may be a problem, since it may be a slightly illegal operation. Inquire at the tourist office, but you may need to ask at restaurants, markets, small grocery stores, or even of a postman. Sometimes “room,” “zimmer,” or in Italy, “affitti camere” will be displayed on a gate or window.
These entrepreneurs infinitely prefer someone who stays a few days or longer, so you should be able to work out a price-break for longer-term accommodation.
When it comes to family travel, few vacations fit all. Some clans are theme park junkies, or sybarites, or scholars. And then there’s the rest of us, simply looking to catch up with relatives and friends in a relaxing setting. Fortunately, a world full of getaway possibilities awaits-and one of those, Yellowstone National Park, manages to satisfy pretty much everybody. Straddling the borders of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, the world’s first national park is so vast and varied in its attractions (exploding mud pots, roving wolf packs, bison burgers…) that something would be wrong with you if you walked away unimpressed. Last August, during Yellowstone’s second summer in a row of record visitors (more than 3.6 million), we joined the crowd. Consider this our unscientific survey of the many ways families travel now.
The Family Adventurers
When the Yings gather for a reunion, all ages bring their talents to the table. They hold contests to see who has the biggest beer belly and the longest leg hairs; they teach each other how to work a Chinese yo-yo; and, at the end of each day, they pack into a room and tell family stories. The latter often involves tales of Sue and C.N. Ying, the adored matriarch and patriarch, who had 10 kids and instituted a travel tradition in the 1970s. For their first reunion in 1977, they chose Yellowstone. Since then, there have been cruises, trips to D.C. and Lake Tahoe, and a giant celebration in honor of C.N.’s 100th birthday at the Tanglewood resort in Texas’s Eisenhower State Park. C.N. lived to 102, and Sue passed away just last fall at 103. A group of 16 in total made it back to Yellowstone last summer, bunking in cabins at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge. Each day was filled with reflection. Says granddaughter Cathryn Wang, “We knew where to go because we brought our old photos and, at each spot, we recreated the shots.”
The First Timers
Sisters Judy and Audrey Visser are still at the pony-ride stage, but their parents, Lori and Art, are practiced equestrians-and travelers. The couple spent a decade hopping planes and trains before taking two momentous trips to China, where they adopted their daughters. In the years since, Lori, a director of accounting, and Art, a salesman, have focused on domestic trips. To date, they’ve visited the Hawaiian island of Kauai, Alabama’s Dauphin Island, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The Vissers planned last summer’s inaugural national-park trip for late in August, hoping to avoid the crowds that peak earlier in the month. For full immersion, the Vissers, along with Lori’s sister Pam Hagerman, stayed in cabins at Lake Lodge, whose cafeteria overlooks Yellowstone Lake, with 141 miles of shoreline. The highlight for all was the day the girls got cowboy hats at the old Roosevelt Lodge, a cabin enclave reminiscent of Little House on the Prairie. With their aunt, the girls took a chuck wagon ride, culminating in a campfire dinner, where Lori and Art, riding in on horseback, joined them. Judy and Audrey keep the hats on their bedposts at home, ready for their next adventure.
Getaways are a rare treat for the Simpsons because all three are currently in school: Mom Dori is a double major in Spanish and French at Eastern Washington University, outside Spokane; Dad Steve, a drill sergeant in the Army Reserve, is studying to become a nurse practitioner; and 10-year-old Naomi is finishing fourth grade. When they do manage to escape, there’s never any question where they’ll be staying: in a tent. Vacation for the Simpson clan means camping, typically at a Washington state park, such as Dash Point on the Puget Sound. For Dori, these trips are also sentimental journeys, complete with a collection of 1970s equipment from her childhood.
As rangers at Yellowstone, Beth Taylor and Ivan Kowski estimate that a mere 5 percent of visitors venture off the walkways onto the 1,000 miles of trails. Beth works in the education department, teaching people to identify jackrabbit footprints and fairy slipper orchids.
Johanna and David Swidrak are hands-on types: He’s an artist and contractor whose business slogan is “CPR for Your Home,” and she homeschooled their two girls for nearly a decade. Five years ago, when a neighbor in Bend, Oregon, posted a for-sale sign in the window of a 1992 40-foot Fleetwood RV, they saw a chance to take vacations into their own hands, too. Johanna’s mother chipped in toward the purchase and uses the parked RV as her quarters when she visits for a month every summer. David’s father and stepmother, who live in Tucson, have their own RV, and the two groups often convoy. At least once a year, the family takes a big outing; their favorite was the triple-header to Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, and the Grand Canyon. (True, the trailer gets only 15 miles to the gallon, but there have been surprisingly few hidden costs.) David’s parents were along for this particular adventure and parked a few pine trees away at Grant Village, one of 12 Yellowstone campgrounds with RV areas. The group biked and hiked by day, and barbecued and played card games by night. To celebrate Starla’s 11th birthday, Johanna baked a chocolate cake in the RV oven, and they all sang around a bonfire built by David. Says Johanna: “Wherever we go, it’s so nice to have our own place-and pillows!-to return to.”
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