When it comes to modern vacations, the days visiting a travel agent, discussion your travel options, flipping through pages full of glossy pictures of what you hope the destination will look like, only to them wait for your tickets and bookings to be arranged.
Now, of course, you can simply open up your web browser and rent a room in somebody’s apartment in a completely different country without breaking a sweat! If this sounds like an adventure you would be interested in, it is important to know that you aren’t visiting a hotel. Accordingly, there are some aspects of your stay that are going to be different. Namely, what you will need to bring.
Unlike a hotel, you shouldn’t expect to turn up and see freshly laundered towels. As you are packing, be sure to include a regular towel for the bathroom and also one for any pool or beach activities that you will encounter. If you will be staying for more than a few days, it might be a good idea to also pack some detergent to give your beach towel a wash before reusing it.
Will the rental place have pillows? Yes! Will they be as comfortable and form fitting as your own? Potentially not. Purely for your own comfort, if you are in a position where you can bring your favorite pillow with you, it’s a great idea to do so.
This one is a personal choice, but one that you should consider. There will definitely be sheets on the bed that you will sleep in at a home rental. However, they will also be the sheets of the people that slept there before them. While a hotel will bleach their heavy-duty sheets, regular home renters won’t, and will just give them a basic wash. While this is more than sufficient for some, others might want to bring their own sheet set.
Do you remember the last time that you visited a hotel and saw the bathroom? It was full of small travel bottles of lotions, soaps, shampoos, conditioners, and everything else bathroom related that you can think of. Unfortunately, you shouldn’t expect the same type of treatment when you stay at a home rental. While there will be hand soap and a hand towel in the bathroom, that is all that you should expect. When packing your toiletries, remember what you can and can not take on the plane with you.
No Room Service
If you enjoy midnight snacking then you might want to make an order from the Groupon Coupons page for Shari’s Berries before you leave and take some tasty treats with you. This includes any bottled water, drinks, chips, or anything you would usually expect to see in a menu. However, in replacement, you will likely have access to a full working kitchen that you can use. This means that you can visit the grocery store on the way if you feel so inclined to cook.
Staying at a home rental is a great alternative to hotels and resorts as it lets you live with the locals and live as they do!