Six Tips for Staying in a Rental Property While Traveling
Since the Covid-19 low on April 6, 2020, the United States has seen a 322% increase in domestic travel, as reported by an AirDNA industry travel survey. The survey also indicated that vacation rental occupancy had increased by 60%. Travelers are seeking an experience that mimics the feel of being a local, or they feel safer staying in someone’s home rather than a hotel.
While staying in a rental property can make for a unique experience, there are personal safety issues to keep in mind while renting a home. Below are some critical tips to consider before renting a property for your vacation:
#1 - Location, Location, Location
For starters, make sure you research the location of the vacation rental. There are plenty of stories of people renting a vacation home and they are dissatisfied with the area of the house. Make sure to read rental reviews and identify travel amenities and experiences you and your family would like to experience. If you’re still unsure how to proceed afterward, consider the help of a travel agent. He or she might refer you to a managed property, such as a residential complex, where someone will be onsite to assist your family should something go wrong.
#2 - Read the Fine Print
Thoroughly read the contract so that you know precisely what is included and excluded. For example, the contract may stipulate that you will lose any deposit you’ve put down if you don’t clean up after yourself. Before signing anything, make sure that the host is legally able to rent out the home. Ask for documentation; if the person is reputable, they will have nothing to hide and be glad to prove.
#3 - Pay Online
Payments and communications should be done via the rental company website instead of directly with the property owner. This will ensure security and significantly reduce the odds of fraud or your identity and credit card information being stolen.
#4 - Volume Speaks Words
Look at is the number of ratings a host has, as well as how high the host’s rating is. Many hosts come and go very fast, just trying to make a quick buck, so make sure you stay with a reputable host who other people have trusted and left reviews on.
#5 - Only Bring What You Need
The home you’ll be renting will likely have security measures in place like an alarm and the standard door locks. Use common sense and proper judgment. Keep your valuables at home and be aware of your surroundings.
#6 - Prepare for the Unexpected
For an extra layer of protection, make sure to purchase a travel insurance policy to mitigate any unforeseen circumstances while staying at your vacation rental. Please note, not every travel insurance provider allows you to insure the rental property - so before purchasing a travel insurance policy, please be sure to confirm your non-refundable travel expenses will be covered. To insure your next vacation rental, visit Trawick International for your free travel insurance quote.
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at 7 Oct 2020
What Travel Insurance Do I Need For Backpacking?
Backpacking trips are fun because you get to explore the world on your own and most importantly, at an incredibly low budget. However, backpacking comes with its own set of problems like lost baggage, broken equipment, robberies, and the risk of infections. Travel insurance can actually save backpackers from major financial setbacks during their travels and help them explore new places without worrying about these issues.
Hitting the road without proper travel insurance can prove to be an expensive mistake. You’re bound to encounter problems while traveling and if you don’t want to be stuck with large travel bills to rock your travel plans then it’s best to buy adventure travel insurance.
In their excitement for crazy adventures, backpackers often don’t give much importance to buying travel insurance. However, they often forget that in reality travel insurance comes at a cost of less than $1 a day. Well, there’re some amazing travel insurance plans being offered by several companies, you’ll be spoilt for options while shopping around. In this blog post, we shall try to dig further and find out what to look for while buying backpacking travel insurance.
Picking an Appropriate Backpacker Travel Insurance
You can get overwhelmed while picking an appropriate backpacker travel insurance as there’re some incredibly affordable plans available. However, since travel insurance is a critical part of your travel plan, it’s important to check the offerings before buying a plan.
Here’s what a decent backpacking travel plan includes:
- Backpacking travel insurance must cover the majority of the countries you expect to travel
- Covers for damaged, lost, or stolen baggage, documents, possessions, etc
- Covers high-value goods like laptops, cameras, etc
- Dedicated 24X7 emergency helpline
- Minimum Personal liability insurance of $1 million to cover the costs if you damage property or injure an individual
- Medical Cover of at least $1 million
- Covers cost of repatriation to home country in case their serious injury or illness
- Cancellation cover of at least $1000 to help you rush back to your home in case of an emergency
- Cover legal expenses, should you need one
- The option of extending the policy if you decide to stay longer than you originally planned
- Must offer outdoor coverage
Additional Things to Consider while Purchasing Backpacker Insurance
- Check for the smaller things: Most travel insurance plans don’t cover injuries incurred while performing high-risk activities. You need to read the plan documents carefully to find out if this clause is included or not. Pay an extra premium if you want to be involved in various risky outdoor activities. If you plan in going to higher elevations like mountains and rough terrain, then find out if your policy covers helicopter transit costs or not.
- Drugs and alcohol: No insurance plan will provide financial cover if an accident occurs in an inebriated state. Getting a breathalyzer test after being injured can be solid proof that you weren’t under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of an accident.
- Electronics and Valuables insurance: It’s always good to pay a little more for covering valuables and electronic devices. Find out if your chosen plan actually covers valuables like jewelry and laptop.
at 26 Jan 2020
Meet Kaelan and Daniel Young, newlyweds who have turned their love for nature into the most unique travel adventure. Kaelan, a first-grade elementary school teacher, and Daniel, a Marketing Director for a non-profit organization, have bought their first home together… and it came on wheels!
The couple have spent many weekends together camping (in tents) in various state parks all over the southeast. Their ultimate dream was to own their very own camping vehicle to take their outdoor trips to the next level and this dream came true in December of 2018.
The Youngs purchased “Willy” from a seller in Baton Rouge, LA and instantly fell in love with the charming little van the moment they stepped inside. Just big enough for the 2 of them, there is a working toilet, sink, and a 7-gallon solar heated shower!
Being environmentally friendly is VERY important to the Youngs, and their van allows them to experience nature while also not damaging her as much as traditional campers might. They love to live their life by the motto: Fill your life with adventures, not things and have stories to tell, not stuff to show.
The pair spent their new year’s holiday taking the Willy to North Georgia to check out a few state parks. Here’s what Kaelan had to say about their experience:
“Our North Georgia adventure was filled with incredible summit views, long rocky hikes, and towering waterfalls.
We started our trip in Talulah Gorge State Park where the 1,000 foot-deep gorge was formed by the Talulah River. We walked over an 80-foot high suspension bridge and down 1,200 steps to the base of the gorge where we saw Hurricane Falls.
Then we drove to Fort Mountain State Park, which looked like we were standing in the clouds. We hiked all of the trails in the park, with Gahuti trail being the longest at 8.2 miles. In the beginning, the hike was eerie with thick fog, but it cleared and we were able to eat lunch by a crystal clear stream and admire the beauty of the forest.
Our last stop was in Cloudland Canyon State Park, which had the most stunning views and waterfalls. We hiked the East and West Rim trails deep into the gorge floor where we viewed Cherokee Falls and Hemlock Falls (and walked a ton of stairs to get there), making the 6.2 mile hike well worth it.
Props to Georgia State Parks for keeping their land pristine (besides the occasionally plastic bottle we found because people suck). The trails were all marked and well-maintained. They also had many signs informing people to always stay on the trails to protect the fragile land.
Support and appreciate our State and National Parks! There is so much beauty all around us!”
Traveling doesn’t always mean stress, airports and tons of unnecessary expenses. Sometimes the most memorable trips are the ones spent enjoying each other, our beautiful planet and quiet time.
By Emily Glen
at 11 Jan 2019
Travelers seeking an experience that emulates the feel of being a local are increasingly forgoing hotels in favor of renting another person’s home. While this can make for a unique experience, there are personal safety issues to keep in mind in such a scenario.
For starters, make sure you thoroughly read the contract so that you know exactly what is included. For example, the contract may stipulate that you will lose any deposit you’ve put down if you don’t clean up after yourself. Before signing anything, make sure that the host is legally able to rent out the home. In today’s age where websites like Airbnb attract thousands of users, there have been many legal situations involving property owners and travelers. Ask for documentation; if the person is reputable they have nothing to hide and will be forthcoming with proof.
Any payments and communications should be done via the rental company website instead of directly with the property owner. This will add another level of security and significantly reduce the odds of fraud or your identity and credit card information being stolen.
The home you’ll be renting will likely have security measures in place like an alarm and the standard door locks. As you would when visiting any foreign place, use common sense and proper judgement. Keep your valuables at home, thoroughly inspect the references and be aware of your surroundings. If it feels sketchy or unsafe, have a backup plan. This is also a helpful step should the host be a no-show.
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at 19 Aug 2016