Best Advice for Vacation Rentals

February 19, 2016 at 8:39 am

When thinking about a vacation to come and imagining the place in which we will stay, it is only natural to hope for a place that is close to all the big attractions, spacious, has great views and equally wonderful facilities. We all want our vacation rentals to be in the very best locations, but above and beyond all that we expect to get the room, location and level of service that we paid for.

This is something that we can often take for granted, but things can go wrong and, in truth, do so more often than anyone would like. This is why we’ve compiled a list of hints and tips to help you avoid any issues with your vacation rental this year.

Best Advice for Vacation Rentals

Check out the Vacation Rental beforehand

This is, of course, not always possible for you, especially if the location is new to you or is too far away to make a quick trip to, but if it is a possibility we would highly recommend doing so, especially if you’re already in the area and would like to return to the area next year. Being able to actually walk through a potential vacation rental is a huge bonus. If you can’t, however, we would recommend getting the rental agent to walk through the property and send you photos.

Nowadays, you could also ask for a video or a Skype call.

Viewing a possible rental yourself, or through an agent, makes it possible for you to ascertain whether or not there is false advertisement at play. On a website, for example, a third bedroom could mean a large closet and being a stone’s throw from the beach might mean ‘within view, but a ten minute walk away from the water’.

Curated Properties and Vacation Rentals

If checking out the property yourself is not possible you should book through an agency that has a list of curated vacation rentals; this means that the properties will have been checked and vetted by the agencies staff many times before. These agencies will generally have a smaller array of rentals and be a little more expensive, but they are also of higher quality and are generally kept in better condition. You also have the added bonus of having a professional contact while you are staying in the property, should anything go wrong.

Checklist of Damages

When you arrive at your vacation rental it is recommended that you and your companions witness the agent making a note of any previous damages. You should also get a copy of the damages and ensure that you and the agent sign both copies to note that both parties are aware of existing damages. This means that you definitely won’t be charged for things you didn’t break, and you’ll get your full deposit back (so long as you didn’t break anything).

Use a credit card

You should definitely pay for your vacation rentals with a credit card and not cash or transfers; this will ensure that there is a paper trail should anything go wrong. If there’s a mix up when it comes to dates, cancellations or the length of time paid for you’ll have evidence of what you paid for. A credit card is usually only necessary for the reservation and deposit before you arrive and you can pay the remainder by cash upon arrival.

Warning! 5 Things you Should Avoid on a Mexico Vacation

December 2, 2015 at 12:26 pm

Just because you’re in a foreign country doesn’t mean that you can do things on a Mexico vacation that you wouldn’t do at home! Laws are in place to protect you and the nationals of Mexico so please be sure that you stay within the law if you want to have a safe, happy and legal vacation.

Here are 5 things you should avoid on a Mexico vacation:

Leave a restaurant without tipping

This is, of course, is not illegal but is rude and is frowned upon. As people from the USA and Canada might understand, people in the service industry in Mexico get low wages and are reliant on tips. As such it’s good practice to leave something when dining in a restaurant; anywhere between 15% and 20% is usual for your Mexico vacation budget.

Swim in the sea when the red flag is up

The majority of beaches in tourist areas in Mexico are safe for swimming, but on occasion authorities may deem that they are not and will let you know by raising a red flag. If you see this red flag then stay out the water; it says that the currents are too strong. Likewise, if you know there is a hurricane somewhere in the area, you might find that the tides are high and currents are dangerous.

Never eat turtle eggs

There are so many wonderful delicacy to try on your Mexico vacation, that there really is no need to eat turtle eggs. In Mexico turtles are protected animals and, as such, the eggs are collected by the local authorities and removed to a sanctuary. Though some locals will try to sell you them, keep in mind that eating turtle eggs is illegal in Mexico.

Sunbathe nude or topless

Mexico is not only a very traditional, but a very Catholic country in which it is illegal to sunbathe without a bathing suit or to go topless. If you do so then you’ll find yourself in serious trouble with the local authorities and police service. There are, however, some designated beaches where topless and nude bathing is permitted, but there are very rare.

Never say you don’t like Mexican food or tequila

Telling your hosts that you don’t like their national cuisine or beverages is likely to offend. If you don’t like the food then seek alternatives, but don’t tell people you hate Mexican cuisine. In general, Mexicans are very proud of their culture.

Urinate in a public place

Although this will land you in legal trouble no matter where you do it the tourist areas and more stringent about the enforcement of this policy. If you get caught in the middle of this unpleasant act on your Mexico vacation you’ll find yourself the recipient of a large fine!

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