When it comes to our vacations, we usually don't have a lot of time and we don't want to waste our hard earned money on a dumpy place to stay, however, we don't want to spend a fortune either. Here are a few tips to help you find a good place!
Reviews & Premium Badges - If reviews are too good to be true, they probably are! Look for reviews that say how a place dealt with issues, customer service and overall rating from lots of guests. Also, look for places that have premium badges and ratings for their accommodations. You may pay a little more, but depending on what your needs are, it might be worth it in the long run. Some places may even add meal tickets with their rooms. Look for your main needs first, then see who has a few extras for the same deal.
Scout the Area - Wherever you plan to stay, check out the area around it. If you can't physically, try digitally through Google Maps (the street view option). Also type the address into CrimeReports.com to learn more.
Pictures & Phrases - Words like "cozy, quaint, rustic" can all have hidden meanings. Cozy and quaint might mean small and cramped. Rustic could mean old and worn out or even isolated, so don't let flowery speech throw you. Also, pictures can be taken to make a place look larger than what it is, so check the square footage on a space as well to make sure you are getting the size you need.
Word of Mouth - Of course the best way to know what you are getting is to use a place that someone you know has used and enjoyed. Maybe even your Realtor can find out some information for you so you know you can trust where you are going so you can have a fun, safe and comfortable vacation!