A lot has happened in the world of travel and tech in the last 3 years, from Airbnb breaking into the vacation rental scene and offering the entire home, Google getting into travel search like Kayak and Trivago and don’t forget Expedia purchasing everything from Homeaway and its competitors Travelocity and Orbitz for billions of dollars. Tech saw Facebook give everyone their 15 minutes of fame, Uber and the like rise, Amazon prime reign, Instagram morph, Periscope sink and Meerkat poof away just as fast as it appeared.
2016 was a year of uncertainty, an election year for us in the United States with an unforgettable result, Brexit struck and the United Kingdom felt the financial effects almost immediately, Canada’s currency was extremely weak, the world experienced many terror threats and natural disasters, and we lost some of our most beloved celebrities. One thing was certain people wanted to get away and forget even if it was just for a week on vacation.
So why is 2017 the best year to book a vacation rental? Well the answer is simple. Timing and accessibility! 2016 was a down trend year for most accommodation providers from hotels to vacation rentals. Occupancy slipped, travel from most reliable markets and sources were down so this is the best time for you to take advantages of the deals, promotions, and specials that will be offered for 2017. Most companies from brands like Disney to Expedia will be offering packages and promotions to spike 2017 travel. Vacation home companies will follow suite and provide a wonderful and inexpensive alternative to cramped hotel rooms. In the Orlando market just minutes away from Disney World they are building “purpose built” vacation rental communities that have homes up to 10 bedrooms. These homes give multiple families, multigenerational families and groups of friends a way to travel together, get the privacy of a home but the amenities of a resort for pennies on the dollar.
Accessibility! Now you know more about vacation rentals than ever before thanks to Booking.com, Expedia, Homeaway and Airbnb. More destinations have emerged throughout the United States and best of all you can contact local vacation rental companies directly for the best deals and service. They are the local experts who know the best places to go, eat and relax! So, why waste your time on the phone with a call center who is thousands of miles away and don’t have a clue about where you are going? Best of all most have website that you can search for the perfect home and book real time online and secure. Take Starmark Vacation Homes who is an Orlando vacation home expert and has one of the largest available inventories online you can find. On www.starmarkvacationhomes.com you can place you dates, select the type of home, and size of property and view hundreds of real time available properties, with high quality pictures and online secure booking. Homes are located minutes from Disney World, they are an authorized Disney ticket seller and part of Disney’s vacation home program, so creating a Disney getaway is easy!
So its time to gather the family put some places to go in a hat and start your 2017 vacation rental adventure. Book early, book often, book local and stay in a vacation rental!