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5 Tips on Choosing a Vacation Condo and Avoiding Hotels

Mar 7, 2008
The idea of being able to have more than four people on a trip begins to sound complicating. Deciding from booking hotel accommodations of more than one room, to shopping for an accommodating car rental size. Think , no more having to get two rooms for a family or group of six. It may be best to rent a condo while on vacation. Many places also provide some sort of Internet access whether it be wireless for your laptop or a provided computer system. Babysitting and/or maid service can be provided as well. High demand areas for vacation condos are Hawaii, the California coast, Palm Springs Winter, the Florida coast and Orlando, the Caribbean, Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Myrtle Beach, and Hilton Head Island. Imagine a luxury beach condo in anyone of these areas, and how much more memorable a vacation would be than staying in a hotel. Staying in a vacation condo is how to take the quality of a vacation to the ultimate level.

A friend of mine, named Dom grew up in Hawaii. He would say, "Hawaiian Christmas memories are among my favorite remembrances of living in Hawaii." He talked about hearing "Silent Night" sung in English and Hawaiian by an angelic choir on a humid evening under the topical night stars with palm trees swaying. Holidays in Hawaii, especially Christmas are widely celebrated. Imagine taking a family to a tropical paradise and during Christmas. Staying in a hotel can not compare to staying in a vacation condo during a tropical family holiday. Staying in a condo that comfortably houses a family allows anyone to have similar experiences like a local would. Memories that would be as positively vivid as my friend Dom's memories are.

Here are five things to consider when looking for a vacation condo:

1. Pay particular attention to their cancellation and refund policies in the event of any change in circumstances affecting any members of your party who are due to travel.
2. Remember to pay any monies due (i.e. deposit/final balance) on time since failure to do so may result in losing your dates.
3. Make sure to plan far ahead if you want to make your reservations during a holiday, especially Easter and Christmas.
4. Learn the area, so you know where you want to stay. Also, itinerary's easily fly out of the window once you get to your destination. Know the local area so you have the ability to be spontaneous.
5. Renting from an owner can generally be more of a positive experience. There happens to be rapport built and typically the owner has stayed in the area. Obviously a local resource like that can offer plenty of advice to help get off the beaten path.

Be selective, and go for luxury. A vacation is never going to be the same if you ever stay in a hotel again. You know what they say, "Once you go vacation condo you never go Hilton Resort."
About the Author
Gabe Gayhart is an avid writer for the "Maui Escape", a luxury vacation villa in the Wailea Beach Villas Resort. More information about "The Maui Escape", learn about the Wailea Condo Amenities or call 1.877.625.3621.
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