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With so many vacation rental options out there, it can take someone hours upon hours to inquire, keep up with responses, get approval from the family, and actually book a property that hasn’t already been reserved from underneath them. The #BookDirect campaign strives to educate travelers – especially of the Destin and Miramar Beach, Florida, areas – on the importance of booking direct with a property manager or Owner. Below you’ll find nifty tips on how to save yourself some money and find a rental directly as well as advantages to booking direct. Save yourself some stress, time, and hair-pulling and leave the hard work to us!
How To Book Direct
DECIDE ON A LOCATION/REGION
Europe…the Caribbean…Destin, Florida. Everyone has a different region of the world where they want to travel to. Decide on what’s most important for you and your group, and narrow down the region/area in which you are looking to begin comparing rental properties.
SET A BUDGET
By now, you know the region you are going. For this sake, we’ll establish that you have decided on the Destin, Florida region. Next, is to set a budget that works for your group. Be mindful of season rate changes (high versus low season, holidays, special events, etc.). Ask yourself if you are prepared to stay off the beach to stay within budget or if finding something on the water is vital to you. This will help you once you start looking into the 10,000 rental options our area has.
LOCATION, DESIRES, AND MUST-HAVES
Third on the checklist is prioritizing your needs in a vacation space. Do you like the beach? How about something a little more quiet on the Bay? Here for a conference…perhaps you need something where you can quickly walk to your conference at 7am every morning. Travelling with small kids where the thought of staying near Sandestin’s Village of Baytowne Wharf makes vacation seem so much easier to handle? Research the area and write a list of things that would make your trip the best one. Consider the need of a walk-in shower for your elderly parents or even tubs to bathe the kids in. Are stainless steel appliances a must? This checklist item can cover a lot of ground, but we strongly suggest writing down a list of your top 3-5 needs before you begin pin pointing properties so you don’t overwhelm yourself with “wants” over “needs.”
HOUSE, CONDO, HOTEL
Almost as equally important as #3 is deciding on what type of property you want to stay in. Oftentimes, you can get a vacation rental condo or house with most of the comforts of back home for a better price than a hotel …. or a more economical price considering most vacation properties have a kitchen, washer/dryer, etc. Large groups tend to book houses or multiple condos while small families have the decision of staying in a 1 bedroom with a sofa sleeper or allowing the kids to have their own room in a 2 bedroom. Determining your group’s needs and space requirements can be very helpful unless you are completely flexible!
SEARCH AND KEEP IT ORGANIZED
You can use the major listing sites that you are used to, but beware that sending an inquiry through these sites can require you to book direct and pay an additional 10-20% than what you would pay if you found the Owner/Property Manager direct. Search and take notes. Keep yourself very organized so you don’t confuse and overwhelm yourself. It’s touch searching through so many listings…we understand! Look for an Owner’s name or Property Management company logo/name on the listings. You can also look for the condo/house name (we love punny names in Destin – everyone names everything!). Search (we suggest Google) these names to try to connect directly for the best rate.