Published December 2020
Right now, it’s safe to say we’re all experiencing a little cabin fever. Maybe you’re missing quality time with loved ones, or maybe you’re longing for the thrill of an adventure. While the situation surrounding the coronavirus and travel may seem daunting, there are plenty of safety precautions we can take, so you don’t have to sacrifice on getting away.
One of the biggest steps to travel safely during the coronavirus outbreak is to choose a place to stay where you feel comfortable and secure. And a private vacation home can offer just that—plus so much more. We’ve rounded up seven reasons why you should choose a vacation rental versus a hotel when it’s time to satisfy your wanderlust.
Sure, there’s the obvious: by booking a vacation rental, you won’t run into other guests, or do the awkward please-don’t-come-in-here-with-me shuffle in the lobby elevator. On top of that, many of our vacation rentals feature contactless check-in via smart locks, so you could go your entire trip seeing only your travel party (and maybe the pizza delivery driver). Plus, private homes can offer remote destinations and secluded getaways in a way that hotels just can’t. Think woodsy cabins, lake houses, or desert bungalows.
If you’re already feeling cooped up at home, then you probably don’t want to cram the whole family into a hotel room, or take on the cost of multiple rooms. Booking a vacation rental versus a hotel means more space, both inside and outside, so there’s room for everyone to stretch their legs. And, should you choose, a large yard or a firepit is a great place for a quick (socially distanced) get-together.
With more travelers opting out of in-restaurant dining, they can turn to vacation rentals for the ample cooking space that most hotels just don’t have. Or maybe takeout in front of the TV is more your style. In that case, find a vacation rental with a spacious living room and plenty of cozy furniture, where you can gorge on pad thai, tacos, or whatever you’re craving.
It’s true that hotels can offer fun amenities—like swimming pools and hot tubs—but “shared” may not be the safest way to enjoy them. Luckily, when you book a vacation rental, you can choose from homes with private swimming pools, hot tubs, saunas, game rooms, and even home theaters. Plus, having one of these amenities all to yourself means more space to enjoy it, whether you’re splashing, soaking, or having a family movie night.
The great thing about remote work is that you can do it from almost anywhere. Many vacation rentals offer free high-speed WiFi so you won’t miss a meeting, plus you’ve got the option to book a place with extra room to use as an office. Besides, wouldn’t it be way better if your Zoom background was an actual beach sunset?
Finding a dog-friendly hotel can be a hassle, and trying to fit the whole family into a suite—plus Fido—sounds a lot like downsizing. If navigating coronavirus and travel has you second guessing whether you should allow a dog-sitter into your home, that’s where pet-friendly vacation rentals come in. Now you can enjoy spending quality time with everyone in the family. With a pet-friendly home, you and your dog can play fetch in the yard and curl up together in the evenings.
If your schedule includes a lot fewer in-person commitments these days, a long-term vacation rental is a great option. Whether you’re staying for a couple weeks or a month, a vacation rental is so much more practical than a hotel. You can relax somewhere that feels more homelike, take advantage of ample storage space, set up a designated office space, and enjoy handy amenities like a washer and dryer. Sometimes, there’s even an added benefit of monthly discounts on snowbird vacation rentals versus a hotel.
Available amenities will vary from home to home. Generally speaking, a vacation home with its own amenities—like a private swimming pool or a hot tub—is a good bet if you want to make sure you’ll have access to those features during your stay. If you’re planning to stay somewhere with shared amenities (especially a hotel!), it can be smart to do your research or call before you book to see what’s open.
As ordinances regarding masks and other COVID-19 safety protocols vary from state to state, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on local and federal mandates as you prepare for your trip. Generally, you should plan to keep a face covering handy, especially if you’re traveling across state lines.
When it comes to our homes, Vacasa has always taken pride in a high standard of cleanliness. Now, to promote the health and safety of our guests, homeowners, and teams, we’ve also launched our Vacasa Premium Clean program.