Busting Common Myths About Renting a Vacation Home

According to a Kelton Global study, nine in ten travelers (89 percent) who have never rented a vacation home before would consider doing so. However, popular misconceptions ultimately prevent many from trying a vacation rental and experiencing the unique benefits that come with this different way to vacation.

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With more choices than ever when it comes to vacation rentals, it can be troublesome navigating all the options. To help, we set the record straight by dispelling these top five myths:

  • Myth #1: More space = a higher price tag. Many travelers assume vacation rentals are more expensive than traditional lodging options. Think again! Break down the per night, per person pricing while factoring in the space amenities and you can get a great value. Rental homes can even prove more cost-effective by allowing travelers to leverage convenient amenities, such as kitchens to save money on meals or washers & dryers to cut down on baggage fees by packing less.
  • Myth #2: Vacation rentals are only for large groups. Vacation rental homes come in all shapes and sizes, from studio units and condos in resort-style communities to larger, private homes with four or more bedrooms. Solo travelers, couples and small families often enjoy rental homes for the convenience and can find the right sized home for their needs.
  • Myth #3: I have to stay for at least a week. Not true! Many vacation rental homes offer flexibility when it comes to length of stay. Travelers can often find rentals for nightly or weekend stays, especially during off-peak travel periods.
  • Myth #4: You have to book far in advance. There is no set timeframe in which you must book a rental home before your trip. While booking further in advance can give you a greater selection to choose from, there are often great last-minute deals in many popular vacation destinations for those who can’t plan as far ahead.
  • Myth #5: If I need help during my stay, I’m on my own. Quite the contrary; though, it does depend on how you book your rental home. If you book through a professional manager, there is typically someone available 24/7 to assist you with any issues you might encounter. If you book directly through a homeowner, you’ll need to ask them how available they’ll be during your stay.


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+Study was conducted by Kelton Global from December 14, 2015 – January 5, 2016 among the following audiences: 1,000 nationally representative Americans 25+ who have ever traveled outside the home overnight, including 447 Americans who have experience being a rental guest in someone else’s vacation home and 561 Americans who own two or more homes and have ever rented out one of their homes to travelers (this group includes U.S. vacation rental homeowners who have a rental agreement with Wyndham Vacation Rentals and those who do not).


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