5 Tips For Family Travel In 2021
Over the last couple of months Airbnb has become a popular choice for social distancing, limited exposure and having a sense of sheltering in place. With the popularity in Airbnb more people are considering becoming a host and purchasing a home or using their present home as a short term rental. Airbnb said rental bookings jumped 52% in the first quarter from the same quarter last year.
Surprisingly more hosts and homes on the market is not necessarily translating into happy renters. Airbnb customers are complaining about excessive fees and host-house-rules for their rental homes. Some renters on social media are actually calling the hosts and their rental rules outrageous. One issue is around more concern about cameras popping up and not trusting where cameras may be located in the house. Another complaint is the increase in Airbnb fees and Airbnb collecting taxes. What was once an inexpensive option for accommodations is now equal to or more than a hotel stay.
Families heading out for vacation will need to closely compare accommodation options. Hotels fees related to city occupancy taxes, resort fees, wifi fees, parking and the cost of restaurant meals could keep hotels a second choice for families.
Short Term Rentals with additional fees and tough rental rules, are still edging out hotels in the post pandemic era of travel. Renters should ask questions of hosts to ensure they have a full understanding of the house rules and get a better idea of the personality of their potential host. Short Term Rentals are based on trust. Most people think it is only about the renter trusting the host; but hosts are also evaluating and considering all inquiries and must trust they are making the right decision with each guest.
Road trip vs. flight– What’s your level of anxiety? Answering that question can help you decide. Airports are busy again and waiting in line for TSA, Check In and Boarding is showing limited signs of social distancing. Being aware of how close someone is standing will be monitored by you and not an airport official. If you feel any anxiety about standing close, sitting beside or close to others, flying may not be the best option for you at this time.
Check the COVID mandates and regulations in the locations you are considering. Mandates are lifting, however individual businesses will have their own requirements. Bring along a mask to make sure you are in good shape if asked to place one on.
Your favorite guidebook may not be accurate anymore – Do you have a favorite guidebook for the destination you’ve been dreaming about? While guidebooks have always been a great resource and still are, the pandemic has brought about many changes in the travel world. Open and close times may be incorrect, locations may have changed, just to name a few things to think about.
The pandemic was extra hard on the travel industry and businesses have either restructured or closed and opened under another name. Sadly, in too many cases, they have closed completely. Especially many small family owned establishments. Refer to online travel blogs that have up to date information. Also, reach out to the tourism boards, chamber of commerce or the city’s website for the latest information.
Start planning early, but confirm before you go. Planning early has always been a great way to save money and ensure you have time to price check and get the best deal. As airfares, Short Term Rentals, car rentals and other travel related businesses continue to increase in costs, starting early and booking is a great way to stay ahead of the increases. However, it’s more imperative than ever to confirm and check for changes as you get closer to the day you leave. Avoid disappointments and check-before-you-go.