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Wyndham Busts the Biggest Myths Surrounding Vacation Rentals

Hotel & Resort | Patrick Clarke | July 19, 2016

Wyndham Busts the Biggest Myths Surrounding Vacation Rentals

 PHOTO: Villa Dinama (photo courtesy of TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals).

With July being National Vacation Rental Month, Wyndham Vacation Rentals has set out to bust the biggest myths surrounding the popular alternative to hotels and resorts.

"With so many different types of vacation rentals available, travelers can have trouble navigating their options," said Wyndham Vacation Rentals North America president Mary Lynn Clark in a statement. "Feeling misinformed or overwhelmed can dissuade those travelers from trying something new."

"To help, we wanted to confront a few of the most popular myths that tend to surround vacation rentals."

Perhaps the biggest and most important myth is cost. But, while travelers are getting more space with a vacation rental, they're also gaining access to additional amenities, including features like kitchens, washers and dryers that allow them to save on dining expenses as well as baggage fees.

Booking with a larger group is a great way to travel for less since guests will be able to split up costs. But vacation rentals come in all different shapes and sizes and aren't limited to group travelers.

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Another common misconception among travelers is that vacation rentals require a minimum stay of one week.

Although guests are likely to be more comfortable spending a week in a vacation rental than in a hotel room given the additional space and in-room amenities, guests aren't limited to staying one week. Some rentals offer weekend stays and other more flexible stays during off-peak periods.

Despite the belief that securing a quality vacation rental requires booking far in advance, Wyndham Vacation Rentals points out that last-minute deals are more common than travelers would think.

While travelers may be sacrificing selection by waiting longer to book, they could potentially be rewarded with a better rate.

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The final myth Wyndham Vacation Rentals aims to bust this summer is the idea that renters will be left to fend for themselves upon checking in.

Sure, staying in a vacation rental is a much more independent experience compared to staying at a hotel where oftentimes staff is just ouside of your room, but some hands-on homeowners will find renting through a professional manager means you're likely to have someone available to help you round-the-clock should you need any assistance. 

According to a recent study conducted by Kelton Global, 89 percent of travelers who have never rented before would consider doing so. With some of the most commons myths about vacation rentals having been busted, more travelers are likely to dive in for the first time.



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