Travel: 5 Tips for Finding the Perfect Villa

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Renting a villa somewhere in Europe can really make your holiday that much more enjoyable. As long as you take your time and search for something suitable before you leave, you’re going to have a good chance of finding something that suits you perfectly. The tips below will help you with the hunt for a villa for your next holiday abroad.

  1. List Your Needs – Writing down what you want in a villa – including number of bathrooms and other amenities like a full kitchen – as well as what you’d really like to have but isn’t necessary can help make your hunt easier by narrowing down the possibilities right away.

  2. Make Phone Calls – Looking at websites is nice and can give you a general idea of what a villa is like, but if you want to get your specific questions answered, you’re going to need to pick up the phone and make phone calls. This is a good way to test the service and friendliness of the people you’ll be dealing with.

  3. Ask for Extras – Whether it’s access to a parking spot, a free rental car, or a fridge stocked with local foods, try to get the person renting to you to throw in extras to sweeten the deal and get you to sign the lease. Not being too eager can help with this considerably. Not everyone will work with you, but you might be surprised.

  4. Choose Location Carefully – While villas in certain popular areas are well known, try to explore something that’s a little off the beaten path. This will usually mean a cheaper rental price, but you might also come across other surprises. For example, imagine a villa across the road from locals who love tourists and treat them like family when they arrive. This is what can make an ordinary holiday epic.

  5. Consider Getting Insurance – While a lease agreement may include extra insurance – or not – you might consider getting your own travel insurance to cover yourself if anything goes wrong. This is especially helpful if you’re going to be staying somewhere that is fancy and expensive.

Finding a villa that fits all your needs and wants – as well as your budget – is not impossible. You want to spend time finding the best holiday rental, but this is time well spent if you’re able to enjoy your holiday even more. The more time you take to find the perfect place to stay while abroad, the better chance you’re going to have a stress free and relaxing holiday.

Author: Sheila Kurdinger has been to the so many times recently, her friends and family are starting to worry she’s thinking too much about travel. In all seriousness, she likes to stay on top of all the latest holiday rentals that are available throughout the world.


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