Tips for Accommodating Holiday Travelers

The holidays are a busy time for travelers and property owners alike. Prepare for the holiday season by considering these tips so that you can impress your guests while taking advantage of your own holiday plans!

Fall Seasonal Touches

Be Festive!

Get in the spirit and share those holiday comforts that you enjoy in your own home with your guests! A simple wreath on the door, gourd centerpiece on the dining table, or autumn scented candle in the living room is an inexpensive way of showing your attention to detail and can get your guests in the mood for the season. When decorating your property look for simple autumn or winter themed decorations. Take this opportunity to have fun and get creative with your surroundings! If your property is in a region with particular fall or winter foliage, incorporate it in the home to give your renters a closer connection with the new surroundings. If you use physical keys for your property, consider sending them in a holiday wrapped box to get renters extra excited about renting with you.

Add a Personal Touch

In the vacation rental world, personalization is key to set yourself apart from the competition. Offering rental deals during the holidays is a great way to draw attention to your property. Consider including a gift card to a local restaurant or shop with your guest’s holiday reservation and present it as a gift upon their arrival. In light of the gift-giving season, having something tangible to give to travelers can be more special than simply offering a seasonal discount. If a gift for each booking is out of your budget, something as small as a signed holiday card can be a great way to welcome guests to your home.

Be Well Informed

Although not always the case, chances are that you know more about your rental area than the traveler that has rented your property, so use this knowledge to better include them in your greater community. No matter how large or small your town may be, it is almost guaranteed that it will host some combination of holiday events that are open to the public such as light shows, concerts, festivals, and specialty theater or sporting events. Use this special season to your advantage and learn everything you can about what your surroundings have to offer at this time. Leave a brochure or a simple collection of community event information in your home for guests to use as a reference. If you feel comfortable, consider asking your travelers what their favorite fall and winter activities are so that you may focus your research in one direction.

Plan Ahead

In order to ensure that your own holiday plans will be stress free, be extra careful about updating your calendar and property functions for your in-coming holiday guests. The better prepared you are for the needs of your renters, the less they will need your assistance while you’re celebrating with your own friends and family. Go the extra mile and try to anticipate the needs of a holiday traveler. If you don’t already, consider leaving a guide in your home that includes the locations of shops for great last minute gifts, stores with gift-wrapping services, or restaurants that are guaranteed to be open during the holiday period while most are closed.

Avoid unnecessary stressors by incorporating these tips prior to your guests’ stay this holiday season. You’ll thank yourself for the preparations made and your guests will take delight in the outcome they produce. Happy bookings!

How to Transform your Rental into the Perfect Holiday Hideaway

For many vacation rental owners the winter months bring holiday travelers looking to capture the magic that this time of year is famous for, so it’s the perfect time for you to get into the spirit with seasonal décor and treats. Decorating your vacation home and leaving “little extras” for your guests to enjoy will not only make their stay during the holiday season more memorable, but this type of superstar customer service will give you a greater chance of generating positive reviews and referrals. Below are a few simple tips on how to create an even more inviting space for your winter guests.

  • Greet your guests with a spread of local goodies and snacks that are reminiscent of the season. An easy go-to for the colder holiday months is hot cocoa and eggnog. You can leave hot cocoa mix and holiday themed mugs as a “little extra” for guests. If a family is renting your home you could provide holiday cookie ingredients and cookie cutters as an activity for them to do during their stay, or if you enjoy baking you can always whip up a batch before your visitors arrive and leave them on a festive platter. Another family friendly activity you can leave out for travelers is a gingerbread house kit. It’s a fun way to celebrate the season and it will help keep the kids occupied for a bit, a gift many parents will appreciate.
  • Extend the seasonal charm throughout the rest of your vacation home with holiday scented candles and soaps, flannel sheets, and festive hand towels for the bathroom and kitchen. You can even place some poinsettias throughout your home, and maybe even hang up some mistletoe to help your guests get into the holiday spirit!
  • If your home is in a region that traditionally experiences snowfall, leave your guests with a couple of sleds to enjoy your winter wonderland. Along with sleds, consider leaving additional outerwear in case guests are not prepared for a snowy climate. Or, for those who would prefer to experience those flurries from afar, you could also leave out a few classic holiday movies for their enjoyment.

Don’t be afraid to get creative and craft your own ideas for spreading holiday cheer this year. Take advantage of the countless possibilities the winter and holiday themes provide, and relish the fact that you’ll be able to achieve all of this while remaining thrifty and still generate positive feedback from your guests. Leaving out little gifts for guests will put a smile on their face and a 5 star review on your listing.

Happy Bookings!


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