The travel industry seems to gracefully maneuver big changes to the way they do business, and perhaps one of the biggest changes they’ve had to navigate is popularity of luxury condominiums. The heyday of the hotels, motels, and motorways seems a bit more distant when you consider the accessible amount of luxury the general traveler can get for about the same money.
Therein lies the biggest part of the travel industry’s changes – it’s the fixation on the bottom line. Now, let’s be clear in saying that running a successful business that caters to travelers is totally cool. But as with anything business, once the consumer finds that he or she has the upper hand in getting what they want, businesses have to really work hard to stay in the game. Luxury condominiums just happen to be one of the number of other non-traditional accommodation options travelers can take advantage of.
But what if you’ve never thought about renting a luxury condominium? Maybe you’ve never even heard of one, but now that it’s on your radar, you’d like to see if it’s right for you and your family.
Here’s a quick guide to get you started:
It’s All About What the Family Wants vs What They Need – Luxury condominiums aren’t just one type of domicile. You have options depending on your budget. The hard part is deciding what you and your family want out of your rented digs for the duration of your trip. What amenities are absolute essentials and which can kick rocks? It’s a tough way to open up travel talk, but it makes a big difference.
Close to the Action… Maybe – Travel industry insiders seems to be at odds about this one. Some note that if you stay closer to the action in your destination city, you’re likely to pay more for everything including your condo. Then again, others indicate the exact opposite. All this really means is that if you find a condo that you really like & seems to have everything you want, call ahead & check pricing just in case.
Size and Age of Group – It may seem a little personal, but understanding the diverse group you’re traveling with will help you narrow down luxury condominium choices. Considering there are usually flexible floor plans, you should be OK. You definitely have to factor in the age of your travelers. If you have teens traveling with toddlers and sexagenarians, you’ll be contending with three very unique schedules.
Be A Savvy Consumer – Earlier, it may have seemed as though we were bagging on people being good consumers, and that’s the furthest thing from the truth. You want as much bang for your buck when you’re traveling, and there’s no better way than to find a great rate for your accommodations. The internet will be your best friend, but don’t forget to actually call the condo. It’s a lost art, but it’ll give you the opportunity to ask about any discounts that may come with memberships you have.