Stay Safe from Disastrous Vacation Rental
April 29, 2016
When thinking of a great vacation, we can choose to rent a condo or a home close to a quiet beach or in the hub of the downtown area surrounded by lively establishments. We like our vacation rentals to be in the ideal locations, with lots of comfortable space to move around and having the useful amenities close by. Booking the right place means doing extensive searching and hoping it will turn out for the best.
Vacation rental disasters happen all the time when our expectations are not met or sudden problems arise bringing unfortunate events. There are small things we take for granted that often spell the difference between a nightmarish stay or a dream accommodation haven. Here are some tips that you can consider that will make you safe against disastrous vacation rentals.
Inspect your vacation rental or have someone else check it
If you are booking your vacation rental for the next year and find yourself in the location, use the time to check out the property in advance. Otherwise, get an agent to check it or ask the owner to give you a virtual tour via video conference in real time. That way you get to see for yourself just what to expect of your property. Remember that photos can be deceiving. You can also read feedback from previous renters
Make sure all essential items are listed in your contract
Never be fooled by false marketing promises. Ask for confirmation about deal-breaker inclusions for your vacation rental like internet connection, dish washers, hot tubs, pools etc. Vacation rentals often turn out to be a lot different from your expectations; an advertized jacuzzi can turn out to be an ordinary bath tub or what should have been a luxurious well equipped room, in reality simply resembles a box with wooden walls. The lesson here is: be sure of the place before booking it.
Consider using an agent
Look out for agencies that have a small list of curated properties that suit your needs. They can have better quality than most advertised rental homes because they had undergone routine inspections and scrutiny by the agency’s expert staff. Agency vacation rentals can be more expensive, but if it can assure you of a great accommodation on vacation, a few dollars added won’t hurt.
Check for Old Damages and Breakages
This can save you from paying for items and furniture that you didn’t break or damage. Having a checklist of damages that were already present in the vacation rental saves you from paying for “sins” you didn’t commit. You’ll be then entitled to getting back your deposit in its full amount, no deductions and no charges.
Use a Credit Card Instead of Cash
Set aside your cash for future expenses like food, shopping needs and transportation fares. When it comes to paying your booking fees and rental charges, use your credit cards. This leaves a paper trail and protects you from fraud as it leaves you with proof of your payment, thus making an easy claim or a refund for anything you’ve paid beforehand. Obviously, be sure to use only secure sites if paying online for your vacation rental.
Top 5 Errors to avoid on vacation in Mexico
September 16, 2015
Who hasn’t heard the saying “what happens in Mexico stays in Mexico”? No-one would dispute the fact that Mexico is a wonderful place to vacation in; but, like any country in the world, it has it’s do’s and don’ts when it comes to safety and security. Here’s a list of the top 5 things not to do when vacation in Mexico, but if we’re honest number 1 should stand no matter what country you’re in.
- DON’T ever insult a Mexican’s mother
This might seem obvious, and of course mothers in all countries should be treated with respect and dignity, but in Mexico in particular mothers are honored. If you insult a Mexican’s mother then you are very likely to find yourself in trouble that you’d want to avoid.
- DON’T do things you wouldn’t usually do at home
Just because you’re away from the restraints and responsibilities of home doesn’t mean you should change your code of conduct in any way. Even if you don’t know the language, the police and the law are still there to protect you and the residents of the country, so ignorance is no defence against the laws of the land.
- DON’T work!
Leave your laptop at home, switch off your work cell phone and take time to relax, you are on vacation in Mexico to have a great time! There is another meaning to this one, however; working in Mexico illegally is not a good idea because you could find yourself in serious, and costly, trouble.
- DON’T leave a restaurant without tipping
This isn’t illegal, obviously, but is rude and frowned upon; not all people who work in the service industry get a wage, and if they do it’s very low and they depend on tips. Even if you can’t afford to leave a big one, make sure you leave something! In most tourist areas in Mexico, between 15-20% is customary.
- DON’T Swim in the sea when the red flag is up
Most of the main tourist beaches in Mexico are safe for swimming and playing in all the time, but mother-nature has her own plan and sometimes you’ll see a red flag up. When you do, please don’t go swimming; red flags indicate that the current is particularly strong and you could end up being swept out to sea.
Tips for the Best Day Out in Cabo San Lucas
July 27, 2015
Cabo San Lucas is one of Mexico’s most enduringly popular, and outstandingly beautiful, vacation spots. The Baja California peninsula benefits from a staggeringly good climate, breath-taking landscape, and some of the clearest, cleanest waters around. With that said, however, there is so much more to than just laze on the fantastic beaches.
Have a look at some of the best activities and days out available in Cabo san Lucas, with our top tips for the best day out in Cabo San Lucas.
For the best day out in Cabo San Lucas for adventure seekers, zip-lining comes top of the list. If you’re an adrenaline junkie then this is for you; though it’s completely safe it’s definitely a hair raising experience! You’ll find yourself flying above the canopies, mountains, rivers, and canyons of Baja California attached to a taut wire.
From November to March every year the coasts of Cabo san Lucas become home to whales of many species, and there are plenty of companies who will be willing to help you get close to these majestic animals! These memories will last a lifetime. Certainly a great day out in Cabo San Lucas.
Camel rides and tours
The virgin desert in Baja California is best explored on the back of a camel! This is an unforgettable and unique experience which you won’t regret. The stunning flora and fauna of the area can be seen in these tours.
El Arco (Lands End)
Undoubtedly the most iconic landmark in the area, El Arco is enduringly popular with tourists. Taking a trip to Lands End is pretty easy and you have quite a few options; you can charter a luxury yacht or water taxi to get you to the rock formation. Or you can take a guided tour. Either way, you can lounge of Lovers Beach once you get there! The best day out in Cabo San Lucas!
No vacation in Cabo San Lucas would be complete without a lazy day on the beach! The beaches in the area are truly amazing, and whether you’re on a secluded beach or on a popular beach near the bars and nightlife of Cabo you’ll have a great day. You can swim, snorkel and dive from many of the beaches in Cabo san Lucas so you don’t need to worry about being bored, either!
What should I take to Mexico on vacation?
June 19, 2015
When you begin to plan your vacation to beautiful Mexico you should start a ‘to do’ list. The ‘to do’ list will remind you what you need to take with you to Mexico on vacation, and depending on the vacation that you will be taking in Mexico is what will decide the items you will be taking.
If I am going on vacation to a beach in Mexico, what should I pack?
Are you going to vacation at one of the popular beach locations in Mexico for just one week, two of longer? What should you plan on packing? If the beach locations that you will be vacationing are in Cabo San Lucas, Cancun or Puerto Vallarta, then you don’t have to worry too much about your packing, because there are plenty of malls, stores or a pharmacy that you can pick up any items that you forget.
In fact, you should plan on packing very light, so you have plenty of room in your suitcase for souvenirs. You can pick up beach t-shirts, sunglasses, hats, and all kinds of neat items that will remind you of your trip to Mexico. Mexico is also renowned for stunning pottery, textiles and other types of folkart.
If I am going to vacation backpacking in Mexico, what should I pack?
A backpacking Mexico vacation is different packing than a beach vacation. You will want to pack items to meet the weather conditions that occur in the Northern Mountains in Mexico. The beach weather is warm and humid while the mountains are cool and sometimes wet, which will require warmer outfits and gear. One easy thing to do is wear several layers of outfits along with waterproof items. A raincoat is a great thing to pack along with hiking boots or shoes, but don’t forget to pack a pair of sandals or flip flops, just in case you have to shower in a public shower. You will also want to pack a towel, because many of the backpacker style hotels don’t supply towels or shampoo.
Necessary items to bring on a Mexico Vacation
Daily medication that will last you the entire time of your vacation such as; inhalers, birth control, blood pressure, and any EpiPens. The pharmacies in Mexico may not carry the brand of your medication, so you should always bring enough with you.
Magazines, books, and a tablet that is in English. If you have to purchase any of these reading materials in Mexico, then you will pay more money for them to be written in English.
Sunscreen and lotions. If you are allergic to lotions or sunscreen, then you should make sure you bring your own, because these items may not be easily found in Mexico.
Why take Regular Sunny Vacations to Mexico?
May 27, 2015
Mexico is a favorite vacation destination of tourists from Canada and the United States who want to have a great vacation under the sun. You will find it economical, instead of going to other tropical countries where you have to spend a lot on plane tickets. Spending vacations to Mexico under the sun’s heat brings many benefits. Let’s take a look at why:
- It can improve your overall health
Having enough supply of Vitamin D is one sign of having a healthy body. Vitamin D has many benefits such as aiding our body in absorbing calcium that results in stronger bones. It is also a factor in having a good immune system and having a healthy blood pressure since it is known to reduce it. Having vacations to Mexico under the sun helps to have a sufficient supply of Vitamin D. Our skin produces Vitamin D when it is hit by the sun’s rays, and in some vacation spots in Mexico like Puerto Vallarta, Cancun and Cabo San Lucas, the sun shines almost all year long. Who knew that Mexico could be good for your health!
- It can result to a more beautiful skin
A tropical climate will have some positive effects on your skin too. A warm climate acts like a skin booster as the sun’s heat can act as a natural collagen in improving your skin’s overall condition. Results will be evident after some days and you will notice that soon after you arrive to Mexico your skin will begin to glow like never before. Lightly tanned skin needs less make-up too because it is naturally beautiful. Staying outside and lying on Mexico’s soft, white sand also means you get enough supply of oxygen and are more likely to drink a lot of water. This will act out as a toxin flusher that will help in maintaining a good tone for your skin.
- Travelling makes you happier
According to a study by the International Society for Quality-of-life Studies, having a relaxing vacation boosts a person’s level of happiness for weeks and months even before it happens. The excitement of having a vacation increases your endorphin levels while having the vacation itself brings fun and entertainment. For some people, a vacation to Mexico helps in beating depression because it brings a different environment to thrive on. A life under the sun, increases the levels of serotonin which can be a cure for SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) as you take a break from the biting cold of the dark winter.
- It is a form of Relaxation
Vacations to Mexico can be a needed break away from work which results in stress and looking haggard. Vacations allow your body to become relaxed and will in turn help to improve your immune system. A life in a sunny climate means a more active lifestyle too; spending your time on the beach means a lot of physical activities like swimming, kayaking, beach volleyball and many more. It is a way of exercising, which leads to an overall good health.