When you choose a vacation home to stay in, what do you consider? You probably check that it has enough beds for everyone in your group. Maybe you make sure you can reach it from the airport and that it's not too far from the key sights you want to see. If you want to have the vacation of a lifetime, here are some other, often-overlooked aspects to consider.
Does the house have laundry facilities?
This is especially important if you will be staying for more than a couple of days. If the vacation home has laundry facilities, you can pack lighter and do laundry partway through your trip — which may mean you can avoid checking a bag or can check fewer bags. You won't have to venture out and find a laundromat, either, which will save you a lot of time that you'd probably rather spend relaxing or sightseeing.
How close are the neighboring homes?
You may have to look up the vacation home on Google Maps to see a satellite image, but doing so is worth it. Try to determine how close the other homes or rentals are. If you have a large group coming on vacation with you and you think you might be a little noisy, you might want to look for a home that's further from others so you don't disturb the neighbors. On the other hand, if you have a little child who is easily woken, you might want a more secluded home so others don't disturb you!
Is the kitchen stocked with "basics?"
If you plan on cooking during your stay — and you should, because it can save you a small fortune compared to eating out — check to see what is provided in the kitchen. Most vacation home kitchens have basic appliances, but some vacation homes also have basics like salt, pepper, olive oil, and spices in the cupboards. This will save you from having to bring these along or buying new ones just to leave them behind.
How good is the WiFi?
WiFi is important when you're out of town. You need it to plan your days, check your email, and find directions to top attractions. Don't just check that a vacation home has WiFi. Read the reviews to see if the connection is good enough.
Make sure you do your due diligence before booking a vacation rental. A space with the right amenities will make for a better stay.