5 Tips To Help You Find and Book The Perfect Cabin Rental in Texas

Cabin rentals in Texas is a great option for a vacation in the South. Texas boasts a varied landscape, including hills, mountains, beaches, deserts, and forests, all great settings for enjoying a vacation in a cabin.The key to making the most out of your vacation rental is to determine ahead of time which aspects of the vacation are important to you and ensuring you secure those necessities at the right price. Take a look at the following guide to help you in booking your next cabin rental:

1. Consider the location.

This is a bit of a chicken or egg scenario, but you should decide which area you want to visit in Texas, and, of course, which area is conducive to good cabin settings. For instance, hills and remote areas, like the Hill Country area in Leakey, Concan and Uvalde County, are often suited for different rugged rentals. Areas near and/or on rivers are also ripe for cabin rentals in Texas. The Frio River is a great example of an idyllic spot for cabin rentals.

2. Decide what kind of amenities you would like.

Different accommodations come with a wide arrange of amenities. Very basic, primitive structures may be better for those on a budget, or for those who are looking for a more “roughing it” vacation. These include hunters, hikers and campers. Hunting in Texas can be varied, based on the location. Deer season is particularly fruitful in just about any area of Texas, but especially the hilly parts in Central Texas and the forested areas in East Texas. Some cabins come fully stocked and are advertised as luxury cabins. These often come equipped with hot tubs and kitchens and more comfortable decorations. And of course, there are always the in-between cabins that are not quite rugged and not quite luxurious. These are generally perfect for families. Size should also be considered an amenity. If you are going with a group, check of cabins situated together or bigger, multi-family dwellings. Sleeping arrangements can help figure into the size, with fold-out couches and bunk beds offering ideal spots for children.

3. Contact the local tourist centers and visitor’s bureaus.

If you are having trouble deciding which cabin rentals in Texas are reputable and which ones would be well suited for your situation, you should consider contacting the local visitor’s bureaus, chamber of commerces, and tourist centers. These are tried-and-true information hot-spots. Generally, locals man these stations and will be able to direct you in the right direction. Also, the staff should be able to confirm whether a business is in good-standing. Additionally, if you are having a difficult time deciding in which area of Texas to book your vacation, these local offices should be able to let you know what there is to do in the area.

4. Determine what activities are available.

Vacationing possibilities are endless in Texas. Cabins are well-suited for many different activities, but to choose the best possible option for yourself, you should think about the goal of your trip. Outdoor, nature trips are one option. Texas has a great state park system, with over 95 parks. Areas with water are also ideal, with lakes predominately throughout North Texas, Central Texas and East Texas. Check the hiking options and fishing options in the area. Wine tours, music festivals, river sports and group camping tours are also great ways to spend a vacation. The type of cabin you secure should be entirely dependent on how you want to spend your days.

5. Search for online deals.

Last, but certainly not least, look online for different deals and specials. Off-season times of the year and weekdays are particularly smart times to book if you are interested in saving some money. And again, check with the local businesses for recommendations, coupons and specials for cabin rentals in Texas.

The Perfect Welcome Gift for Your Guests

Personalize your “Welcome Baskets” to get the best bang for your buck! If you want to leave a lasting impression on your guests so they’ll come back year after year, then, show them you care! Step one: Know your guests! This is so important. During the interviewing process, ask lots of questions; find out if they have ever been to the area, what type of activities they are interested in doing while on vacation, are they bringing children along and if so, how many and what are their ages? With this information, you can make the perfect selections for each of them.

Sample Welcome Baskets:

1. Family week: Coffee cups with your logo on it (free advertisement), muffins, cookies, and assorted teas. Add coupons to local stores, restaurants, theater, marina, golf course or any other local establishment that offers family activities. Knowing their children’s ages, will help you make a bigger impression when you leave age-appropriate games for them. Cards, dominos, and dice are good choices for most ages.

2. Romantic weekend: Two champagne glasses, a bottle of champagne, massage oils, tea light candles, chocolate covered strawberries, and truffles. To set the mood, add satin rose petals for super effect.

3. Girls weekend: A basket filled with lotions, herbal teas, eye masks, scrub bars, lavender scent candles, and of course – any kind of dark chocolate. Add a deck of tarot cards or a Ouija board and they will love you for it!

4. Golf weekend: Leave special offers from local golf course. Caddy snacks, cheese and crackers, almonds, chocolate cookies and golf tees. Or, add Koozes with your logo on it, water bottles, golf towels, golfer’s coffee mug and golf balls. All of which will be much appreciated by any golfer.

5. Special Occasions: Whether it’s a birthday celebration, an anniversary, mother’s day or father’s day, a bachelorette or bachelor’s weekend, there’s a unique basket ready to be filled! Here are some suggestions on how to fill the perfect basket: cheese and wine, a chocolate “everything” basket, snacks of all kinds, gourmet food, spa-filled luxury items to pamper oneself, flowers & champagne, muffins galore, assorted cookies, baked goods, organic foods, individual or assorted fruits, assorted breads and rolls, assorted nuts and crackers, assorted deli meats with olives and gourmet cheeses, dried fruit and nuts, and assorted herbal teas and cookies.

Final notes:
1) Ask your local restaurants if they are willing to offer specials for referrals.
2) Find out if there are any local events coming up. Ask your neighbors or go online and Google what’s happening in the area. If so, leave brochures in baskets.
3) Leave a small “purse-size” photo album with your website for your guests. Free advertisement for Your Vacation Rental!

Investment Opportunities in Serviced Accommodation

This type of company is generally a disruptive business. The Ford Model T revolutionised the car industry; Dyson did the same for the vacuum cleaner; Amazon took advantage of the Internet to change the way we purchased books all sorts of other products; and now AirBnB have made it simple to book accommodation not in hotels but in people’s homes.

Who does not like to be nosy by looking at how other people live and how their homes reflect their lifestyle and personal taste in home decor and furnishings? It seems therefore that AirBnB really did hit the sweet spot.

While most people will have stayed in a hotel at sometime in their life, they now accept that there are alternative accommodations. The term “serviced accommodation” relates to property that delivers somewhere to eat and sleep but in a property that offers the much more than a conventional hotel by including a fully fitted kitchen, a lounge area in which to relax and additional bedrooms for the rest of the family all within one property that will offer a “home from home” experience.

They have raised the bar so this type of accommodation is now what most people when traveling for both business and pleasure want to stay in. They want somewhere that is flexible so they can stay for a night, or longer; and where they can enjoy spacious accommodation, home comforts, the opportunity to cook a meal to save the cost of eating out at a restaurant; the chance to catch up on their washing and above all, the opportunity to share their experiences with the host, as and when they are resident.

The other contributor to the success of serviced accommodation has been technology. Without this it would not have been possible for the model to gain traction and therefore attract hosts to register their properties, at the speed they have.

Guests have benefited too by having the power and speed to locate properties at the click of a button, possibly for booking on demand; having a friendly person to communicate with throughout the booking process; and having peace of mind, knowing that previous guests have written reviews to say how wonderful the host and property was.

It seems that now travelers have experienced AirBnB, and other online travel websites, as leisure guests they are now insisting that their employers allow them to use the same option for their business travel.

This market is therefore expanding at rapid rate. Research suggests that there are now about 750,000 serviced apartments worldwide – an increase of 80% in just 8 years. In the UK, serviced accommodation supply is expected to grow by 8% in the two years leading up to 2017, outstripping the growth of hotels at 6% according to research performed by Savills, the estate agent.

While supply has increase so has demand. It seems that over 36 million overseas visitors came to Britain in 2015 – an increase of 50% over the previous 12 years. The number of UK residents taking a holiday at home is also on the increase especially as the exchange rate between sterling and both the dollar and euro has depreciated following the referendum vote to leave the EU. This would suggest a long term boom for the British tourism industry and an unprecedented demand for overnight accommodation.

The location and the facilities on offer are the two major contributors to higher occupancy levels. If a property is situated close to good transport links, major companies and popular tourist attractions; as well as being well furnished and fitted it to a high standard it will be popular with guests and therefore be in demand.

Obviously, nobody is forecasting the imminent demise of the hotel industry or the private rental accommodation sector as a whole because they are both substantial but anybody with an eye for a property investment with a generous long-term fixed yield income could do a lot worse than investigate this emerging property investment sector.

Private individuals have often invested in HMO multi-let properties to secure a higher rate of return but recent UK tax changes have made this proposition less attractive.

Now that the serviced accommodation sector is growing at such a rapid rate, there are greater opportunities to realise a higher rental income on these compared to HMO’s. One just needs to be certain that demand and therefore occupancy levels are sufficiently high to provide the margin required to deliver a healthier rate of return than one achieves when leaving money in bank savings accounts.

Vacation Rentals – What Option Is Right For Your Vacation?

Vacation rentals & in general the idea of renting a proper lodging for your vacation is a somewhat new way of looking that the time off you’re taking from the real world. At some point, it seems, someone wondered why it was that we tend to settle for lodging that is mass-produced & somewhat sterile when we could make our “home away from home” actually feel like a “home away from home”.

It makes sense when you stop and think about it. We look forward to our vacation all year because we know how much work we put into our jobs. Day in and day out, we work ourselves to the bone to earn whatever amount of time we can take off, and somehow, we decided that such lucrative recharge time needed to be spent on very “non-mojo” surroundings. Finally, someone decided to offer more luxurious offerings that had more domestic amenities. Still, others decided that maybe their own home might be used for a very domestic lodging. Other options began to spring up, and before you knew it, the vacation rental property revolutionized the travel industry in a major way.

But what type of vacation rental option is right for you? After all, with so many options, how exactly do you find what works best for you and (presumably) your family? Well, to be perfectly frank, it’s not hard at all. Really. You’d be surprised how easy it is to find the right rental for your needs.

First, sit down with your family & find out what you all want in a vacation rental. After all, if it is to fill the needs of your family, everyone’s input should be taken into account. Talk about the difference between wants & needs, and use it as a great teaching tool to get your kids to think critically about compromise. You know you can’t get everything you want, but it’s nice to see what page everyone is on as you go on this cool journey.

Next, figure out where you’re going to go for vacation. Perhaps these first two items can be switched, but in the end, you’re still on the right track. You can’t possibly know what you truly want in a rental unless you know where you’ll be & what you’ll possibly be doing.

You also have to consider the amount of time you have off in the first place. If you’ve got a posh gig where you can take up to a month off from work for a vacation, you’ve got a lot of options. However, for the majority of people who have from a few days to about two weeks, planning is where it’s at, and you need to plan carefully. Say you’ve done all the right things & taken the right steps, and you’ve found the right vacation rental for you. How long will it take to travel to this place? How will you get around from your rental to other areas nearby? How much travel to should you factor in by foot? Car? Taxi? Flying? It’s always the little things that sneak up on you.

Don’t let the many options of vacation rentals get you down; let them work for you.