Staying in a vacation rental instead of a hotel can save a lot of money on a family vacation. But it takes some experience on what to look for in a vacation rental to make sure your “deal” is worth the savings. This week we chat with Jen Reyneri, experienced renter and property owner, to get her best vacation rental tips.
ON THE PODCAST
00:31 – Talking with Tamara about her previous vacation rentals
09:32 – Introducing Jen Reyneri
13:06 – How Jen started renting her property
15:45 – Jen’s favorite rentals
17:55 – What is it like to rent
19:54 – Renting vs. hotel
24:50 – Minimum amount to stay at rental
26:05 – What to look for in a rental
33:10 – Sites to look for rentals
38:50 – Jen’s favorite travel gear
40:28 – App(s) of the week
41:41 – Shout Out
ABOUT JEN REYNERI
Renaissance Woman Jen Reyneri is the founder of WordTraveling.com, a faith & family travel community. Jen calls herself a bridge, here to connect, excite and ignite you on your journeys. She and her husband Luis (a Certified Wine Educator and Advanced Sommelier) own a beach vacation rental property in Hobe Sound, Florida, lead local stewardship & fellowship ministries, coach STEAM education through art, Lego robotics and Speed Cubing, and host food & wine gatherings. Jen and her family often live life on the road with their sons, Makani Kai and Luke Ezra.
Jen is founder of the Grape Living wine club and the #LetYourWriteShine retreats of Shine Digital Marketing, where she coaches other authors and bloggers. Spirited and spirit filled, she savors life, sabbaticals, poetic words and strong coffee. Follow Jen on Instagram and Facebook.
Vacation Rental Tips
- If you like to cook your own food, renting a home or apartment would be the right choice for you! You will have a kitchen to do your cooking and to reheat your leftovers when you do go out.
- There is generally more space when you are renting rather than staying at a hotel. You can spread out and not worry about your noise level for your hotel neighbors.
- It is a good to check and see if the person you are renting from is paying their taxes on rental. You want to make sure they are a legitimate business.
- Be sure to check the location of your rental compared to the places that you want to visit and see. This is also a great tip for the hotel you choose as well. You want to find a place where you will not be wasting time getting to these other locations you are going to see.
- If you are traveling with children make sure to look into what the property has to offer before renting. For example if you are traveling with a baby, you would want to see if they have a place for changing or even just if there is enough space your 3 year old to run around.
- Be sure to read all the listing and reviews carefully.
- Make a checklist of your “must have” amenities — don’t assume that every location will include things like a washer and dryer.
- Use services like Google Earth to scope out the neighborhood of your rental, especially in cities.
FAVORITE TRAVEL GEAR
Jen loves to wear a pair of Chico’s jeans and her Olukai flip-flops.
APP OF THE WEEK
Both Homeaway and Airbnb have mobile apps where you can search for some vacation rentals and ideas of where you would like to go by creating wish lists for different locations. You can then share those wish lists or listings with friends and family, and make notes on what you liked and didn’t like.
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