Five tips to make your vacation home or apartment rental more like a home


Renting a house or apartment for your next vacation has its advantages: you probably get more space for less money than in a typical hotel room, and you can cut down on restaurant expenses by preparing some of your own meals. . If you are traveling with several family members or friends, a house or apartment is attractive because there is usually a common area where everyone can meet and socialize.

I have rented houses for several vacations over the past few years, and although I have enjoyed their perks, the main issue I have had is that they never felt like my residence. I often wondered what I could do to personalize my stays, and to find out, I turned to two experts for help.

Here are some of their tips that I plan to use on my next getaways where I rent a residence..

Choose a space with a full kitchen: David Holyoke, Global Director of Airbnb for work, is on the road half the year for business and pleasure, and almost always stays at an Airbnb. “Whether the trip is for one night or for two weeks, I want to feel at home,” he said. A rental with a full kitchen is a priority for him because it gives him the ability to eat like he does when at home in Marin County, Calif., which he describes as “heartwarming.” He goes to a local grocery store as soon as he arrives at his destination and buys some of the foods he eats regularly, like pre-washed greens, a piece of fish he can roast, and a pint of chocolate ice cream. and peanut butter. . Many rentals have kitchens stocked with basic items like olive oil and seasonings (this is usually listed in the amenities section when browsing rentals), and Mr. Holyoke chooses accommodations that come with these. essentials so that he has less groceries to buy.

Pack a few key items: Kevin Clark, an interior manager with the interior design company Homepolish, rents an apartment during all her vacations and says that bringing a few basic things goes a long way in creating a sense of privacy. All homes have a scent associated with them, he said, and bringing your home scent to your rental is one way to make it feel like it’s yours. It could be a travel size of your room spray, perfume, or everyday hand soap. Mr. Clark also likes to bring an item he uses frequently, like the scented candle he lights almost every day and the blanket he has on his couch. “It’s a nice touch to add a bit of your own personality to your rental,” he said. He also recommended taking your outfit home, whether it’s old sweatpants, cozy pajamas, or other comfortable clothes.

Mr. Holyoke added that while many rentals have bathrooms with toiletries, he brings those he uses around the house. “They are familiar and work for me,” he said.

Unpack and hide your bags: The first thing Mr. Clark does when he arrives at his rental, even if he’s only staying one night, is unpack his suitcase and put it away. It only takes five to ten minutes to pack up again, but having items in drawers and closets makes your stay more residential and less to pull out of a suitcase – you can even organize things as you would in your own House.

Look for a rental with a large common area: When traveling with family or friends, Mr. Holyoke looks for accommodations with spacious common areas. “My family and I spend 90 percent of our time at home in our living room because it’s a comfortable place to relax together,” he said. “Being able to have the same level of connectivity when we are away evokes a feeling of being at home. “


Watch out for interiors: Aesthetic preferences are personal. Some people prefer brightly colored spaces while others, including Mr. Clark, lean towards a neutral palette because it is more calming. Make sure your rental reflects your tastes. Otherwise, its decor can be awkward and prevent you from enjoying your stay. You can do this by viewing plenty of photos of a potential rental before committing. If a rental you’re considering doesn’t have enough photos, you’re better off looking at other options – there are plenty out there.

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