More than 48.7 million people are hitting the road to celebrate Thanksgiving with loved ones this week, marking the start of busiest travel season of the year. And when they get to where they’re going, more and more people are choosing vacation rentals as their home away from home for the holidays.
When searching for places to stay, Thanksgiving guests are looking for a home that can accommodate a large group, with a kitchen and dining setup fit for a feast. Homeowners who recognize this growing demand and are proactive about marketing their vacation homes to holiday travelers stand to rake in the bookings.
So how are Thanksgiving travelers’ preferences driving trends in the vacation rental market? Take a look at what we found in our 2017 Thanksgiving Travel Trends Infographic below:
When it comes to choosing accommodations, today’s travelers have more options than ever before. And it’s becoming a lot more likely that they will choose vacation rentals over traditional hotels. They want bigger spaces, better amenities, and the personal touches that vacation homes provide.
As a homeowner, you have a lot to gain from renting to holiday travelers, but also a lot of expectations to meet. To truly take advantage of these travel peaks, you should be pricing your property competitively, marketing to holiday travelers, and providing guests with those ‘extras’ that make their celebration special.
Needless to say, it’s a lot of work – especially if you’re busy preparing your own holiday travel plans!
If putting together two special holiday experiences (one for yourself and another for your guests) sounds like too much of a time commitment and too much stress, you might be interested in partnering with a vacation rental management service like Evolve.
Evolve is redefining vacation rental management by helping homeowners create exceptional guest experiences, book more nights, pay lower fees, and enjoy unrivaled flexibility. To learn more about what we do and how it works for homeowners in our network, click here or contact an Evolve Homeowner Consultant at 1.877.818.1014 (press 2).