In case you haven’t heard, Tuesday, January 29, 2019, marks an annual event called National Plan for Vacation Day.
So, what exactly is National Plan for Vacation Day?
In short, it's a day where Americans are encouraged to arrange their vacation time for the rest of the year, ensuring that they have everything organized well in advance. This plan can include aspects of vacation planning like asking for time off, selecting locations to visit, and starting the booking process.
When you put off planning your vacation time, you're far less likely to use it. By having a specific day where you get together with your family to plan your holidays, you're more likely to get the time off and come up with a vacation itinerary that works for everyone involved.
Vacation Planning by the Numbers
Only about 49% of American workers take the time to pre-plan their vacations, leading to many people missing out. The main reason for not planning vacations ahead of time is uncertainty regarding the family's personal, work, and children's schedules.
By planning well in advance, you can make it much easier for your boss to grant your time off later in the year. A recent survey suggests that 91% of managers want to approve vacation time requests, but 43% of these bosses report not receiving enough notice to grant these absences. A principal reason for the disconnect is that 52% of workers fail to give at least six weeks notice and only 19% of employees ask for time off three or more months in advance.
Another aspect of pre-planning is that it gives you time to get ahead on your work, rather than neglecting it all until the last minute or having it pile up while you're gone. About 57% of employees end up leaving a backlog of work for when they complete their vacation or end up bringing it with them; not ideal if you’re looking to get away from it all for a week or two.
The goal when planning your vacation on January 29 is to give you more than enough time to get everything, and everyone, organized, so that you can enjoy a stress-free holiday when the time comes.
Why You Should Book Direct
Once you've determined when and where you want to take your vacation, the next step is booking your transportation and accommodation.
Something to remember is that booking directly with Randall Realtors Vacation Rentals helps to save you money verses booking through a large online travel agent like HomeAway, VRBO, or Airbnb.
The large websites charge property owners and renters commission and booking fees, which can add to the expense of your rental. These charges are generally between 6% and 10% but can sometimes reach as high as 25%. When you're booking a vacation home for a week or more, these fees can certainly add up.
Consequently, you should also know that February 6, 2019, is the second annual #BookDirect Day, which has the objective of raising awareness of the benefits of booking directly through the property manager or owner.
Search for the hashtag #bookdirect on social media sites that day for more information on the benefits of booking directly through a property management firm.
The idea is that booking direct often means better communication, lower fees, and an overall more enjoyable renting experience.
What This Means for Your Rhode Island Vacation
As you might expect, vacation rentals on Rhode Island are extremely popular during the summer and booking ahead is a necessity. If you don’t book ahead, you’ll probably be out of luck when looking for a rental on your desired dates and location.
January 29 makes the perfect time to begin the Rhode Island vacation planning process, so you can organize your dates and book your vacation home right away.
And, of course, booking directly through Randall Realtors means you can avoid the service fees you’ll see on websites like HomeAway and VRBO, which add to the overall cost of your vacation. Going this route is best for everyone involved, as both you and the homeowner can avoid overpaying a third-party and you can communicate directly with us, rather than having to rely on a booking site with out-of-state customer service and limited knowledge of Rhode Island.
With over 750 properties from which to choose, you’re sure to find the perfect match on Rhode Island through Randall Realtors Vacation Rentals, as long as you plan your vacation well in advance.
Spend this year's Plan for Vacation Day checking out everything that Rhode Island has to offer.