Advice Before Booking Holiday Rentals Online

Booking self catering apartments or villa rentals is often a cheaper and more flexible way of enjoying a holiday in comparison to hotels. Unfortunately, there are some potential issues and scams that you should be aware of when booking holiday rentals online.

No matter how hard travel companies and authorities try to prevent scams, there will always be fraudsters who will try and make money illegally. Unfortunately, this often results in innocent people having their holiday dreams shattered.

How To Avoid Holiday Rental Scams

1. Finding the right holiday rental company
Finding the right holiday rentals website for booking apartments, villas and other forms of holiday accommodation online is extremely difficult. Your first piece of advice is to find a trustworthy website. To trust a company or website, you could check the age of the website using a domain age checker tool such as ‘seologs’. This is a neat little tool that allows you to input the website’s name and you will immediately be given the date that the website was first registered. Online holiday businesses come and go, and if the website name appears to have been registered within the last year or two, then it is probably best avoiding. Another way to check the credibility of a company is to visit your favourite search engine and search using the full holiday website domain name followed by ‘scam’. This search should return all results that relate to the rental company and scams, if any exist. Do a quick check on the first two pages of results to see if your chosen company appears in the results and whether any negative stories about them exist.

2. Advertising and Links
Holiday Rental websites that display lots of adverts, banners or links to other sites are also best avoided. Website owners who place advertising on their site do this purely to generate revenue through third party companies (against Google’s guidelines) or use a system in place where the owner makes money each time their advert or link is clicked by visitors. You need to ask yourself the question, if you visit a site which you believe is a holiday rentals site, will you really benefit in any way from seeing or clicking on lots of adverts or links that lead to third party sites? Many of these links can be quite discrete and may fool, and if you click on what you believe is a genuine link or use a link to search for accommodation in a particular destination, you could be taken to an alternative website. The only purpose of this is to generate some revenue for the website owner, which means they do not care where you click on the site and will certainly not be bothered about you booking a genuine holiday. Another method of advertising is the use of pop-up adverts, these can be rather annoying and deceptive by placing information in front of you when you have not requested it. Do yourself a favour; don’t waste your time and avoid these types of sites.

3. Contact Details
When you have found a Holiday rental website that advertises a choice of properties, before you make any enquiries to property owners, have a quick check to see if the holiday rentals website displays their contact details. If the site does not display a phone number, address or email address then it means this website does not want to be contactable. If you ever have a problem or a query, how can you contact the site? Do yourself a favour and avoid sites that offer no support or a means to contact them.

4. Be Realistic
If a website is displaying holiday accommodation with exceptionally low prices or huge discounts, be wary. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

5. Remain Vigilant
If you find a property advert but it displays minimal information, this suggests that the owner has not been willing to make much effort to promote their own personal property. Holiday homes are an investment, and most genuine owners want a return on their investment and will therefore market their property accordingly, which involves spending some time and effort to create an attractive looking property advert online. The owners advert may well be genuine, but adverts like this often lack information for a reason. Be wary, and if you are in any doubt you should request further details from the owner such as more photos, to help you visualize the property.

6. Research the Property
Before you part with any money for deposits you should obtain the owners full contact details including their home address, the holiday home address, phone numbers and email address. Once you have received the address for the holiday home, it is worth checking that the property address actually exists, using Google maps. It is also worth doing some searches using the owners name and email address, in case this returns some negative PR or bad experiences from previous guests. Request to see some references from previous guests, and contacting them directly should give you some added comfort.

7. Keep Records
Keep a copy of all email and telephone correspondence with the owner before your booking, including statements for any payment made to the owner. You should also request a receipt from the owner for any payment made to them, and keep copies for your records.

8. Travel Insurance
Most travel insurance companies do not cover fraud, so if you have been caught out by a bogus scam then it is likely that you will be left on your own to retrieve the money. To safe-guard yourself, check with your current insurance provider what your policy covers. There are some travel insurance companies that do cover fraud, especially in situations where visitors have booked a property that is wrongly described or does not actually exist. It is well worth taking time to find an insurance company that covers this before you book your holiday.

9. Payment
It is advisable to pay your transaction by credit card, as many card companies do provide some form of protection. Check what your card provider actually covers.

10. Refundable Deposits
Many owners request a deposit to cover damage or breakages should they occur during the holiday. The deposit should be a refundable deposit and returned to the visitor upon satisfactory inspection and exit of property. When booking the property, make sure you are comfortable with the amount of deposit being requested, and have an agreement on how soon the money will be returned. It is also a good idea to take some photos before you exit the property, and request that the owners agent checks and agrees with you in writing that the property has been left in a good condition with no breakages.

Most people have been booking holiday rentals for many years and experience no problems whatsoever. Just be a little cautious and don’t leave your brains on the plane.

Melbourne Apartments – Vacation Rental Tips

Whether you are looking for your favorite Melbourne Apartments for rent, for sale or for short stay holidays – you can make use of the apartment finder guide that can help you in locating the best accommodations according to your budget and personal preference. For this, you just require carrying out an advanced search or categorized search that can make your search narrower and time saving.

You can search for Melbourne apartments according to the housing style such as Apartment Unit or Condo, Duplex or Villa, Room in Private Home, Room & Board, Townhouse, Holiday or Furnished apartments, Shared or Roommates, Student Housing, simple House or as Corporate Accommodation. You can also choose your favorite accommodation in Melbourne depending on the price range. You can even carry out the apartment search based on the number of bedrooms. From simple one bedroom apartment to any number (including studio), you can instantly search and book apartments according to your budget. There are numerous websites that offer you with quick search facilities by selecting and clicking an area in Melbourne where you wish to stay.

From the large lists of Melbourne apartments that you have been provided with as a result of the quick search, you can collect the details of them and then choose the particular accommodation that fits your budget and taste. You will be provided with detailed information on the property along with property location, hotel facilities, room services and amenities, restaurants, distance from city center, leisure activities, etc. You can also get to know the room rents and basic costs of the apartment together with its exterior and interior photos. This helps you in deciding whether or not to book for the accommodation.

Internet offers you the opportunity to choose from thousands of properties based on the locations and price. You can now book for your favorite Melbourne Apartment instantly through instant online booking through credit card payment options. You can either book through a reliable agency or directly with the owner. You can also get cheap accommodations BY categorizing your searches as “cheap Melbourne Apartments”. You can also review the ratings and feedback of the apartment prior to booking.

9 Myths that Block You From Completing Your Book Fast, p2

Many speakers, consultants, and small business owners alike
feel confident with communicating their message orally. They can
spout their message in an elevator speech with the accuracy of a
scientist. But when it comes to putting it on paper, some grown
men & women end up crying like a baby.

Through speaking and writing, I have discovered 9 myths that
often block others from writing their best book now. I promise.
It’s not hard once you know exactly what to do. Successful
writers set up a system of writing. Destroy these myths and
setup your system of writing with nine easy solutions.

Myth #5 I am stuck. I have to stop writing until I feel it again.

Unseasoned writers may play the martyr and push through just to
put something on paper or give up and try again another day. We
would never get it done like that. When you get stuck simply
close that chapter and pull out your chapter outline and choose
another chapter. If you have been following this program, you
have listed main points for each chapter. Select a topic from
that chapter and begin there.

Solution: To maintain your momentum keep your writing
commitments. Go around writer’s block by working on another
chapter. For example, while writing this book in one of my
writing sessions, I wanted to finish my fourth chapter on titles
but I ran into a writer’s block. Instead of breaking my
momentum, I came down to chapter eight about easy writing and
began there. I was able to complete my time commitment of one
hour and keep my momentum.

Myth #6 I just write whatever comes to my head and there’s no
need to re-write.

My editor will handle all that. It’s o.k. to free write when
you are working on your first draft. The idea is go get the
thoughts out of your head onto paper. For no one can express it
quite like you. Oh sure, there are some better or worse writers
but not exactly like you.

I know this may not feel good to some but its smacks of plain
ole laziness if you don’t work on making your copy the best it
can be. Don’t leave all the dirty work for your editor unless
you really can’t do any better.

Solution: Successful authors rewrite and organize their ideas
for the most impact. Avoid re-writing during your first draft.
Concentrate on finishing each chapter then you’re your tracking
time to self-edit: Check your ideas for flow, grammar, spelling,
and chapter endings. Work on your chapter titles and lead in
introductions.

Myth #7 I have to do it all myself.

Do your research and reading time apart from your writing
sessions. You may be able to ask your spouse, a teen-aged son or
daughter, a friend to help with your research. Know when to let
go of your chapters and book. Don’t self-edit and pick your book
apart word by word. Learn to use your skills at the highest
level possible. Some of the mechanical tasks of proofreading ask
a family member, part-time employee or again a friend to help.

Solution: After using your skills at the highest level, learn
to delegate faster and faster. Do the best job you can with your
manuscript, and then don’t be afraid to pass it to a
professional.

Myth #8 I don’t know anything about computers so pecking my
book out would probably take forever.

Don’t run from technology. At least take the time to learn
about the shortcuts in your current software. Welcome to the new
millennium! Embrace technology make your software work
efficiently for you.

Solution: Value your time. Learn how to do it easier and faster.

Myth #9 Computer crashes, loss of information would never
happen to me.

If you have been computing long, you know computer crashes or
loss of data can happen to anyone. Don’t take the chance of
losing your hard work. Print out and back up daily.

Solution: Develop the habit now to save your work and print
daily. Save your manuscript to an alternate space. Use a floppy
diskette or burn a cd/dvd. Safeguard your time investment backup
today and every day.

Writing a book is a journey. Most journeys go so much smoother
with a map or in our case a writing plan. Taking the simple
steps above will get you started fast and keep you going to
completion. Start today then complete and release your
significant message in a book to the world.