Vrbo data shows best time to book vacation homes for 2020 travel

AUSTIN, Texas – January 13, 2020 – To help families plan their 2020 travel, Vrbo® released data that shows the best time to book vacation homes during peak travel seasons. Based on Vrbo’s travel demand data, January is the busiest booking month of the year.

"The key is to book before traffic on the Vrbo app peaks so you’ll find the best selection of vacation homes for the amount you want to pay." said Melanie Fish, Vrbo family travel expert. "There are clear times when demand surges, and booking your stay before that surge ensures you’ll get that house with a pool right on the beach or that mountain cabin that has enough beds for all the cousins.”

Stay ahead of the curve by booking a vacation rental for peak travel times before these dates1:

  • Spring break: Book by Feb. 10

  • Memorial Day weekend: Book by April 20

  • Summer: Book by April 30

  • Fourth of July weekend: Book by May 25

  • Labor Day weekend: Book by July 28

  • Thanksgiving: Book by Oct. 21

  • Ski season: Book by Oct. 30

  • Winter break: Book by Nov. 17

Where are families headed this year?

Vrbo also analyzed the top places families are traveling together during peak vacation times in 2020[1]:

  • Spring break: Breckenridge, Colo.; Gulf Shores, Ala.; Scottsdale, Ariz.

  • Memorial Day: Gulf Shores, Ala.; Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.; Orange Beach, Ala.

  • Summer season: Panama City Beach, Fla.; Gulf Shores, Ala.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.

  • Fourth of July: Orange Beach, Ala.; Panama City, Fla.; Gulf Shores, Ala.

  • Labor Day: Myrtle Beach, S.C.

  • Thanksgiving: Sevierville, Tenn.; Kissimmee, Fla.

  • Ski season: Breckenridge, Colo.; Keystone, Colo.

  • Winter break: Park City, Utah; Kissimmee, Fla.; Sevierville, Tenn.

Vacation home booking tips

Consider these tips when booking on Vrbo to make sure your family vacation is seamless.

  • Book and pay through Vrbo to be eligible for the Book with Confidence Guarantee

  • Take advantage of new technology - if you’re traveling in a group, use Trip Boards to help plan a trip. Trip Boards allow you to save all of your favorite properties in one place, then share and invite other people to vote and leave comments about their favorites.

  • Use filters to narrow the search. Each vacation home is unique - so find one that fits the needs of your family. In addition to basic filters like property type and whether it’s waterfront, there are filters that can send you to ski-in, ski-out properties and homes with a king size bed.

  • Review the listing and rental agreement before booking. Each homeowner sets their own cancellation policy. Consider trip insurance in case something prevents you from taking the trip.

  • Read the traveler reviews. This is a great resource to determine if a vacation home will meet your family’s expectations.

  • Be flexible when searching for the perfect destination and consider up-and-coming rental destinations.

For more travel inspiration, check out the 2020 Travel Trends Report.

[1] Based on an analysis of domestic Vrbo vacation rental demand for the 12-month period ending December 31, 2019.

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