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Finding a vacation rental can be a long process.  However, if you have a Twitter account I would advise using it.  But make sure you get your Tweet Re-Tweeted.

Here’a primer on how to get Re-Tweeted.

http://bit.ly/RT_FB_VR

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Terry

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Recently I wrote about getting our deposits back from the vacation rentals we stayed in on our “Great American Summer Vacation” as it is now being called. Here is the update.

Bottom line: we got all of our money back, but it did take a little work. Very little actually. Two emails.

Below is what I think you should do when you are in that uneasy time between arriving home and getting the deposit money back. This is based upon a good experience, but the process is almost exactly the same for a bad experience (that is a different post.)

Most vacation rental properties have what I call a “house book.” Among other things, the house book usually has “exit instructions.” Follow those instructions. “The Vacationers Guide to Vacation Rentals,” has a pretty darn good way of documenting that you did what you were instructed to do.

If, for example, the house book instructs you to leave all soiled linens in the master bath bath tub, don’t leave them on the floor in the laundry room. If you are asked to wipe down the counters in the kitchen, then wipe down the counters in the kitchen. Do as you are asked and (assuming there isn’t any damage) it now is a waiting game.

A “trick” is to leave a note for the owner/agent telling them of your experience in the vacation rental. Tell the truth. If it was great, let them know; if it wasn’t great then tell them too.

In that note write out that you did as instructed in the house book. “We left the linens in the master bath bath tub and we wiped down the counter.” If you can, send them the same note via email and send it with a “read receipt” or a “delivery receipt.”

Thankfully, the “Great American Summer Vacation” accommodations were great and the units were left “as instructed.” I did have to send two emails to one of the owners and got a prompt and understandable response. Three days later there was a check in my mail box. The check cleared!

Remember to do as the house book instructs you. Leave a note and send a copy
via email if possible. Wait. Receive vacation rental deposit check from the owner/agent. Deposit check. Make sure it clears! Smile and start planning your next vacation!

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Terry

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This is not 100% about vacation rentals, although a few of these tweeters do tweet a lot about them. If you are in need of learning about travel from all around the world in all different types of travel, read this article.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/4698852/Twitter-50-great-travel-tweeters.html

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Terry

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One of the great things about vacation rentals is that you have much more control over the diet of your children while on vacation versus a hotel.  However, much to the chagrin of many parents, it means you have to cook.

I was introduced to a great site, see below, that has all of the “kids eat free” restaurants on it.  So, go there before you leave for your vacation and see if there is a spot you can go and not have such a huge bill.

http://kidsmealdeals.com/

Great site.  Great resource.  It’s going on our links page too!

Many thanks to Cher Lon Wardlaw-Malik at

http://www.onlinetravelhero.com

for sharing this with me via Facebook.

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Terry

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“Mornin.'”  – Some guy wearing nothing but boxer shorts and a wife beater at 5 in the morning in our (allegedly) single family vacation rental.

“First you go west; then you go north.”  – Andrea in response to “how do we get to Montana from Chicago?”

“Uh… WHAT time is it?” – EVERYONE around the campfire at the Bar W Guest Ranch, Whitefish, MT, when we were told it was 11:15 pm.  The time really wasn’t the issue, the issue was that the sun was still up.

“Good luck” — Max Carl, lead singer of Grand Funk Railroad, said while making the sign of the cross to me when I told him of our drive (5122 miles) when it was all said and done.

“Kool.  Immagonna do dat.”  – Cristina Fenner imitating a ski instructor’s imitation of Lil Wayne all dressed in pink.  How sweet!

“I’ve never seen water that color.”  My son Matthew while looking at the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park.  And I’d have to agree.

“FILL IN THE BLANK” followed by “Bean.”  – All three of my kids, incessantly, and once or twice by me but never by Andrea; no, NEVER.  i.e. yellowstonebean, bisonbean, and my personal favorite: “Martybean.”

“It was like a liquid rollercoaster.”  – My son Jack after we got through a category four rapid.

“You guys are doing a great job; keep rowing.”  – One of our fellow rafters enjoying the view while the rest of us rowed our butts off!

“Hooooonnnnneeeeyyyyyyy.”  Same lady as above just after her husband fell overboard.

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