Ask anyone who’s recently tried to rent out their vacation home (aka the investment property you bought, which doesn’t get nearly as much use as it should): It’s not for the faint of heart. While lockdown might be a thing of the past, COVID has forever changed what renters are looking for in a home—and according to a recent Expedia report, that extends to vacation rentals as well. As many companies maintain a hybrid work-from-home model, “blended” or “flexcation” travel—which is a longer stay that mixes remote work and play—is on the rise, where 28 percent of travelers said they’re looking to take a flexcation trip in the next 12 months (per the report).
That said, people seem to be getting more specific with what they're looking for in a vacation rental. While a waterfront beach house is bound to bring in bookings, according to the report, sixty-five percent of travelers consider a rental’s amenities (both indoor and outdoor) as more important than the destination itself. So, we spoke to Tim Rosolio, vice president of Vacation Partner Success at Expedia Group and VRBO, to uncover the three amenities that are like fly paper to vacation renters right now. Read on for everything you need to know