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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Travel Website Scams, what to look out for.

There are many signs to watch out for when researching and choosing 
a vacation rental apartment.

  • Many travel websites advertise at VERY low rates. Whether it's a hotel or a 1 room rental, you should call to double check and make sure the listing is official. There are many online scams these days and you shouldn't put your family vacation at risk by renting an apartment from an unreliable source.
  • As opposed to private companies, some privately owned apartments or room rentals might not offer reliable services. Always double check the exact services offered so you can know what to expect in advance.
You as a renter should consider the differences between 
private companies and privately owned apartments: 
Private Companies:
- offer services such as gym & pool access
- full staff of service representatives
- 24 hour doorman
- cleaning staff
- are the owners available to ask questions 24/7 via e-mail or telephone 

Privately owned apartments:
- will there be a team of service representatives available in case there is an apartment issue?
- are you guaranteed the same apartment as you inquired about?
- are services such as a pool or gym provided?

As a renter, you should feel comfortable when making a decision to rent a vacation apartment. Schedule a friend or family member to visit the apartment for you in advance. Ask questions, e-mail the owners, or call.  

Enjoy your vacation! 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Totally Jewish Travel Magazine!

Check out some great articles and recipes at
Jewish Travel Magazine!!