3 Common Travel Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or it’s your first time going on a big adventure, we are all prone to making mistakes that can hamper an otherwise amazing trip. The good news is that these mistakes are easily avoidable with good planning and foresight. 

Here are three of the biggest mistakes people make when traveling, along with advice for how to avoid them. 

  1. Overpacking

It’s understandable to want to be prepared for every possible scenario that might pop up on your trip, but you’ll feel so much lighter (literally and metaphorically) when you avoid the high baggage fees at the airport and don’t have to haul around excessively heavy luggage. Not to mention that you’re bound to do some shopping, so leave room for the goodies you’ll want to bring home with you.

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Our advice: Pack basic tops and bottoms that you can mix and match to create different outfits, and remember that you can always do laundry on the road. 

  1. Only visiting famous tourist areas 

It’s okay to visit popular tourist attractions, but don’t make this the center of your trip or you’ll miss out on some of the area’s true culture and must-sees. Many famous tourist areas are nothing more than money traps and time-sucks do you really want to spend a whole day of your vacation waiting in a crowded line for a five-minute look at something that’s probably over-hyped anyway?

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Our advice: Do as the locals do. A great way to experience an area as a local is by renting an actual home for your visit instead of staying in a hotel. You’ll be staying in a more residential area, and your host can share their favorite restaurants, attractions and events that are actually worthwhile. 

  1. Not informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans

To protect you from identity theft, banks will flag any transactions you make in unfamiliar locations and then freeze your cards. This is a great precaution on their part…unless you’re traveling and need your money. Nothing ruins a fun time like having your card declined due to your own silly negligence.

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Our advice: Every bank is different, but there’s likely a place on their website where you can log in and notify them of your travel plans. Remember, in addition to your destination and the length of your trip, be sure to also enter any states you’ll be traveling through on the way there.

And there you have it! These tips are so simple, but they’ll save you a lot of time and hassle. 

What are your go-to travel tricks for a better vacation?

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How to Pack for Your Wisconsin Cabin or Vacation Rental

Vacations are supposed to be relaxing, but packing for one can be quite stressful. This is especially true when you’re not sure what to bring. Well, RentWisconsinCabins.com has you covered. Whether you’re packing to stay at a luxurious estate or a rustic cabin, here is what you need to know. 

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Kitchen

While some cabin rentals are equipped with many amenities, more old fashioned properties may lack conveniences like electricity or running water. Check the listing to find out how equipped the kitchen is, and contact the owner with any questions that the website description didn’t answer. You’ll want to know ahead of time what pots, pans, and utensils are available, especially if you plan to cook. 

Regardless of what’s available at the property, it’s always a good idea to come with your own cooler, a sharp knife, and your favorite spices. 

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Comfort

When you’re spending time in the wilderness, a few basic items can go a long way towards keeping you comfortable. The necessities include bug spray, sunscreen, a flashlight, and a first aid kit. Other comforts you might enjoy having are good pillows, linens, a fan, and extra toilet paper (because you never know!).

Entertainment 

Of course, the whole point of a Wisconsin vacation is to have fun! Come prepared with kindling and plenty of folding chairs for sitting around the fire. Even if you think you’ll spend most of your time in nature, be sure to also bring some indoor activities for nighttime and rainy days. Some fun items to have include a bluetooth speaker, books, board games, and arts and crafts supplies. 

Wherever you’re headed, you’ll have a great time! Enjoy the (book direct savings)* too.

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*At RentWisconsinCabin.com you plan and book directly with rental owners or local property managers. WHY? Booking direct guarantees you get the lowest rental rate because you skip the service fees found on every online booking travel site. Why pay hundreds of dollars more for the same Wisconsin vacation rental?

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Thanks for supporting our growing number of vacation rental website that allow renters to easily connect AND BOOK DIRECTLY with owners and local property managers. Tell your family and friends about our unique websites!

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RentKentuckyCabins.com is a Safe Way to Book Direct. Here’s why.

November 19, 2019

Vacations aren’t supposed to be stressful, and with RentKentuckyCabins.com, they never are.

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OUR KENTUCKY WEBSITE HAS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED!

It’s Cabin Time® has 6 other regional book direct websites. Our Wisconsin site was launched in 2009 — we’ve been pushing the book direct message for over 10 years! We have cabin rental sites for MI, MN, TN, NY, MT.

Show our KY early adopter listing members some love by visiting their listings:) If you like it, send an inquiry!

Have you ever thought about booking direct to save money, but just couldn’t get over your safety concerns? RentKentuckyCabins.com could be your solution.

We offer the safest way to book direct because we build every listing. Unlike middleman booking sites, we know our rental listings are legit because WE research each property in order to build the listings on our site. Additionally, our guests have the added option of speaking to the owners or property managers before booking for extra convenience and security. This means that our guests can can trust that their booking will be handled professionally and that there will be no issues or surprises.

We do the homework so you don’t have to, protecting your trip before it even begins.

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Member RentKentuckyCabins.com
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RentKentuckyCabins.com has its first 21 listings!

August 22, 2019

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Our public launch is coming soon! A special thanks to our Early Adopter members: Wildcat Cabin Rentals, Lost Lodge Resort, Stay at Lake Cumberland and Cabin on Cumberland who’ve listed 21 Kentucky vacation rentals. We treat Early Adopters like royalty forever – If you are interested in listing your Kentucky cabins, cottages, lodges or homes (at 50% off for the first two years) visit our sign up page: https://www.rentkentuckycabins.com/list-your-rental

Getting started is easy because we do all the work! We initially set up your listing(s) for you. You have access to a login Property Dashboard to make any listing updates. Unlike third-party booking sites that initially screen and hide inquiry details, our inquiries go directly to you and include the renters name, email, phone number, travel dates, number of adults and kids, a personalized message. This is great for building your renter database!

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See all of our regional websites at ItsCabinTime.com

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The launch of RentKentuckyCabins.com draws near

The launch of RentKentuckyCabins.com draws near

June 1, 2019

Coming soon! JM Creative Group, LLC is launching the seventh book direct regional website under the It’ Cabin Time brand.

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New to Kentucky, but not new to the vacation rental industry. In fact, we’ve been a pioneer in the #BookDirect movement by helping vacation rental owners and local property managers get more DIRECT bookings since 2009. What is a DIRECT booking? Renters book directly with our listing members, not through us. This allows renters to skip the traveler fees found on every middleman booking site.

Our mission is to give vacationers a clear path to inquire, plan and book directly with rental owners and property managers who are also the best local tour guides.

Five Reasons US Travelers Book Vacation Rentals Direct

When booking vacation rentals in Wisconsin or anywhere in the US, they have two options. They can book directly with homeowners and local property management companies, or they can go through a third-party site like Airbnb, TripAdviser.com and Booking.com and pay more. While the latter is certainly a common route, experienced and savvy travelers are likely to avoid it.

Here are five reasons travelers ditch the big online travel agencies and book direct using the websites listed at ItsCabinTime.com

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  1. Best Price Guaranteed

Third-party booking sites add a high percentage of service fees to the reservation total. A service fee of 20 percent on a $1500 weekly stay is 300 bucks; money that is better spent on a nice meal and a local adventure like ziplining, or shopping in the town you’re staying in. Why pay more for the exact same vacation rental found on book direct websites like RentTennesseeCabins.com.

  1. No Surprises

When you book direct, there are no surprises—hidden fees or otherwise. (You can rest easy knowing your personal information will not be sucked up into the wide world of data mining and aggressive targeted marketing.)

  1. More Flexibility 

We’ve all experienced minor bumps in our travel plans that forced us to modify our trips. Unfortunately, most booking sites are not understanding. The real people interacting with you when you book direct at RentWisconsinCabins.com offer tailored pre- and post-stay communication to ensure you still have a great vacation and return next year.

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  1. Exclusive Options

Did you know that many of the best vacation rentals are not listed on the major sites? Listing on a major site costs money that many homeowners do not want or need to spend. Don’t miss out on these Michigan cabin and cottage hidden gems! 

  1. Better Customer Service

Do you have any questions about the property or the area that aren’t already addressed on the website? When you book direct, you get personalized answers and genuine human interaction. No one can give you better trip advice than local experts. Interested in a remote vacation in Ely, MN? Connect with the rental owners at RentMinnesotaCabins.com

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Bottom line: For the best homes and the best experiences, #BookDirect.

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Thanks for supporting our growing family of state-specific, vacation rental websites where you can easily connect AND BOOK DIRECTLY with rental owners or local managers. Tell your family and friends you found a website without traveler fees!

A Unique Adirondacks Vacation Experience at Otter Creek Lodge

The Adirondacks in upstate New York are one of America’s oldest vacation destinations. Otter Creek Lodge, built under the pines on 100 private acres overlooking a small lake, carries on that tradition with a truly unique retreat experience abundant in natural beauty and quiet reflection.

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The lodge was crafted in 1990 in an old-fashioned style that pays homage to the original Adirondacks “great camps.” The location is nothing short of idyllic, with designated parklands that segue into a web of state trails accessible by foot as well as by bike, ski, horseback or snowmobile — hundreds of miles of scenic pathways that lead into and through the heart of the Adirondacks.

Otter Creek Lodge itself is a generous 8,000-square-foot vacation home with 12 bedrooms and 10 baths, providing comfortable accommodations for up to 24 guests. This location is ideal for large-group getaways such as class or family reunions, corporate retreats, club trips or wedding parties, offering plenty to do and see onsite and conveniently sheltered from distant neighbors and towns. The lodge is open during all seasons for private functions and overlooks 800 feat of lake frontage with a wide, sandy beach.

The interior of the lodge is decorated in the traditional Adirondack style with a light-colored wood paneling and simple furniture. Guests can relax in the open great room, settling into the leather sofas and armchairs gathered around the oversized stone hearth for a drink and a hearty conversation. The spacious social areas are complete with a wet bar, entertainment center and pool room, allowing large groups to spread out and mingle. The ground-level floor plan also includes two additional sitting rooms and a large screened-in porch with a stunning view of the private lake, an open-air deck, a commercial kitchen (there is a caterer on staff) and a dining room with elbow room for 24.

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Sleeping quarters at Otter Creek Lodge are designed to make the most of the bedrooms views and provide maximum privacy for guests. The upper-level guest rooms include two king suites, four queen suites, and a pair of rooms with a full bed in one side and two singles in the other adjoined by a shared bath. The main floor is home to adjoined rooms with two single beds in each and a shared bathroom; and the lower level has two queen bedrooms and a final full bath.

While the lodge itself is perfectly lovely, it’s really the location and grounds that draw visitors from all over to relax at the lake’s edge beneath the still trees and enjoy the fresh air of the famous Adirondacks. This unique 24-person lodge enjoys exclusive access to a 100-acre wood with a 20-acre lake and a clean, sandy swimming shore — the lodge even provides two complimentary canoes and a raft.

Possibly the biggest draw for visitors to Otter Creek Lodge is the property’s unique equestrian accommodations and vast trail system. The grounds are equipped with a stable that can house up to 18 visiting horses. Guests can stall their own mounts and enjoy access to 65 miles of scenic pathways on the adjacent Otter Creek Horse Trails system. These beautiful nature trails skirt the edge of the lake and lead past several other ponds and lakes for a truly unique and relaxing journey. Amateur botanists and wildflower enthusiasts will especially appreciate the unique ecosystem that thrives at the property’s Little Plunky Pond and the surrounding bog.

During your visit, make the most of the landscape by engaging in the local hunting and fishing scene — the Otter Creek Horse Trail System offers access to Cleveland Lake, Payne Lake, Little Otter Lake and Pitcher Pond — all of which are stocked each year with rainbow and brown trout by the state of New York. These fishing holes and the bass-filled nearby Parson’s Pond are low-traffic hotspots for landing the catch of the day. The lodge grounds also serve as seasonal private hunting grounds for whitetail deer, coyote, fox, pheasant and bear. Contact the lodge owners for information about licenses and guide services.

Other unique day trips in the area include the historic Almanzo Wilder House featured in the Little House on the Prairie book series; the Adirondack Museum of park history; and of course downtown Croghan, with its old-world nostalgia and unique shopping and dining experiences.

Everyone — and their horse — is having a great time this season at Otter Creek Lodge.

Contact the owners and start planning your stay!