Even though vacationers are likely to spend much of their time outside exploring their surroundings, evenings and rainy days may be spent indoors, meaning technology inside should be as modern as possible.
Sasser recommended transitioning to Smart TVs to allow guests to stream music, movies and TV shows; browse the Internet; and view photos. “A lot of people want to binge watch their favorite shows on vacation, especially if it’s raining outside and they are looking for something to do,” she said. “And most people these days have already cut their cable cord, so Smart TVs are big.”
High-speed Internet is another must for modern travelers. “All of the properties we manage have Wi-Fi, but homeowners should purchase the fastest Internet speed possible. In a condo, where the Internet is managed by the HOA, the condo owner might want to consider upgrading their plan to add more speed.”
Sasser also recommended adding a Wi-Fi extender (booster) in larger homes where Wi-Fi is powered by a single router. “This should assist in providing more complete Internet coverage in your home, allowing users to stream movies or play games without buffering.”
Faster Wi-Fi speeds will also make the property more conducive to staying connected to work if necessary.
Further adding convenience for those who must check in with work during their stay is a dedicated remote work-friendly space. “It should be a designated space, not the kitchen table, couch, breakfast bar or coffee table. Maybe a little desk with drawers that has charging stations. This space should allow guests to feel productive without giving them the sensation of invading others’ space while needing to work. I travel a lot for work and having those workspaces is important for me. When I check in and find there is a workspace like that, I am always delighted.”
Some vacation rental property owners are adding value to the guest experience with electric vehicle charging stations. “Many towns have very few places with car charging stations so for the drive-in traveler using an electric vehicle, this provides an extra measure of convenience,” Sasser said.