A total of 68 per cent of the respondents to travel giant TripAdvisor said they had used a holiday home, which is in line with past studies, the company reports. Asked why they used homes instead of hotels, 55 per cent said they preferred the freedom offered by a home, while 17 per cent said they enjoyed the ability to save money by cooking at home.
Short-term rentals are a hot topic these days, with several municipalities moving to impose new regulations. If nothing else, the TripAdvisor report, based on a survey of 1,200 Spanish travelers, is a reminder that holiday homes are undoubtedly a fashionable option for travelers.
“The analysis that we developed for the fourth consecutive year underscores the popularity of vacation rentals for travelers,” TripAdvisor said in the report.
When choosing a holiday home, price is more important than ever, the survey found. A total of 87 per cent said price was the determining factor in their choice, an increase form past years, the company said.
“This year the price has become more important with respect to 2013,” TripAdvisor spokesperson Blanca Zayas told El Mundo.
The second most important factor was location at 85 per cent. But homeowners should note that 67 per cent said the availability of equipment such as air conditioning and a washing machine played a key role.