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Have fun planning, give yourself peace of mind, and ensure your family gets their favorite vacation rental. These are among the reasons to book your next beach vacation early.

4 Reasons It’s Smart To Book Your Beach Vacation Early

There are many reasons to book your beach vacation to the Gulf Shores area early, not the least of which is giving yourself something extra special to look forward to.

It's so much easier to manage the tasks of the typical daily grind if you know you are looking forward to spending some downtime on the beach, right?

Here are our top reasons for booking your next beach vacation early.

The Planning Can Be As Much Fun As The Vacationing


According to a research study of more than 1,500 people, planning a trip can actually bring even more joy than remembering the trip afterward.

The mere anticipation of a vacation boosted happiness in participants for eight weeks before the trip.

“For most, the enjoyment starts weeks, even months, before the holiday actually begins, said authors of a study called “Applied Research in Quality of Life.”

Get A Bigger Selection Of Vacation Rentals To Choose From


The closer to your preferred vacation date you wait to book, the more difficult it can be to find the right property.

Say your group would like to stay in a beachfront house with a private pool in July. Well, those vacation rentals tend to book first not only because July is within the peak summer season for the beach but also because vacationers are able to book their favorite properties up to 24 months in advance. For some vacationers, this means booking their preferred property for the following year before they’ve even finished this year’s vacation!

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Or, say your family wants to stay within walking distance of the Annual National Shrimp Festival, held in October every year. The beach condos closest to the festival site book more than a year in advance because they are so popular.

To avoid having to reorganize family schedules or dash vacation expectations, it’s best to research and select your desired property. (Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About A Vacation Rental)

Here is our very best advice on the best booking timeframes for maximum selection:

No less than 9 months prior to your desired vacation date: Select properties with four or more bedrooms in which you plan to stay for a longer period of time, i.e., seven nights.

No less than 6 months prior to your desired vacation date: Select smaller properties, with three or fewer bedrooms, in which you plan to stay for a longer period of time, i.e., seven nights.

No less than 3 months prior to your desired vacation date: Select smaller properties, with three or fewer bedrooms, in which you plan to stay for a shorter period of time, i.e., three, four or five nights.


Use advanced search capabilities to find exactly the features and amenities your group wants. Or, our local, experienced, in-house vacation planners are available 24/7 by calling (866) 382-9635 to help match your family’s vacation rental priorities to the perfect property.

Relax, The Big Task Is Out Of The Way


Once you’ve made the best vacation rental selection and booked it, you can set about the really fun stuff—figuring out what activities your family might enjoy doing, planning where you’re going to eat dinner and imagining yourself already there.

Another way to deepen your sense of satisfaction and well-being is to protect the investment you make in your trip with an inexpensive vacation insurance policy.

No one wants to think about unexpected issues that could arise that would keep you from taking your well-deserved vacation. However, should something get in the way of your trip, travel protection insurance allows you to recover your vacation rental investment and have the ability to plan again. Travel protection insurance is designed to protect your investment, belongs and, most importantly, you and your family.

Meyer Vacation Rentals has partnered with Red Sky Travel Insurance to provide two different policies. The Sun Trip Preserver option provides cancellation and interruption services as well as emergency assistance and travel services, covering financial losses. This policy protects in the event of storm evacuations and family emergencies such as illness or death in the family.

Another option, called Cancel for Any Reason, is a benefit that allows cancellation up to 48 hours prior to departure for any reason to receive up to 75 percent trip reimbursement.

Learn More About Trip Insurance Here


Pay For Your Trip On Your Own Schedule


When you book your vacation early, you will have more time to pay for your reservation. In fact, consider the extra time and ability to set your own payment schedule a little like a “vacation layaway plan.”

At booking, you will make an initial reservation payment. If your arrival date is more than a year in advance, a non-refundable processing fee plus 10 percent of base rent is due at the time of reservation.

The remaining balance of the initial reservation payment is due one year from the date of your stay.

Payment in full at the time of reservation is required if arrival occurs within 30 days for properties with four or fewer bedrooms or 90 days for properties with five or more bedrooms.

Final payment—or the balance due after the initial reservation payment has been paid—is required 30 days prior to arrival for properties with four or fewer bedrooms and 90 days prior to arrival for properties with five or more bedrooms.

Online reservation payments can be made anytime at meyerRE.com/pay by entering your confirmation number and arrival date or by calling one of our 24/7 local vacation planners at (866) 382-9635.

See Frequently Asked Questions Here


With so many benefits to booking vacations early, don’t wait another minute to get started. Book your vacation stay to Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan, Orange Beach or Perdido Key today.
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