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Many people want to escape the unruly demands of everyday life, without having to compromise the things they value most when vacationing. We came up with 5 compelling reasons why renting a vacation home over booking a hotel room might be the way to go when planning your next family vacation.

1. Space

Let’s be honest. There’s nothing exciting about being stuck in a 325 square foot hotel room with three screaming kids. A rental home offers enough space for everyone to be together and feel comfortable or spread out into their own rooms when family time is over. According to VRBO, an average vac...

It's a story of opportunity. Whether you're a homeowner, a property manager, a traveler or all of the above, you have the ability to participate in and influence a market that is growing right beneath our feet. Yes, it's a little bit wild west at the moment. And while there are certainly risks, the rewards are at least equally as promising.

 

At Safely, we're working to mitigate those risks and amplify the rewards -- for everyone. 

Andrew is on the road a lot. A lot a lot. Here, he shares his list of must-have travel items.


1 + 2 : A universal power adapter by Swiss company, Skross, and passport with extra pages and an unmarked electronic-shielded passport cover by Mori Luggage ensures Bate is ready to travel beyond U.S. borders on short notice.

3 + 4 : The electric toothbrush with USB adapter by Phillips and hair pomade is Bate’s secret to a quick transition from weary traveler to meeting-ready CEO after a quick SkyClub visit.

5 + 6 : Bose noise cancelling headphones and a Kindle help make bi-coastal and interna...

It’s good to share – or is it? The sharing economy is tipped to triple in size, with some sources predicting revenues will reach US$20 billion globally by 2020. Robin Gauldie, writing for the International Travel and Health Insurance Journal, finds out how the insurance industry might adapt to best protect those booking travel and accommodation via these increasingly popular channels.

Read the article in its entirety here
and find out what Andrew had to say below about the fact that more insurers are beginning to offer products that are specifically designed for both sides of the sharing...

“They got drunk and turned our house into a sweat lodge. They closed all the windows and doors and blocked them with towels to keep in the heat. Then they turned on the showers in all the bathrooms to full blast hot. Of course, the whole unit filled with steam which set off the smoke detectors. The fire department came. The place was trashed.”

Vacation renters can be a little like toddlers, you know? Their capacity to create havoc is almost beyond anyone’s ability to imagine. That’s where we come in. At Safely, we cover acts of renter chaos that may not occur to you when you hand over you...

You scoured vacation rental sites and reviews for weeks to find the right place for your upcoming getaway. The home listing said it’s “steps from the beach” and the rooms looked spacious and clean. You’ve paid in full and are ready to start relaxing only to arrive at the property to find a completely different image than the photos you’ve been gazing at for weeks. It’s not steps from the beach; it’s more like miles. And two of the rooms are more like closets. Now what?

 

In 2013, Phocuswright reported that Americans spent $23 billion on vacation rentals in 2012. Though the boom in the vaca...

VIX Verify, a global consumer on-boarding and identity verification solutions company, announces its selection of Atlanta’s Transaction Alley as the home for its “Americas” headquarters.

"VIX Verify data sources have global reach, and they possess a deep level of global knowledge regarding consumer identity verification, compliance regulations, and data privacy," said Andrew Bate, CEO of SafelyStay. SafelyStay adds trust and safety to the peer-to-peer sharing economy company beginning with the vacation rental industry. “It is critical that we validate guests to ensure host trustworthiness...

“They seemed like such nice guys. And then they played a round of golf – real golf – not the Wii version – in our living room. When we got home there was shattered glass everywhere and we had to replace two walls. Apparently, one guy had a pretty wicked slice in his swing.”

Safely does two things for homeowners and property managers. First, we run a background check on anyone staying in your home. And we provide a comprehensive insurance plan at an incredibly reasonable rate that sits in front of your primary homeowner’s insurance. Renting a property as a vacation home comes with a certai...

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