SOURCE: PickPackGo

October 15, 2007 09:00 ET

Start Planning Now to Make Your Winter Getaways More Memorable and More Affordable Says PickPackGo

Suggested Destinations and Tips From Vacation Rental Search Site Help Travelers Extend Their Winter Vacation Dollars

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - October 15, 2007) - As temperatures around the U.S. begin dropping, now is the time to start planning your winter vacation travel according to PickPackGo, a new website for travelers to easily find, compare and rent vacation homes. Travelers searching for accommodations now will find the widest variety of choices near the winter activities they enjoy most -- whether that's skiing, golfing or visiting a family vacation destination, such as Walt Disney World®. Travelers can visit to start planning a winter getaway today.

According to a recent Harris Poll*, just over half (54 percent) of U.S. adults had taken or planned to take a summer vacation this year. "That's not surprising," says Karen Landwehr, PickPackGo's vice president of vacations, who believes the definition of vacation is evolving to accommodate our busier, always-connected lives.

"What people consider a vacation has changed dramatically over the last decade. Going somewhere for a weekend and disconnecting from everyday life is now considered a vacation to many travelers," said Landwehr. "Although vacations may not be as popular -- or as long -- as they once were, it doesn't mean they aren't important to us. It just means that we need to make the shorter getaways we do take more relaxing and more memorable."

One way to start creating those memories is by passing on cramped and overpriced hotel rooms in favor of shared experiences with extended family and friends in a vacation rental home. With many vacation home vacancies around 66 percent for non-holiday periods, travelers can now affordably rent a single-family home with HDTV, a private pool or hot tub and a host of other relaxing amenities. In Orlando, Fla., for example, travelers can choose a four bedroom, three bathroom home for $1,200 per week over resorts that charge in excess of $2,000 per week.

Looking for powder? Try Colorado or Lake Tahoe.

Although the calendar says winter officially begins December 22, many ski resorts in Lake Tahoe, Calif., as well as Breckenridge, Aspen and Snowmass, Colorado, open before Thanksgiving. Ask your rental home's property manager about discount lift tickets to stretch your vacation dollars into more mountain getaways this year.

Seeking sunshine? Try Orlando, Destin or South Padre Island.

For the best deals in Florida, reserve lodging in the first two weeks of November and early December. Visit Orlando, Fla. to enjoy holiday displays at local theme parks and attractions. Book in the first two months of the New Year to experience more privacy and typically lower seasonal rates in beach communities bordering the Gulf of Mexico, such as Destin, Fla. and South Padre Island, Texas.

Ready for a round of golf? Try Palm Springs or Scottsdale.

With hundreds of championship courses and mild temperatures, the desert southwest cities of Palm Springs, Calif. and Scottsdale, Ariz. offer golfers a plethora of choices. Rent a vacation home right on the links and don't forget to ask the property manager about tee times.

How about some adventure? Try the Great Smoky Mountains.

Nature never closes. Bundle up, strap on the hiking boots and enjoy our National Parks without the crowds. Enjoy the vistas in Gatlinburg, Tenn. or Sevierville, Tenn., then relax in a private cabin's hot tub or play pool in the game room.

PickPackGo reduces the stress of vacation planning

For travelers seeking memorable getaways with all of the comforts of home, PickPackGo makes it easy to find and compare detailed listings, inquire about properties available for specific travel dates and rent the right vacation home at the right price.

Travelers can take advantage of PickPackGo's smart search to select from the wide variety of vacation rentals or they can browse properties by state, country or island. They can narrow queries by travel dates, maps, locations, amenities, and more to see the most relevant results. When they find a home, condo or villa they like, travelers simply save it in their favorites to easily compare it with others.

In addition, renters can ask a PickPackGo City Host to answer a specific question about popular vacation destinations including Northern California, Lake Tahoe, Colorado, the Hawaiian Islands, New York City and greater Orlando.

Travelers interested in renting a vacation home through PickPackGo view estimated charges for specific travel dates and submit inquiries and rental requests securely online. Those who rent a property through PickPackGo gain additional peace of mind with the PickPackGo Security Blanket™ Guarantee.

About PickPackGo

PickPackGo is changing the way families vacation by connecting renters with property managers and homeowners to rent vacation homes. PickPackGo is an online search site dedicated solely to vacation properties. It provides a safe, easy to use and efficient way for travelers to easily find, compare and rent vacation homes. Every rental transaction processed by PickPackGo is protected by the Security Blanket™ Guarantee. PickPackGo is online at and headquartered in San Francisco.

* The Harris Poll® #66, July 10, 2007. "Just Over Half of Adults Plan to Take a Summer Vacation This Year." Harris Interactive Inc. All rights reserved.

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