Renting a villa or chartering a boat in Europe or the Caribbean or going on an African safari in search of the Big Five may seem like complicated (or prohibitively expensive) Bucket List trips to plan —but they are actually more doable (and a better value) than you might think. Indagare's Director of Insider Journeys John Cantrell explains why—and offers his top tips on how to do any one of these trips right.
Renting a VillaBest for: Couples, families and friends traveling togetherA villa rental is especially ideal for laid-back travelers who want to feel like they’re more at home, no matter where they are. According to John Cantrell, Indagare’s Director of Insider Journeys and a long-time Trip Designer, a villa rental can offer great value if your trip can check at least these two boxes: you’re traveling with a group, say three or four couples or a multi-generational family trip, and you’re visiting an area with limited hotel options that are all luxury. “The price of renting a house on Mustique will likely be less expensive than spending a week at a five-star in Anguilla,” Cantrell says. Plus, at hotels you’ll pay a premium for everything from daily breakfast to private poolside cabana rentals. Villas are ideal because you have the privacy you want, which is especially favorable for families. As Cantrell says, “You can swim whenever you want to, or cook if the mood strikes.” That being said, villas also typically come with a manager or butler who can help arrange whatever you desire, whether it’s a private chef for dinner or guided excursions, and allow more flexibility on timing or a change of plans.How Indagare can help: To maximize on value, Cantrell advises traveling in the shoulder season or being flexible about locations, when booking in beach destinations.