Looking to book a holiday?
Well get in quick, because you're not the only one.
With COVID-19 running rampant throughout the world, businesses and holiday destinations took a hit at the peak of the pandemic.
However, things improved as 2020 progressed and many looked to get away.
With the holiday season now winding down, people trying to avoid the crowds and looking for a more isolated getaway may want to think quickly about booking for 2021.
Holiday Rental Specialists, Rebecca Cribbin said Southern Highland holiday homes had "doubled" in bookings and people looking to holiday in 2021 needed to get in quickly.
"The Southern Highlands did much better than expected and much better than before," Ms Cribbin said.
"We are probably at double the amount of nights booked than we were last year.
"People have got out and supported regional areas."
There are several COVID-19 safety rules holiday rental properties have to enforce. These can be difficult, but with everyone doing their best to understand, it can be a smooth process.
"The difficulties can be in the short turnaround times," Ms Cribbin said.
"It was 11am check in, checkout 3pm. Now it's check in at 4pm checkout at 10am to give us a two hour turnaround gap.
"This is to prepare the properties and keep the next guests safe from COVID.
"Laundry processes have been changed, it takes extra time and costs. We are able to do this, but we need time and patience.
"We have seen some backlash from a small percentage of guests about the shortened times, but we have been forced to make this change for safety reasons.
"Most guests are polite and kind. Hopefully this explains why these changes have occurred."
If you're looking to get away in 2021, book in quickly because holiday homes are filling up fast.
"If you're looking to get away, book early," Ms Cribbin said.
"Get in and make your bookings. I would also encourage people to book directly.
"You will save up to 22 per cent by booking this way.
"It will help you if you can find the owner and go through them.
"Booking websites can charge an arm and a leg and can also be difficult to find someone to talk to if something goes wrong.
"Go straight through an owner and talk to them directly and save yourself some money."
February 3, 2021 will be #bookdirectday. It's a campaign aimed at helping property owners.
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