- Lots of room! Self-explanatory, generally any cottage, small house, mansion - you name it, is a lot roomier than a hotel room.
- Self-catering. For a weekend getaway with your spouse, you want to eat out and get some rest from cooking. But when kids tag along, it can get pricey and inconvenient to eat out. We brought all of our own, healthy food, saved a lot of money. We cooked simple, quick meals and didn't have to get in the car and drag the kids to eat out several times a day.
- Expenses may be split. If you have another family that you would feel comfortable spending vacation with, this is a great way to get a nice rental and split the price in half. You may be able to afford a much roomier and luxurious place than if you went alone. For example, a two bedroom, somewhat outdated rental may cost $800 a week, but a much nicer four bedroom, perhaps closer to the lake or ocean may be $1,200 per week - if split, each family spends only $600 for a better vacation spot. But be very careful considering who you would want to spend a week with!
- Feels like home! Though there is no place like home, a vacation rental comes pretty close. You don't have the confines of a hotel room. There is a large fridge for all your kids snacks (that they demand it seems every-three-minutes). Outdoor space is just as important as indoors, with patios, decks, terraces, and lawns for the family to enjoy.
- Much more kid friendly. It always seems like the walls are paper thin in hotel rooms, you can almost hear your neighbor's every word. In a vacation rental you wouldn't have to worry about your infant teething and screaming half the night or rowdy folks next door that may leave you and your kids sleep deprived. It's just plain kid friendly for all of the reasons mentioned above as well.
- Meet the locals! Your vacation rental owner probably knows a lot more about the area and can give you genuine advice on places to eat, places for a swim, and area attractiosn. It also feels a lot more like 'being one of the locals' instead of being a tourist, as I like to call myself a 'traveler' instead of 'tourist'.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
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Anastasia is a mom of two who loves to spend time with her family, travel, homeschool, read, and run her photography business. She is a life-long learner and small business owner who loves to share her parenting experiences with others. She resides with her family north of Boston.