Staying in hotels during a vacation is the usual way of doing things but truth is, if you have seen one hotel room, you have seen them all. There is another option when it comes to vacation accommodations though - and it involves saving money, having more space, and trying something different.
The answer? Vacation rental because renting a home can often be less expensive or similarly priced to staying in a hotel, but you get SO much more in a home. And if you are travelling with the kids, here are some more reasons why vacation rentals can be better than hotels for family vacations:
1. A separate room for the kids
This is the NUMBER ONE reason why vacation rentals appeal so much to me. Just so that everyone gets a good night's sleep. Booking a single hotel room would mean all 5 of us being crammed onto a double bed or if we are lucky, plus an extra bed. Booking two hotel rooms would break the bank. Booking an apartment or house with two rooms however, would mean having extra space for everyone at a cheaper cost.
|3-bedroom apartment, Ueno, Tokyo|
2. Space, space, and more space
Admit it, who has let their kids run loose along the hotel corridors because they are desperate for them to expend some energy? A vacation rental home means having more space for kids to run around and play, instead of being cooped up together in a single hotel room and have them bouncing off the walls.
|Grand Pool Villa, Rawai, Phuket|
Not having to deal with noisy guests at 2am or even having to scramble for seats at the buffet breakfast restaurant. Need I say more? Going on a vacation means I am looking to relax from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get far away from the crowds, and a vacation rental property ticks off that box.
|Jaspers Cottage, Blue Mountains, Australia|
4. Cook, Eat, Repeat
One of the advantages of a vacation rental is the added convenience of having your own kitchen. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and even supper are all at one's fingertips, which makes preparing meals for the family a breeze. Plus, it definitely saves more money!
|Cultural House, Taipei|
5. Live like a local
When you stay in a hotel you never really get the essence of a destination. When you are in a home, you really feel like a local - from shopping for food in the local market to meeting the neighbours. A home can open your eyes to a whole new world of experiences. And you can even choose to book a home waking up to a view like this. Wowsers.
|Beach Club, Bali|
6. So much more than just a room with a view
But having a splendid view is just one facet of the vacation. Having the chance to stay in a home with a unique character builds up those holiday memories. Say goodbye to sterile, carbon-copy hotel rooms and choose a place with personality!
|Luxurious River View House, Seoul|
7. Longer stays
Staying at hotels for more than a week can get expensive really fast. A vacation rental can deliver a lot of value for longer stays at a competitive price per night. Great excuse to extend that holiday, if you ask me.
|3-Bedroom Villa, Auckland|
But I know what you are thinking. The rental process can be daunting - where to look for a vacation rental, how to find the right property, will it look like the photos when you get there?
Guess what? Booking a home is easier than you think, and the result is going to be better than you imagined it to be. Because with HomeAway, you get a rental from the world's largest selection of vacation rentals with more than 1.2 million listings.
Part of Expedia family, HomeAway believes that vacation rentals let you enjoy a whole vacation experience like no other accommodation type - it provides space and privacy to truly bond with your loved ones and create lasting memories.
Booking is entirely free to use - there are no registration fees - and payments for bookings are made through a secure online payment system, meaning that rental home for your next vacation can be booked in a fuss-free manner! So whether you are looking for an apartment in the heart of the city, a whole house or even a mansion (!), there is something for everyone and every budget.
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