If you're tired of living out of your suitcase, or feeling cramped in a hotel room, a vacation rental might be calling your name. Vacation rental homes, cabins and cottages offer a multitude of amenities and luxuries that you won't find in a hotel room - solving many problems you might encounter while traveling.
Plenty of space to enjoy in a rental — Photo courtesy of Heather On Her Travels
People do it. They say they don’t, but they do. And if you are the unlucky soul who is traveling with a snorer – and sharing a hotel room, you’re going to like this. Vacation Rentals offer multiple bedrooms. Yes, you are reading that right. You get one bedroom, and the human buzzsaw (or more politely, snorer) gets the other. Here’s to a good night's sleep.
Sometimes you just need it. You have your reasons. Be it a nap, be it a phone call, no matter, no need to explain. Having your own bedroom and multiple bathrooms makes privacy a given, and eliminates the need for that awkward “Um, I need to take this call in the hall...” conversation.
3. Help with your Kids
Bringing along vacation help is a wonderful thing...unless you are all crammed into one tiny hotel room. Then the help becomes, well, not as helpful. Vacation rentals come in multiple sizes, from studios and one bedrooms to sprawling four bedroom units, allowing for babysitters, grandparents, friends, etc. Space plus value makes this a no-brainer. Grandma gets her own room, and mom and dad get a helping hand, and if they are really lucky, a night out sans kiddos.
4. Over-Packing ... and Those Pesky Luggage Fees
Simple answer: washers & dryers are standard in vacation rentals. At its basic level this makes for less packing and lighter suitcases. Add in the peace of mind of knowing you can spill that fruity drink all your shirt and easily wash it out..oh wait, that was your toddler. Or was it? Well no matter, you have a washer and dryer.
5. The Cost of Dining Out
Vacation Rentals come with kitchens. These kitchens come stocked with all of your utensils, pots, pans, etc. You just supply the food. This makes for a significant savings, especially if you are traveling with a group. (And we know you were smart enough to bring along your in-laws) Breakfasts in, or family dinners around the table, they add up to smart savings, and some nice spent time together.
6. Eating on the Bed
We’ve all been there. Eating on the bed with plates in our laps and plastic forks. Doesn’t make for the most relaxing atmosphere...especially if you are traveling with children. You finally find a spot on the bed, balance the plate on a knee, and one of your kids has rolled over and spilled their drink. You jump and spill yours all over the spot where you were planning on sleeping. Cue Vacation Rental benefit: Dining room tables. Imagine that. Enjoy a meal with your family while sitting at a table together. Remember the last time you did that? Oh, don’t forget to make them turn off their electronic devices and actually talk to you.
7. Powdered Creamer
Does anyone even know what is in that stuff? Can’t be good for you. In your vacation rental you have a refrigerator. So go ahead, buy creamer and drink that second cup of coffee. Or third. It’s your vacation.
8. Lack of Fresh Air
Fresh air is not always found when staying at a hotel. Balconies, terraces, patios, and space, those ARE found at a vacation rental resort. In fact, many of them have grills spaced along the property, so bring your chicken, your steak, and whatever food puts you in mind to relax and enjoy these fleeting moments of family vacation-dom.
9. Early Risers
Nothing like rolling over to see your perky traveling companion up and at ‘em at the crack of dawn. You groan as they fumble around trying NOT to wake you as they attempt to figure out that one person coffee pot. It is likely too dark to see, so there go those curtains. Upsy Daisy! This does not happen in a vacation rental. They either have their own room so you are oblivious to their early morning routine, or, if you are sharing a room, you can just kick them to the kitchen and get back to sleep.
10. TV Wars
Like me, you may be an adult who can enjoy a good episode of Gumball (Courtesy of Cartoon Network). One episode. Not three, or four. Or maybe your traveling companion decides they want to watch Titanic, just one more time to make sure the ending didn’t change. Well today is your lucky day. Vacation rentals come equipped with TVs in every bedroom, and one in the living room. Now, should you be stuck inside on a rainy day, no worries, no battles to see who survives the iceberg.
11. Busy, Busy, Kids
These kids of mine, they just can’t stay still. This endless energy when contained in a small hotel room can be a recipe for disaster. Jumping on the beds, or from bed to bed is only the beginning. It isn’t long before the situation devolves into crying, a bumped head, a fall off the bed, an argument, etc. Space is only one of the perks of a vacation rental. Add in playgrounds, tennis courts, pools, activity centers, arcades, arts and crafts, and more. Fun added and busy body problem solved.
12. Busy Vacation Syndrome
I often hear people say “I need a vacation after my vacation.” Makes sense, if they are racing around park to park, place to place, counting their kids and trying to ensure EVERYONE HAS FUN ON THIS TRIP. It could be that your family just needs some time to relax and be together. No shows, no lines, no overpriced, under-enjoyed forced fun. Vacation rentals give families the space to relax together, to play a board game at the table, to tell stories of the last time you all came together, to make that popcorn and watch a movie, to have dad’s famous chocolate chip pancakes, or to just chill- out. Imagine that.