Traditional hotels may cause headaches after trying to find the right place to stay when traveling with a toddler and extended family. Depending on how many are traveling, you might have to rent multiple rooms–or worse–cram into one room without enough personal space and quiet time for a toddler’s naps.
There are a few alternatives to staying at a hotel. You could try and book a room at a bed & breakfast, but they’re usually reserved for adults only, and it can be difficult to find a place that welcomes children. Also in many cases, B&Bs have been converted from residential homes, which means inconveniences like shared bathrooms and thin walls.
There’s a much better option that my family and I have taken advantage of during our travels. The next time you’re scheduling an upcoming family vacation: Rent a house. It will make your planning easier and your experience much more enjoyable! Here’s why:
Privacy is one of the biggest benefits of renting a home. The kids can share rooms, and parents and adults can have quiet retreats for themselves. You won’t have to worry about going to bed at different times and waking up your roommates, or losing sleep over your neighbor’s snoring.
More importantly, your kids can be kids. If you have a toddler, you know that their footsteps can sound heavier than your husband’s at times. When you rent a house, your kids can play and run around without the risk of disturbing the neighbors.
With your own house, you also gain access to private amenities. When you have your own pool, you can feel confident that your kids can enjoy it safely without being splashed by a group of teenagers on summer vacation. Many houses are also equipped with BBQs, hammocks, and ample parking – perks you wouldn’t get from a cramped hotel room. It’s much easier to roll luggage and strollers in and out of a private home than through a hotel’s elevators and maze of hallways! Plus, when a curious toddler spills something on their clothes—or your clothes!—a washing machine and dryer are ready and waiting. No need to coordinate with hotel staff or navigate to a Laundromat in a foreign place.
What about price? Some people think that renting a house is more expensive than a hotel, but that’s not usually the case. We used Vacation Rentals By Owner to find our home-away-from-home for trips to Naples, Florida, and even out of the country in Punta Mita, Mexico and Costa Rica. We’ll be using it again domestically for our trip to Northern California later this year.
Not only do we get great deals, but our access to a full kitchen allows us to enjoy family dinners together privately and save money instead of eating out for every meal. It’s easier to eat healthy this way – and try out some new ways to create nutritious cocktails.
If you’re in charge of planning your family’s next vacation, renting a house will ensures you get to relax and have just as much fun as your fellow travelers. Kick off your heel flops and enjoy!