I have long been a proponent of booking a condo for a family
vacation. I like the access to a fully-stocked kitchen to save
money on at least a few meals and what parent doesn't like having a
separate bedroom on a vacation?
But Alex Risser, president of the Vacation Rental
Managers Association, has a few other reasons why renting a condo
or house rather than a hotel room makes sense for families:
- AVOID AIRLINE BAGGAGE FEES: Most vacation rentals
come equipped with washers and dryers, and vacation
rental managers often provide free laundry detergent and bath
amenities. That means less baggage to drag through the airport and
fewer checked baggage fees to pay.
- USE SPACE TO YOUR ADVANTAGE: Vacation homes and condos can be
from 400 to more than 10,000 sq. ft., often costing less than a
single hotel room. Rates for some three-bedroom vacation rentals
may start at just $69 per night, but sleep up to eight guests
versus cramming everyone into a small hotel room.
- SAVE ON DINING OUT: With full kitchens, and sometimes, outdoor
grills, travelers can make and store meals and snacks for less. Use
local ingredients and recipes for more memorable mealtimes. This
also provides healthy travel options, cutting the amount of
calories typically consumed on vacation.
- ENTERTAIN FOR FREE: You can find vacation homes, villa rentals
and condos with private swimming pools, whirlpool spas, game rooms,
fireplaces, DVD players, Internet access and free movie and video
game rentals. Many are in communities with access to fitness
centers, hiking trails, parks, beaches and more.
Cindy Richards is the travel writer for Chicago Parent and the
editor of TravelingMom.com.
Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with kids in tow. She also writes for TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor.
See more of Cindy's stories here.
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