Have you discovered vacation rentals yet? If you have never tried booking a vacation rental you are in for a pleasant surprise. The advantages of vacation rentals are many. Most of us who have experienced them will not go back to hotel living, except when needing one or two nights. Anything over two nights and two persons makes vacation rentals a great bet. Here’s Why …
What is a Vacation Rental?
We define a vacation rental as a private home, condo, flat, castle, villa, ranch, cottage, or cabin with a full-sized kitchen and yard space. A bed and breakfast is not a vacation rental. Crashing on a couch through “couch surfing” or renting a spare room through Air B n B is not a vacation rental. When you book a vacation rental, you are booking an entire place and the spot is yours to call home for a few days, weeks or months. From lakeside cottages, mountaintop cabins, and beachfront villas, to luxury townhouses, ski chalets, resort condominiums, and country farms; vacation rentals come in all shapes and sizes, locations and geographical settings. The following article covers the seven advantages of renting a vacation rental instead of a hotel.
1. ENJOY YOUR PRIVACY
I feel privacy is the best reason to book a vacation home instead of a hotel. Hotels typically are designed and built to accommodate masses of people. People are coming and going all hours of the day and night; and if not on the top floor, you may hear people walking overhead, and children screeching in the pool, or babies crying all hours of the day and night. Additionally, you may be near a parking lot, and hear cars coming and going all night long..
2. KITCHEN AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
With vacation rentals you will have access to a kitchen; usually including pots and pans, dishes and silverware. You’ll be able to shop at the local food market and cook some or all of your meals to your liking. Most of us will go out to eat a time or two or more; but it is nice being able to make coffee and breakfast in the morning, or to whip up a snack when hungry. Your home cooked food will be healthier, and less expensive, as well as more convenient. When you do go out to eat, you’ll enjoy it as a special night out, and will make better restaurant choices because of not being desperately hungry.
3. SPACE AND COMMON AREAS
If vacationing with a large group, extended family, or a big clan, you can’t beat a vacation rental. You will have larger bedrooms, and will also enjoy the benefits of a living room, kitchen, backyard, and patio or terrace areas. These are places where people can congregate and visit in an environment of comfort and peace. Common areas can be used for educational purposes when traveling for work or training purposes.
While trying to accommodate an entire family or group in multiple hotel rooms, instead treat yourself to a large multi-bedroom home with a full size kitchen, fully furnished living room, spacious bathroom, and laundry facilities. The room cost per person can range from $25-$75 and a little more for super luxurious places. Added extras can include balconies, private patios and gardens, pools, playgrounds and beach access. Split the cost by traveling with larger groups. Perhaps this is why vacation rentals are popular choices for extended families, friends, parties, sports teams, and those planning company excursions. Whereas most hotel rates vary according to single or double occupancy, vacation rentals advertise a flat fee. It is only until you exceed the occupancy that the owner may charge an extra fee per person and it is usually minimal.
5. LIVE LIKE A LOCAL, PLAY LIKE A TOURIST
Your vacation experience will be different than staying in a hotel. Hotel rooms are designed mostly for sleeping, and not especially pleasant to hang around in. Therefore, when staying in a vacation rental you can actually live in the home. The pressure to go out and spend too much money to be entertained is much less while staying in a vacation rental. Many vacation rentals have pools, Jacuzzis or hot tubs, where people can relax and enjoy visiting together without spending massive amounts of money going out. When you do go out, it will be much more enjoyable as it is not so much an escape from a crowded hotel room, but rather a choice of something important to do. You’ll discover local parks, swimming holes, and attractions that are off the beaten path from where tourists typically visit. When visiting the high profile tourist attractions, you’ll be able to go home to a real home instead of a tiny hotel room. Living locally you’ll discover treasures that you would not normally find staying in the zoned areas of town.