This week we would like to bring you a special guest blog post by Claire Fischer, editor for FlipKey’s blog. Flipkey has 150,000 vacation rentals located in over 7,000 cities throughout the world, and you can now search them in Trovit’s international sites:
Family travelers are always searching for new ways to get the most value on vacation, and these days they are turning to vacation rentals as the ideal type of accommodations. According to the USTravel Association, 30% of travelers in the United States are considered family travelers: those traveling with either children or grandchildren. For these multi-generational groups, looking to save when they travel, websites like Trovit and FlipKey make it easy to find and book vacation homes in destinations around the world. Here are five reasons to book a self-catering house or apartment the next time you travel with your family:
1) More Space
When staying in a vacation rental you and your family can take advantage of an entire house instead of trying to cram into one or two hotel rooms. Many times, the price of a rental home will be the same or lower than the price of a standard room in a hotel with comparable amenities (check out the vacation rental calculator on TripAdvisor). Multiple rooms provide increased privacy for parents and make it easier to travel with fussy babies, light sleepers and cranky children because your family can spread out and relax. In a vacation rental, you are able to get your beauty rest without losing sleep over the cost. And that is if you are traveling with only a small family…
2) More People
If your family has more than four people, or if you are interested in traveling with a group of friends, then hotels can be an inconvenience on your plans and your wallet. You need to book multiple rooms at the hotel for everyone, and you need to make sure that those rooms are close enough together to keep an eye on the kids. Often, this kind of arrangement requires booking far in advance and results in extra fees for cots and extra guests. Vacation Rentals take the pressure off when traveling with a large family or a group of friends. There are rentals to accommodate groups of all sizes. And since cost is based on the whole home, the price per person is almost always lower in a vacation rental than in a hotel.
3) Pet Friendly
According to the US Travel Association, “18% of U.S. adult leisure travelers usually take their pets with them when they travel and over 49% of adult leisure travelers consider their pet to be a part of their family.” Few hotels allow pets to stay in their rooms, and the ones that do… you probably want to make sure they aren’t listed on TripAdvisor’s list of the 10 Dirtiest Hotels. Pet-friendly vacation rentals maintain a high standard of quality while still allowing your furry family members to stay with you and over 35,000 rentals on FlipKey allow you to do just that.
4) Feels like home
When you stay in a vacation rental, it feels like home. You get all the comforts of a house that a hotel just can’t compete with. Access to everyday amenities like a kitchen, grill, and DVD player make your stay more enjoyable, and you don’t have to worry about locking your valuables in a safe or dealing with obnoxious hotel guests (or screaming children) running down the halls at night. Plus, vacation rental owners love and care for their properties, and they often incorporate personal touches to make you feel like a visiting friend instead of just another hotel guest. Vacation Rentals offer the tranquility and comfort needed for a family vacation. You can even pick a rental that suits your family: baby proof? pool access? activities and games for children? You decide. There’s a Vacation Rental for everyone.
5) Low Cost
The final, bottom-line reason why vacation rentals are better than hotels for family travel is the price tag. As mentioned above, there are clear economic benefits for large groups and families staying in vacation homes due to the extra space and amenities. There are also additional savings beyond the hotel bill:
- Free Internet
- No Pet Sitter needed at home
- Access to family entertainment such as games and movies
- Eating meals in your rental instead of dining out for every meal
When staying in a hotel, unless you have requested a suite with a kitchen (which costs extra), you end up spending additional money on every meal you eat. In popular tourist destinations, restaurant prices are higher than average, and the expense can burn a hole in your wallet quicker than expected. Access to a fully equipped kitchen and proximity to local stores can help you save hundreds of dollars because you can cook your own meals and only occasionally go out for something special.
So there you have it: Five reasons to skip hotels and rent your accommodations on your next family vacation!
You can find more travel tips on the FlipKey Blog, and follow @flipkey on Twitter.