Why Stay at a Vacation Rental home

Why Stay at a Vacation Rental home


If you are like me, I am always planning my next vacation at any given point in the year. I do a lot of research to find the perfect destination for that time of year, and what my family and I can do together that we will all enjoy. I have stayed at many different types of accomodations through my travels including resorts, hotels, motels, vacation rentals, boats, and even tents. I know I am partial, but I truly do love staying at vacation rental homes. A perfect example of our most recent stay at one was in Baton Rouge, LA this past fall. We rented a condo, that was privately owened, for the weekend during an LSU Game. This condo was beautifully decorated with LSU colors and a tiger theme and had just enough room for my husband and myself, our 8 month old son, and my mother. We were steps away from the stadium and we loved every bit of it. We were allowed the flexibility to walk to the tailgates, take a break and walk back to the condo when we wanted to. Vacation rental homes are extremely convneient for us, while traveling as a family, offering extra space and ammenties making traveling easier for us. 

According to Independenttraveler.com, Vacation rental homes are gaining popularity, not just for family vacations at the beach but among independent travelers as well. For families, a vacation rental is an easy way to get more bang for your buck -- a rental home will almost always yield more space at a lower price than a hotel room. If you're a tourist who wants to feel like a local on your next trip abroad, a rental can help you do just that. And if you're looking to make fantasy into reality, renting could be your chance to discover what it really feels like to live in an oceanfront villa in Key West, Fl. 

What You'll Gain: In most cases you'll have more space, more privacy and more money in your pocket when you choose a vacation rental rather than a hotel. You'll also most likely have access to a kitchen and washer/dryer. 

Families and Groups: Vacation rentals are an economical, practical option for families and large groups who would otherwise have to pay for more than one hotel room. Sharing a house lets you strike a compromise between togetherness and privacy; you can enjoy family meals together in the communal kitchen, but you'll also have enough space for everyone to come and go as they please. Parents will appreciate not having to get the kids dressed to go down to breakfast in a hotel restaurant -- in your own kitchen, PJ's are perfectly acceptable!

Destination Weddings: Getting married far from home? You can often keep costs down by having guests share a vacation home (or several) rather than paying for a large block of hotel rooms. And a rental villa of your own makes a secluded, romantic spot for your honeymoon after all the guests have gone home.

Living Like a Local: Many travelers seeking to blend into the local culture of a new destination choose to rent an apartment or house because these are often located in residential neighborhoods. Being based there, instead of a hotel in a more touristy area of town, allows you to shop in the neighborhood stores, hang out in the local cafes and get to know your neighbors.

If you really want to feel like a local, this is the way to go. Be sure to speak with the owner before you arrive to get insider tips on where to eat and what to do in the neighborhood.

Living Like a Millionaire: At the opposite end of the spectrum, maybe you'd rather live large than live like a local -- and there are vacation rentals for that too.