Vacation rental homes can often save you money, especially if you’re traveling with another family. You get your own space for cooking and sometimes even laundry. You have more space than a hotel room. But research the potential vacation rentals carefully to ensure it’s a fit for your family.
Consider the amount of space in the rental home. Of course it will have more space than a hotel room, but look at how that space is appointed. Is there a good place for your kids to sleep away from the main action? If you’re traveling with another family, are there enough places for both families to spread out? Is the bathroom easily accessible for your kids? These basic space questions are a good place to start.
The next consideration is the amenities available at the vacation rental. Look at both the house or condo itself and the other amenities on location, such as a pool, hot tub, tennis courts and playground. Within the unit, you might look for laundry so you can wash those dirty clothes your kids are likely to produce.
Have young kids? Safety is always a concern. A vacation rental home with one level eliminates the risk of a fall down the stairs. A balcony gives you a great view, but it puts your child at risk for a serious fall. A hot tub, pool or body of water near the rental is a drowning risk. If you choose a vacation rental with these features, use safety precautions to keep your child safe.
Proximity to Attractions
Your activity plans for the vacation also play a role in choosing your vacation rental. Kids often need a break during a day of sightseeing. If the house or condo you rent is near the attractions you plan to visit, you can easily swing back for a nap or rest. You can also save money by heading back to the rental for meals instead of eating at restaurants.
Research Before Renting
Choosing a vacation rental when traveling with kids takes a little more work. That work pays off when you find the perfect rental that is safe and entertaining for your youngest travelers.