This is a collaborative post with World Escape, but all opinions are at the sole discretion of the Pure Wander staff.
A tried and true hotel chain may be your go-to when choosing places to stay for family vacations, but that would be such a shame to limit yourself! These days, the web offers a wide range of possibility for rented apartments, homes and independent accommodations worldwide. These options can often save you money and headaches over lack of space, kitchen access or location quarrels. Consider both sides when checking out where your family will call home base on your next getaway.
Pro: Destination Authenticity
We do love a solid hotel pick that is reputable and has a global reputation. However, we prefer immersing in a destination, which often does not include whitewashed hotel walls and generic décor. Instead, choosing a rented apartment or home gives your family the chance to travel authentically and stay in a local environment. The neighborhoods where these homes can be off the main tourist drag too, providing not only real experiences but a real atmosphere too.
Pro: Travel on the Cheap
It can be tough to negotiate a fee at a hotel, but rates directly from renters are often flexible. You have the chance to contact several people, get quotes and choose what works best for your family. Seasonal and space variables also can be factors in fluctuating costs. Not to mention, apartments and home often run cheaper than two standard hotel rooms.
Pro: Spread Out in Style
You have a brood of six and you’re wondering how to cram into one hotel room. Seems a little impossible, right? That’s why we especially dig rentable apartments and homes when traveling with larger groups. It’s simpler to keep everyone under one roof and accounted for. Bedrooms and space can be separate, but this can be especially great for families wanting to try some trips with little ones and are worried about splitting up hotel rooms. Also, those hotel suites that can accommodate more people are nice, but often come with pricey perks that most families don’t need.
Con: Potential Unreliability
Crews with kids sometimes will hesitate at the thought of renting a vacation home. The idea of no room service, housekeeping or concierge is unpleasant. Some also worry the reservation will fall through and they could be left stranded. Fortunately, there’s not plenty of fail safes in place, such as money back guarantees and certified renters. But those stereotypes still hold true for many and are hard to overcome.
Where to Rent Holiday Homes Online
Feel free to Google any number of websites that offer a liaison between you and the home renter. When trying this for the first few times, choose hosts that have great reviews and a steady reputation. Know the golden rule, “if it’s too cheap, it’s too good to be true”.
One fantastic option is World Escape. They have excellent 24-hour customer service, ties to Trip Advisor and a giant list of great urban and rural stays. Families can book for a long weekend or a month, it’s up to the group when and where to travel.
Have you used a vacation home rental before? Do you prefer hotels or rented apartments and houses?