How to Chose A Vacation Rental For Your Next Vacation

Ahhh….. You have managed to save the funds, and take the time off of work to bring the family on the best family vacation. Around the kitchen table, you’ve voted on a destination together, and chosen the highly anticipated dates of travel. Everyone’s excited! Now, the hard part. Finding an affordable homeaway from home. Where will you house your family on your travels? The options are plentiful, and don’t always have to include expensive hotel stays. Aside from airfare, hotel and housing is usually the next biggest expense, sometimes costing a couple of hundred dollars a night. With a little research, you should be able to choose something that suits your personal needs and budget, whether it be a beach house rental, a Disney villa rental, or an enticing AirBnB location the kids will love. If you know where to look, you can find a convenient place for under $100 a night.

Here are a list of our favorite home-away-from-home hotel alternatives:

AirBnB is the Uber or Ebay of travel. It’s the website that brings private rentals to those seeking hotel alternatives, and is the perfect holiday rental for anyone who is looking for a cost efficient and convenient method for their sleeping accommodations . It started when two people set up air mattresses in their living room for travelers, and then cooked them breakfast in the morning, thus the name “Airbed and breakfast.” It is now available in over 190 countries and over 34,000 cities worldwide, hosting over 2.5 million vacation rentals by owner.

Beach House Rentals. Does your dream vacation include some much needed relaxing beach time, but a five star beach resort just doesn’t make the vacation budget? Believe it or not, there are holiday houses to rent that could provide your family with beach side memories to last a lifetime, with the freedom the kids need outside of a sometimes restricting hotel grounds. You can find many choices, from oceanfront villas to intimate beach-side cottages.Most beach house vacation rentals include a great selection of amenities from private and beach club pools to  hot tubs, jacuzzis, tennis courts, and playgrounds.

Timeshare Rentals. If you find yourself returning to the same vacation spot frequently, you may want to consider purchasing a timeshare. Sometimes called a vacation ownership, these accommodations usually consist of condominium units where multiple parties hold the rights to the use of the property, with each owner having an allotted time frame. With the changing needs of vacationers, timeshare ownership has become a very popular form of vacation rental over the conventional and often extremely expensive resorts, hotels, and motels.

Vacation Rentals. In this genre, you can find homes, apartments, villas, and cabins that offer affordable lodging pretty much anywhere. They will usually be more spacious than hotel rooms, definitely less expensive, and offer you a kitchen to cook some meals in. This a great option if you have a larger family or are traveling with additional families, and want to get some good quality family time in together.

With the Internet and all the information now available to us at our fingertips, traveling can be creative and personalized to fit each family’s needs. You don’t need to find a hotel in the vicinity in which you’ll be vacationing. You can find an available private rental  home that gives you the privacy, perfect location, kitchen facilities, and that homeaway from home feeling. Most importantly, private rentals and alternate accommodations usually are extremely cost efficient.

Angela Christu
Angela Christu

ngela is the proud mother of three awesome children passionate about her family, community health, and empowering moms to succeed in both motherhood and business. With her Greek heritage and Floridian/Bohemian laid back view on life, she's been able to live outside the box providing a multitude of insights to her readers. Follow her blog at

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