Taking a large family on vacation can post problems when it comes to lodging. One solution would be to swap homes with other people. Hannah has already actually written something about this. An alternative to home swapping would be to look for vacation rental homes.
Vacation rentals are different from swapping homes because the former involves money. As the term implies, you merely rent out another person’s house for your vacation. The big advantage of renting a vacation home is that you get the most bang for your buck. Consider having 6-8 members in your family. Booking hotel rooms could prove to be a nightmare, both in terms of money and logistics. If you rent a vacation home, on the other hand, you would probably be able to get a better price for better quarters.
What is available in the market? Basically everything, really. You can rent out a villa by the beach in Bali, an apartment in Paris, a flat in London, a brownstone in New York, a farmhouse in Tuscany – name it you’ve got it.
What are the implications of renting a house/apartment for your vacation? Many – both good and bad. Aside from probably getting better prices for bigger families, you would be getting your own space with a lot of privacy, as compared to hotel rooms. On the other hand, vacation rentals are not all the same. Some have the basic amenities while others might not.
In short, renting a house for your vacation may be right for some families but not for others. In the next post, let’s take a look at some specifics that can help you decide whether vacation rentals are right for you or not.