Everyone is blogging their Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, and I’m here to say, “Just take me away!” We’ve been in a particularly busy season here at the Yoder casa (more on that later) and I’m realizing just how much I desire less STUFF and more TIME.
Family memories and experiences are always TOPS on my list, so I compiled a list of six vacation rentals ya’ll can book that offer post-holiday relaxation. Maybe we should all stop the gift-giving and just go on vacation? I vote YES.
My criteria for picking these rentals was:
They had to fit my family of 5
The price had to be reasonable. I think the most expensive one is $215/night- not bad considering all have at least 2 bedrooms.
(Some of these would not be ideal to visit January-March, but that’s ok, just having something to look forward to will get me through the dark days of Ohio winters.)
2. Lake Louise and the Canadian Rockies really proved to be magical. I’d love to go back with the entire family during summer so we could enjoy more of the hiking trails when it isn’t FREEZING. Grey Owl Lodge would be perfect.
3. We visited Sanibel Island for a day while in Florida last year, but I’d love to go back and have more time! This condo has a great view AND a great pool- the perfect combo for the post-holiday letdown.
4. Southern Arizona offers up some serious scenery, sunsets, and stargazing! Our friends just stayed at this home near Tuscon and I’m smitten by the desert at dusk.
5. Kauai has been on my Bucket List for ages. The mountain views from this “Garden Isle” condo are just what I want for Christmas (hint, hint, Santa!).
6. This home has been on my Airbnb Wish List for awhile. Located in the mountains of Virginia, the home looks out across the Shenandoah Valley. I’ll be in that rocker if you need me.
Any stand out to you? Maybe you’ve booked a vacation instead of giving traditional gifts? Maybe you’re ready to escape, too? I’d love to know!
If you’d love to travel with Airbnb- Here is MY LINK to get started!
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One of dramas when traveling with the kiddos is always- SPACE! Not only do you want to pack a portable highchair and a few toys, but staying in a typical hotel involves doing the creeping “Grinch walk” when you need to get to the bathroom.
How to cure this? By spreading out and renting a an apartment or vacation home for your family.
I think people have this misconception that it will be much more expensive to do this, but the reality is that when you have the space to spread out and a kitchen to actually cook (not just heat up leftovers or keep your Coke cold), you will save money in the long run. I feel the same way about paying a little more to stay in the city. By the time you pay for the metro or a cab to get where you need to go, you might as well spend the $50 a night to be centrally located.
These websites allow homeowners to post their vacation rentals. Usually numerous photos, along with bedding types and maps of the location, are available. VRBO seems to be better for places within the United States, while Airbnb has more listings for Canada and overseas.
Another helpful feature is being able to email the owner. When we rented a condo at the beach a few years back, I was able to send a quick email off to the owners when a hurricane threatened our beach. When researching accommodation for Asheville, NC-after confirming that our family would indeed fit in the rental, I was able to ask more fun questions like- how far is the drive to Chimney Rock?
We had a fantastic experience using Airbnb in Hobart, Tasmania. Our house was in a great location, and the view from the kitchen table was exquisite.
This one isn’t so cut and dry, but if you are looking to rent something like a beach house, this is typically the way to go. For example, our family has vacationed many times at Topsail Island in North Carolina. While there are some facilities listed on VRBO, most of these are handled by a local realty office that takes the reservation, manages the properties, and serves as the liaison between renter and owner. If you are traveling to the Outer Banks or another small area on the East Coast, before you do anything else try to Google something like, “Outer Banks Realty Rentals.”
Kid & Coe
A young company (established 2013), Kid & Coe offers apartment and home rentals all over the world that are geared toward families. Their website is beautiful and the marketing is lovely, but you also get what you pay for, as one of my favorite homes in London is 600 pounds per night! Ouch! However, unlike VRBO where you add a filter for “family-friendly” and hope for a pack-n-play or child gates, these vacation homes are really geared towards families! They have bunk beds and toys and games (oh my!).
Here is the “About” section of their website:
The team at Kid & Coe know what it’s like to travel with kids. We are our audience, the mothers and fathers who travel, and understand what makes family travel irresistible yet tricky. We are part of the social networks, play groups and industry organizations that affirm the need for our one-of-a-kind kid-friendly accommodation and resources. And we aim to provide a service that exceeds every family’s needs.
Founder Zoie Kingsbery Coe created Kid & Coe out of personal necessity. For years she had been traveling the world managing her husband’s music career, kids in tow, and saw that the hotel accommodations that suited a touring couple no longer fit the needs of her growing family. Zoie began seeking out kid-friendly property rentals that made her family feel at home wherever they were in the world. As increasing numbers of parents asked Zoie to share her travel expertise and property secrets, Kid & Coe was born. The US based company was established in early 2013, and is located in New York.
There are some options throughout the world that are more affordable, but be warned that if you have a bit of wanderlust combined with a heart for HGTV, you may never leave this website- it’s addicting!
Have you used any of these websites before? Which one have you had the best luck with? Or is there another way you find vacation rentals?
You can get started with Airbnb via my link HERE (at no cost to you)
**Disclaimer: I have not been compensated by any of these websites. This page may contain affiliate links.