• Wendy Bixby

5 Reasons To Ditch The Generic Hotel— And Rent a Vacation Home Instead

So, you want to get away. See the sites. Create lasting memories. Relax and re-charge. Sweet.

First things first— book the plane tickets. Next, book a tiny, expensive room at some huge, bland hotel. Hope that you can find two rooms close together. Cross your fingers that they might even be adjoining. Wonder if there will be more than stale pastry and lukewarm coffee at the morning buffet. Pray that your room isn’t next to the elevator or even worse— the ice machine.

But wait— what if we told you there was another way? A way to make your trip more relaxing, more private, less expensive, and less stressful? Who wouldn’t want that?

There is a way to do all those things.

Instead of going with the standard hotel chain, book a vacation rental home instead.

Here are 5 reasons why staying in one of our vacation rentals is the only way to go.

1. Budget-Friendly

At first glance, you may think there is no way you can afford a home over a hotel. We’re here to tell you that per square foot, vacation homes are almost always more affordable than hotel rooms. Consider the fact that the average hotel room is a measly 325 square feet while the average vacation rental home is 1,300 square feet. Even better— travel with a group of friends or family and split the cost for savings that add up quickly.

Keep in mind that your vacation rental has a full-sized kitchen so you aren’t forced to eat out for three meals a day. That’s a big chunk of change that’s staying in your pocket.

And don’t fluffy, freshly-flipped pancakes always taste better when everyone is wearing pajamas?

2. Super-Flexible

When staying at a hotel, you have no choice but to conform to the hotel’s schedule for housekeeping, maintenance, meals, pool hours and fitness facilities.

Renting a vacation home means getting out of bed whenever you feel like it. Afternoon naps and midnight snacks. No limits on happy hour. A dip in the pool at sunrise. Feel free to do what you want, whenever you want to do it.

3. Comfy & Homey

Our vacation homes are just that— homes. There’s no scratchy, industrial-grade carpet or teeny, single-serving coffee maker in our homes.

In your vacation rental, you'll find full-sized appliances, laundry facilities, pots and pans, multiple bathrooms, dishes, blankets, linens, books, and board games. These small touches can make your stay significantly more comfortable and relaxing, particularly if you’re traveling with children.

4. Privacy & Peace

For traveler’s who value tranquility, a typical hotel room can be a nightmare. Thin walls. Elevator and vending machine noise. Banging doors. Maintenance workers and housekeepers coming and going. A crowded pool. A loud, packed restaurant. Ugh.

These sources of stress simply don’t exist in a vacation rental home.

5. Live like a local

For a truly unique vacay, a home rental will give you that coveted “local” feeling.

Relax on your front porch and chat with the neighbors. Visit the local mom & pop grocery store and stock up on supplies. Rent bikes and peddle around town. Take a stroll down your street. Chat with new friends at the neighborhood watering hole and get to know the best places to eat— and maybe some juicy local gossip too.

These types of distinctive experiences simply don't happen when you're staying at a generic hotel.

One More Thing

When choosing your home rental, consider booking directly with a vacation rental management company.

Online booking platforms like VRBO and Airbnb add extra, hidden fees to your reservation and are generally not located in the area you will be traveling to.

By working directly with a local agency you will get personalized service and local insider knowledge before you even arrive. Local agents have first-hand knowledge of the area and the different options available and can help you choose the home that is perfect for you.

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