What is the next best thing to a vacation? How about a fun family vacation. Sure, all of us love to take vacations and go far away from the daily routine, right? Yet, when families go on holiday, the default method of lodging is typically a hotel.
Many are conveniently located, some are low maintenance, and even dirt cheap in some instances. But buyer beware, caveat emptor! You most certainly always get exactly what you pay for. We are not disputing the reality that hotels do provide a much-needed service, but why suffer in the mediocre conditions of a hotel when you can enjoy all the comforts of home in a vacation rental?
But good friend, you miss 100% of the vacations that you don’t take. Sure, I understand that perhaps staying away from the comfort of home can be exhausting and very uncomfortable. However, if you’re planning your family vacation, wherever you travel, make it your home.
It’s not surprising that for some traveling families, hotels aren’t always the best option. This is where vacation rentals come into the picture considering that many families prefer a home away from home. From everyone having their own room, to multiple bathrooms, to a kitchen for reducing costs or helping with special diet, extra living space for kids to play, outdoor areas, swimming pool and laundry facilities, there are many benefits of a vacation rental.
Not to mention they’re often more affordable than a hotel, especially when split with a group. So why rent a room when you can have the whole house? Hence, the growing popularity of vacation rentals.'Never Get So Busy Making a Living That You Forget to Make a Life.' ~ Dolly PartonClick To Tweet
They not only make your vacation more memorable and comfortable but also enable you to have as much fun as you want without having to care about your other needs. So, get more bang for your buck when planning your family vacation by staying in a vacation rental! Whether it is some much-needed family time, a romantic getaway or a corporate retreat, a vacation rental is always a better option than a hotel. Still not convinced?
Here are 7 reasons why staying in a vacation rental is so much better than a hotel:
1) Get More Bang For The Buck (Save Money)
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Most vacation rentals are a much more economical alternative when compared to a hotel. When there is no hotel concierge or security to pay for, cost cuts down by a large extent. A vacation rental can be as big or small as you like. You need to pay for the vacation rental for bedrooms only and you get to have the kitchen and other space around the house for a minimum cost.
Your family can also take advantage of family-friendly sleeping arrangements. Featuring multiple bedrooms, you can fit more people in a vacation rental when compared to a hotel room. Consequently, most vacation rentals are kid-friendly! This is certainly more appealing to families with multiple kids. Guests appreciate bunk beds or extra fold-out beds as options. Having a travel crib available is also a bonus for families with very young children.
2) Extra Living Space
Resorts and hotels may be beautiful and comfortable, but one thing they rarely offer is much space. You can rent a town-home or a single-family residence, which means everyone can have their own space and privacy. However, in a hotel, your family and or friends will be spread out among many rooms on different floors.
Now that your whole family can relax together, relish the vacation spirit as you’ve been rewarded with extra free living space. Watch movies together or play indoor games if you are tired of running around and revitalize your energies. Who can argue with more space to relax and get comfortable?
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3) Pack Less
Essentially, having easy access to onsite laundry facilities can save you time, money (no need for coins) and the convenience of packing less. However, not all vacation properties have washer and dryers, but most do. If a washer/dryer is important to you, be sure to confirm with the owner when booking your vacation to prevent your luggage from turning into expensive laundry hampers. This way you won’t have to carry too many bags with you and you will not have to pay for hotel laundry either.
4) Save Time
Since there are multiple bathrooms in a vacation rental, family members can save precious time rather than having to wait for the bathrooms to be free, making morning routines a little bit easier. This means that you can spend more time having fun instead of having to curse your relatives while they are in there!
5) Fully Equipped Kitchens
You can reduce your eating costs by as much as 71% when you dine in on your vacation. Most vacation rentals come with modern, fully equipped kitchens so you can eat fresh, healthy and less caloric foods even when you are away. Most travelers choose vacation rentals for the sake of kitchens alone.
Perhaps this may be the best benefit – the freedom to choose your own meals. You may also agree that many vacation budgets are ruined by having to dine out for every meal while you are on vacation. But with a vacation rental, you have a complete kitchen at your disposal. You can choose to have a nice meal out or pick up a few things from the grocery store and cook a delicious meal for your whole family while saving some cash.
You can create the memories you want to make! Morning tea, midnight snacks, romantic dinner. When you book a vacation rental, you control the agenda. You can cook whatever and do what you love. You choose how much to eat in or out.
6) Privacy & Modern Amenities
Going out and interacting with so many people around can sometimes become overwhelming. That’s when you need a break and may prefer more privacy. Hotels somehow fail to give you that privacy, so you can easily consider lodging in a vacation rental, many of which also feature kid-friendly entertainment, hot tub, private pools and balcony/patio.
Books, DVDs Lego blocks, puzzles and board games easily work into the living room shelves for your family’s enjoyment. Many private residences are also equipped with free Wi-Fi, depending on their location. Yet, in this day and age, it’s still difficult to comprehend why hotels continue to charge for Wi-Fi.
Vacation rentals present a very home-like atmosphere and you will be less prone to encounter homesickness. So, enjoy the privacy and solitude of your own space!
7) Pet Friendly
Hey, pets are family too. Many rental properties offer travelers the option of bringing their pet. And while there will probably be an additional nominal charge, it will certainly be much cheaper than boarding. Since you are the boss in a vacation rental, you get to decide who comes and who doesn’t! Allowing pets to move about freely in the rental helps to strengthen your friendly bond with your pet.
NOTE: Always inquire with the owner on their pet policies before booking your vacation.
Today, more than ever, people are extremely busy. If we could all learn to slow down a little, we may become healthier and happier individuals. At Funntripps, we believe that a vacation experience is not only about staying in a beautiful house or hotel, it is also about discovering the lifestyle of the inhabitants in the places you visit and understanding a different culture.
The activities we offer guests are intriguing… pottery, private cooking lessons and horseback riding. We think everyone should experience the freedom sensation that horseback riding brings you.
Yet, working with a local craftsman, or cooking a delicious Bahamian dish alongside a local chef, is the perfect way to have an authentic encounter and a long-lasting travel memory. Our goal is to present experiences that connect visitors with the true beauty, history and authenticity of The Islands of The Bahamas, putting them back in touch with nature and also with the discovery of the funner side which is in each of us.
We started this post by stating that “you miss 100% of the vacations that you don’t take.” So, please understand that time is one of our most prized possessions. If you lose time, you can never get it back again. You can’t buy it, rent it or borrow it. To care for our time is to care for ourselves because how we spend our time is how we spend our lives.
Our time is the most precious thing we have, and some day we’ll have no more of it. The Bahamas’ slow pace of life requires that you take your time… Yes, simply chill-out, relax, slow down, be yourself and enjoy island time!
Our Company remains passionate about the art of hospitality. That’s why we created Funntripps, featuring our Caribbean Playgrounds, beautiful vacation properties designed to help your family to live the maximized life. We love the idea of receiving guests in environments punctuated by our own creativity and innovation because we believe our properties truly provide the best experience for travelers.
And there you go! That’s one more benefit of a vacation rental, which is being able to give your family the experience of staying somewhere unique. A unique property adds to the vacation memories and can also fulfill dreams.
We are fully dedicated to playing our part in helping families and individuals make memories that will last forever! Life was meant to be lived… rich with culture, family, and adventures.
So, now you’re in the know and have gotten the local scoop. But the next time you take a vacation away from home, make sure that you stay in a vacation rental to ensure that your family getaway is more enjoyable!
Discover Grand Bahama Island
Getting There: Grand Bahama Island, situated to the north-east of New Providence Island (Nassau) is also one of the closest Bahamian islands to the Florida coastline.
This may be why its capital, Freeport, and Port Lucaya situated next door – which combined have created the main tourist area of Freeport/Lucaya – are more American in feel and style than other towns in The Islands of the Bahamas. Built for tropical fun, the area boasts wide tree-lined boulevards, top hotels, world-class shopping, superb beaches and a multitude of holiday activities.
Grand Bahama Island has its quiet, laid-back side too, however. Just outside Freeport/Lucaya is the Lucayan National Park, prehistoric caverns, quaint fishing villages, pine forests, deserted coves and mangrove flats on the northern shore and tiny offshore cays more reminiscent of a typical Bahamian Out Island.
It’s approximately 28 miles by road from Freeport to the West End of the islands and 60 miles to the East End making a day-tour by minibus or taxi an ideal way to get a feel for both sides of the Grand Bahama Island holiday experience. Most of the island’s tiny offshore cays and islets can be reached by boat and wild dolphins swim off the Grand Bahama Bank.
Source: The Official Website of The Bahamas