By Sharon Gundrum, Co-Founder of Tripbound
A great question. For traveling families, it is one of the MOST important questions. Why should a family, who is accustomed to staying in hotels, consider a vacation rental as an alternative?
Well the answer is an easy one, and one that I find myself enthusiastically sharing with anyone who travels, – especially if they are unfamiliar with the term “vacation rental.”
First, the definition. For our purposes, a vacation rental is a furnished room or set of rooms in a resort. There are many other types of vacation rentals that include beach houses, apartments, homes, etc.
So how does that apply to a vacationing family? Why break with tradition?
Let me throw some phrases at you: space, wonderful, beautiful space. Separate bedrooms. Washers and dryers. Full kitchens. Multiple bathrooms. A dining room table. A deck.
And that is just the tip of the iceberg. A vacation rental at a resort is like a hotel, but not a hotel. The check-in process is pretty much the same, front desk, etc., but once you step into your room, into that beautiful big room, you realize you may never be able to bring your family to a hotel again.
No more dinners balancing take out pizza as you sit on the bed, or phone calls held in the hall due to the crippling noise level of the tv. No more discussing what to do next while your kids jump from bed to bed in wild abandon. (Well, they may still do that, but you can at least leave the immediate area.)
Instead, imagine going to the bathroom in peace – in a master bathroom attached to your room. Of being able to put your kids to bed in their own bedroom. Of gathering your family around the dining table to enjoy a meal together – cost savings here can be significant. Imagine being able to wash clothes, avoiding a suitcase full of work when you get home, or even just packing light and avoiding baggage fees. Or of bringing Grandma and Grandpa along – they can have their own room!
With resorts come amenities. Pools, kids clubs, fitness rooms, game rooms, golf courses, mini golf courses, playgrounds, restaurants, and more. Some resorts even have water parks right on the property! Imagine not leaving the resort property for a day, as there is enough to do to keep everyone happy.
So, why a vacation rental? I think a better question is Why Not?
Article written by Sharon Gundrum, Co-Founder of Tripbound
One of the founders of Tripbound, a vacation rental agency, Sharon handles the creative and marketing side of the business. She can often be found perusing beautiful vacation images from around the globe, writing blogs or just talking people into using a vacation rental. Although born in the north, she now she now happily describes herself as a southern belle, and loves living in Williamsburg with her husband and children, and one very large, very lovable mutt named King.