Vacation Rentals Work for Families

Find the perfect Vacation Rental

Enjoy this guest post written by Gillian Duffy, avid traveler and newly published author! Follow her on Twitter !

The math does not add up. One standard hotel room. Two double beds. Three kids, and two parents.

One mom and one kid in one bed. One dad and two kids in the other?

One mom and one dad in one bed. Three kids in the other?

One dad and one kid in one bed. Two kids in the other. One mom on a cot?

All it equals is toes in ribs, fingers in noses, arguments started, punishments threatened, and lost hours of sleep.

Have you thought about a vacation rental?

You can have your own room. They can have theirs. Fresh, hot coffee in the morning from the kitchen and a quick, healthy breakfast for all. A living room to relax in, maybe even more than one bathroom. A backyard? A cold beer after all that sight-seeing/day at the beach/endless amusement park rides.


BetterThanAHotel_400Actually, probably for less than you’d pay for that hotel room with thin walls, cramped quarters, and pricey room service.

Really. Vacation rentals work for families.

Don’t be overwhelmed by the searching and selection process. Jot down a few thoughts about what you’re looking for, ask yourself a few questions, just spend a little bit of time preparing and you can find the perfect vacation rental for your family.

Cover_200_3DI wrote How to Find the Perfect Vacation Rental just for you.

In it, you’ll discover the benefits of renting short-term apartments, houses, cottages, or bungalows versus paying for regular hotel rooms and whether you are a good fit for this option.

You’ll be able to set up a list of criteria to use when looking for a property to save time, frustration, and hassle. You’ll know what you’re looking for before you start searching.

You’ll learn how to go about finding the perfect vacation rental, how to find rental websites, and how to use them so that the process isn’t completely overwhelming.

You’ll see a comparison of some of the top vacation rental sites out there and see which ones are recommended.

You’ll get answers to the questions and concerns you have so that you’ll feel comfortable and confident in the process and will be sure that you have found the perfect vacation rental for you.

And you’ll see the exact process I use to book vacation rentals. You can be sure that if this process works over and over for me that it will work for you too.

Your next family vacation is going to look so different from your last family vacation.

GillianDuffyGillian not only enjoys using vacation rentals when she travels…she wrote the book on it! How to Find the Perfect Vacation Rental is available on her blog where you can also follow along on her adventures, mis-steps, and personal journey as she travels the world and sets out on a multi-country European cycle tour this spring.


  1. Sherry moffitt
    May 9, 2016 / 7:33 am

    Great article, when you stay somewhere that has a kitchen you can prepare some of your own meals . That saves us a lot of money. We know a lot of people who love vacation rentals.

    May 27, 2014 / 8:04 pm

    My sister rented a 5 bedroom home in Orlando last year, she has persuaded me that is the way to go

  3. April 23, 2014 / 10:53 am

    I know a few friends who rent homes in Cuba and vacation in utter luxury

  4. April 10, 2014 / 1:23 pm

    Gillian, this will definitely come in handy when we plan our summer vacation to California with the kiddies! Thanks a bunch!

  5. Judy C (Judy Cowan)
    April 10, 2014 / 8:58 am

    A rental place is definitely a great alternative to a hotel room, we have done this a few times and it is so much better!

  6. mrdisco1
    April 9, 2014 / 10:35 pm

    a rental place sounds like a great idea for a vacation

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