Traveling is a whole different ball game when you add a third child to the mix. Most standard hotel rooms sleep four, regular cruise cabins sleep four, travel packages are priced for a family of four. Bottom line – the standard in travel is mostly geared towards smaller families.
So, what happens if you want to take a family vacation and have 3, 4 or 5 children in tow? There are a couple of cruise lines that cater to larger families and of course there are plenty of hotels and resorts that offer larger suites, however that extra space usually comes at a price. As an innkeeper and having been in the travel industry for over 13 years now, I know that it is sometimes cheaper to take 2 rooms than opting for a larger one. Strange fact, but true most of the time!
When it comes to traveling with a larger or even extended family, many people don’t realize is that there are other options, ones that quite frankly are as close to a home away from home as you can get. Vacation rentals offer all of the comforts of home, plenty of space and in some cases, separate bedrooms for each member of the family.
Regardless of whether you have toddlers or teens, a vacation rental is such a great and affordable option. In some cases they offer even more than a five-star hotel or resort can!
Let’s say that my family and I wanted to visit Myrtle Beach next month (Porter Airlines flies to Myrtle Beach now you know!). Ideally, I would want something just a few steps away from the beach, private pool on premises, internet access, full kitchen, satellite or cable TV and A/C. With this in mind, I decided to check on rates, so I typed in a quick search on HomeAway, and found plenty of results. The one that caught my eye in particular is located just steps from the ocean and is so big you could bring a second family if you wished.
With a private swimming pool, four roomy bedrooms (each with their own television), three bathrooms and a large family room, this luxury home rental is a spacious and gorgeous choice. The house is located 20 minutes from the Myrtle Beach airport, six blocks from the ocean fishing pier, arcade and restaurants as well as 90 minutes from historic Charleston.
Heidi Oran, one of our Editors took her family on a vacation to Myrtle Beach last year and had a wonderful time! Some of the fun things she recommended to do with the kiddos included:
- The Children’s Museum of South Carolina
- Ripley’s Myrtle Beach
- Medieval Times
- B&B Antiques Mall
These are just a few of the activities available for children, although I can bet my kids would be happy as can be just sitting on the sand and playing by the ocean (as would I). Now, if only that dream vacation could work out with our ridiculously busy agendas I would book it tomorrow. Hmmm…. time for some schedule clearing perhaps?
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