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Finding the Best Vacation Accommodations for Your Family

Choosing the right accommodations for your family is one of the most important parts of planning a vacation. After all, you don’t want to arrive at your destination to discover every hotel in the area is booked thanks to a random event or convention. However, before you book a place to stay, you need to choose an accommodation type. Get the lowdown on timeshares, Hotels, Inns, and B&Bs before booking your vacation.

Timeshares

If you’re an annual traveler who enjoys luxury accommodations, you should consider purchasing a Welk Timeshare. When you purchase a timeshare, you are purchasing the right to vacation at the timeshare property or resort for one week per year. In most cases, you have the option to switch weeks or stay at other properties owned by the timeshare. For example, if you purchased a timeshare for a resort in Florida and the company operates a timeshare in California, you can use your timeshare points to stay in California instead of Florida. This gives you a bit more versatility.

While the Welk Resort timeshare costs tend to be more than staying at a mid-level hotel, timeshare resorts typically have more amenities and upscale accommodations. For example, your annual timeshare fee may be $500 to $1000 for one year, but the resort room you reserve might be the equivalent of a $300 to $400 per night hotel room.

Hotels and Motels

Budget travelers often vacation in cheaper motels. While cost-effective, budget hotels typically lack amenities you find in low-to-mid-priced hotels such as a swimming pool and a complimentary continental breakfast. If traveling on the cheap is your top priority, choose a budget motel that’s well-known — chain motels typically have rules and procedures for cleaning and maintaining the rooms.

If you would like to save a few bucks but are concerned about your comfort, opt for a low-to-mid-priced hotel instead. Because hotel rooms open to a hallway instead of a sidewalk, they tend to be a bit more secure and many offer free Wi-Fi, a swimming pool, and breakfast.

B&Bs and Inns

Bed and Breakfasts and Inns are great options for couples traveling without children or families who prefer a more personalized travel experience. They are owned and operated by a local family or caretaker, so getting restaurant recommendations or learning about the best nearby boutiques is simple. Both inns and B&Bs tend to be well decorated and cozy, so you don’t need to bring anything other than your clothes and personal necessities. Most B&Bs offer complimentary breakfast and an evening social hour so the guests can mingle.

Cottages and Cabins

Renting a cottage or cabin for your trip gives you more space than you’d have in a hotel, making them ideal for large families or those who prefer their children to sleep in a separate room. The cost of renting a cottage or cabin varies greatly, depending on the property and the location. However, it isn’t difficult to find a good deal, especially in touristy destinations. When you rent a cottage or cabin, read the fine print to see what the owner provides. Most likely, you’ll have to bring your own groceries, bed linens, and towels. In some cases, you might need to pack dishes as well.

Airbnbs

Airbnbs are a good alternative for anyone who wants to really soak up the culture of their destination. When you rent an Airbnb, you’re renting a house in a local area or neighborhood for a specific amount of time — or you might rent a room for a night or two in someone’s home. These accommodations are normally budget-friendly, making them a good deal for those who travel frequently. However, you might run into problems at times — a weird homeowner or a house in a bad neighborhood for example. When renting an Airbnb, choose an owner that has good reviews and research the neighborhood before booking to make sure it’s a place where you’ll be comfortable.

The fact is, the type of accommodations you choose depends on your budget and travel preferences. If you prefer luxury travel but don’t have a luxury budget, a timeshare might be a good option for you, but if you travel frequently on a shoestring budget, you should consider an Airbnb.

 

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  1. Mary Ambrosino says:

    I have tried them all and they are all good alternatives.

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