Traveling with your family can be one of life’s great experiences, and there’s nothing quite like exploring a new city or culture with those you love most. Unfortunately, traveling with the entire family can also be a lot more stressful and presents many more challenges that when traveling with just your partner or on your own. No time is this more true than for those with young children.
Still, there are a number of tips that you can use to help make your trip more successful and more enjoyable—the easiest of which is by choosing to stay in a private apartment instead of the usual hotel. Not only can you often find apartments that are at least comparable in price to many hotels, but you’ll also be able to enjoy all of these other outstanding benefits.
More Space for Your Money
One major issue with staying in hotels is that it means cramming your entire family into one or two small rooms for days on end. It’s always great to be close to one’s family, but being this close for too long can quickly lead to fights and arguments—especially among your children.
By choosing to stay in an apartment instead, you can ensure that your family has much more space. In fact, you can easily find rentals large enough such as these West University Place apartments so that everyone has their own bedroom.
As well, renting an apartment can also provide you with access to a spacious, comfortable living room, which you’ll definitely appreciate relaxing in after a long day of sight-seeing. Who knows? You might even decide to stay in to watch a movie during the evening instead of going back out.
Avoid Eating Every Meal Out
Food expenses generally take up quite a major portion of your travel budget when you’re forced to eat every meal at a restaurant. Even if your hotel provides free breakfast, you’ll still end up dramatically reducing your food costs by being able to prepare some of your own meals in the kitchen in your rental apartment.
This also helps if you have a child who’s a picky eater, especially if you’re traveling abroad where they’re not familiar with the food.
By far the majority of rental apartments include a full kitchen and all the necessary cooking utensils. As well, you can usually expect a range of other common household amenities that your hotel may or may not provide.
Experience Everything Like a Local
Staying in a hotel is sure way to make a person really feel like a tourist, especially if you’re in a new city or country that you don’t know all that well. In this case, it is highly unlikely you’ll ever venture much off the beaten path or see the city in the same way as locals do.
On the other hand, vacation apartments in London, New York and other cities are often in quieter, more residential neighborhoods. Most are still centrally located, but are also off the main tourist thoroughfares and usually in normal buildings where the city’s real residents live. By staying in this type of vacation apartment, you’ll be able to give your family a better glimpse of the real city and spend at least a few days living like a local.
Some people are still hesitant about staying in apartments while traveling, as they feel that they won’t be as clean, secure or convenient as hotels. However, in most cases you’ll actually find that the opposite is true. Of course, the only way to know for sure is to give it a try, but it’s definitely something that you should strongly consider for your next family vacation.