Family Vacation Rentals are abundant across the US and the UK as well. However, many people do not consider the many options available to them for family holiday accommodations. Read on as Sudha shares with us her family holiday accommodation ideas.
If you’re stuck for inspiration on where to take the family over the holidays then check out the ideas below that will hopefully give you a kick start when it comes to decision making. Having stayed in each of the following forms of accommodations myself, I can safely say that all have their pros and cons however, there’s only one way for you to find out what works for you and that’s to just do it! When you are done reading, tell me what you think about my list of family holiday accommodation ideas.
An oldie but a goodie, camping is what long, hot British summers are all about, the trouble is, when was the last time that we had a summer that was both long and hot?
You get to sleep under canvas, cook outside and listen to the calls of the wild from the safety of your cosy tent. There are plenty of things to do that don’t involve watching TV including: nature trails, French cricket, badminton and card games by halogen lamplight.
It can get pretty cold in the evening and if you need the loo in the middle of the night then be prepared for a quite unpleasant experience. Also, tent walls are decidedly thin and from snoring parents to hooting owls, getting to sleep is often an ordeal in itself.
A step up from camping, in some opinions, staying in a mobile home is perfect for the British climate as modern units come fully-equipped with heaters, air-con and even hot showers! And you do not have to stay in any ole mobile home when searching for your family holiday accommodation ideas… you can choose a swanky RV resort.
Static mobile homes are often placed within well-maintained sites which come complete with swimming pools, restaurants and organised activities for the kids. Also, you’re able to get closer to nature but without getting too uncomfortable i.e. there’s a toilet in your accommodation that doesn’t smell of chemicals.
When it’s raining you may find being confined in a mobile home with a tin roof can be something bordering on torture so make sure you pack plenty of fun games and indoor things to do, just in case.
I recently undertook a charity walk and stayed in a sustainability centre on the South Downs Way. I ended up spending the night in a tepee, great fun and perfect for family holidays in the UK.
This is a really fun learning experience for kids and parents alike. You get closer to nature and centre staff are often dedicated to helping you understand the dos and don’ts of the countryside and how taking a holiday needn’t destroy the planet.
Sleeping in a tepee, next to a fire, may not be everyone’s idea of fun and lumpy wood chippings on the ground certainly don’t bode well for those who prefer more comfortable sleeping arrangements.
The UK and further afield are awash with rental properties for families and from Cornwall to Casablanca, you’re bound to find the right accommodation to suit your tribe.
Staying in a rental property is often preferable to a hotel as self-catering facilities enable you to save money on expensive restaurants as you enjoy a ‘home from home’ experience. Kids get their own bedrooms, adults get their own space and no one cares if you get sand on the carpet – everyone’s a winner!
Rental properties have a rather annoying habit of doubling and, sometimes, tripling, their prices during the holidays. Also, if you’re looking to escape and have a true break from normality, then TVs, washing machines and cooking are probably the last things that you’d wish for.
City breaks or countryside retreats, the list is endless and if you’re looking for accommodation that’s a bit more luxurious, then a hotel maybe just right for you.
En-suite bathrooms, comfy beds and room service mean that you get the luxurious and restful facilities that you deserve whilst on holiday. Wherever you’re looking to visit on your family’s activity holidays, there’s bound to be a hotel close by that ticks all of your personal boxes.
Obviously, if you want the best then you have to pay for the best and although there are plenty of last-minute/Groupon deals around at the moment, you’re still going to have to pay more than staying in a tent.
Now what do you think about these five family holiday accommodation ideas? Share with us some of the options you have chosen for your family.
Sudha is a big fan of caravan holidays ever since her parents introduced her to the delights of the Norfolk coast.