The Parent-Teacher-Child Connection: Family Getaways

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Family Getaways

If you're looking for an inexpensive, yet fun getaway for your family, consider renting a house in the area where you want to visit.  We've done that since the kids were little and it's so much better than staying in a hotel or motel.  You have a home-like atmosphere where you can spread out, watch TV, and play games without worrying whether you're disturbing the folks on the other side of the wall.  You can do your own cooking to save money ... or simply order out.  As a base of operations, you can leave everything, visit the local areas of interest, and then return "home."  We have rented houses all up and down the east coast where we live plus Las Vegas area when the "kids" got older.  We have rented quaint houses, log cabins  in state parks, and extravagant homes on the water, depending on the age of our children and the family finances that year.

How do you find those rental houses?  Look on the Internet using the key words vacation, rental, house, and the area you want to visit. Or you can go to some of the commercial sites:   www.vacationrentals.com, www.vrbo.com, www.homeaway.com, www.cyberrentals.com, and www.tripadvisor.com/VacationRentals.  Add the keyword pets and you'll find pet-friendly places, too.  Sometimes the houses come with outdoor sports equipment like volleyball or a canoe.  Sometimes they come with hot tubs or their own backyard pool.  Whatever your family enjoys is probably waiting for you to rent for a fun-filled week of family togetherness.
Happy hunting!

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