Travelling with your family for a holiday can be filled with obstacles. The kind of holiday you have will often be geared towards your kids and their age. But beyond finding the right amusement park or hiking spot that the whole family will enjoy, you need a place to sleep. And if your family is anything like ours, they want more than just a comfy bed.
So how does anyone find the kind of accommodation that their family can use that makes everyone happy? More than likely you won’t be able to please everyone, but you can make choices that help to level the playing field for the most members of the family without breaking your budget. We have a few ideas here on what to look for when planning that next family holiday trip.
Purpose Built Accommodations
This type of place is becoming more common as more people create a niche market for what are usually referred to as apartment hotels. These are generally buildings that look like an ordinary apartment building on the outside but are so much more on the inside. They were designed from the ground up to be short-term rental apartments for families on a holiday and have proven very successful.
A good example of a European approach that has been effective are the Copenhagen apartment hotel complexes you will find in that Northern European city. These very modern buildings embrace the Northern esthetic of clean open lines with the convenience of a family home. The end result is a very livable place that you and your family can call home while visiting one of Europe’s most charming cities. But they aren’t the only options for a family holiday.
If your family lives in a home that is located in a city that attracts visitors, this may be the option for you. There are plenty of websites devoted to the idea of trading homes between families, sometimes for long periods of time and sometimes for only a short holiday. The internet has made finding these homes easier than ever, though the concept was around long before the arrival of the net.
The idea is pretty basic. You agree to trade homes for a set amount of time with an agency acting as a go-between to ensure safety and security. Urban families have been known to head to the country and trade with a rural family for a whole new experience in living. For those looking for long-term trades this can be an invigorating way to try out living in another country, without the commitment of actually moving there. From houseboats in Holland to ranches in Arizona, the world is an open book for you and the kids when you explore house swapping for a new kind of holiday adventure.
Bed and Breakfast Stays
This old fashion idea has taken on new meaning with the arrival of online agency Airbnb. Now you can explore everything from renting an urban condo in the heart of New York City to staying at a Dude Ranch in Nevada, all with the family as hosts.
These are just a few examples of how to leave the traditional hotel stay behind and find a new way to take a family holiday. Explore, enjoy and have a great family holiday!