We would never be able to travel as a family of 4 without the magical VRBO.
Vacation Rentals By Owner – Have you tried VRBO??
Think of any place in the World and VRBO has it covered. And in lots of Price Ranges.
The VRBO site is very easy to navigate.
Select the PLACE you want to visit…United States, Europe, Caribbean, Anywhere.
Scroll through the Choices…by Price, Number of Bedrooms, Bathrooms, Availability.
Carefully read all the information. And the reviews. And gaze at the photos.
Pick One that fits all your Needs.
Contact the Owner by Email or Phone. Negotiate the deal. Done.
It’s that simple.
We have traveled far and wide using VRBO. But, like anything, it’s not for Everyone. If you’re looking for a hotel experience with turn-down service…VRBO is probably not for you. If you’re in need of a bed-just-for-the-night…nope…skip VRBO. Maybe Travelocity or Hotels.Com.
If you’re looking for a Living-At-Home Experience when you’re Far-From-Home…Hooray…Go VRBO!!
Here are My 6 Tips for Family Travel on a Budget with VRBO
1. Rent a House.
A house for family travel is almost mandatory. A house gives you space to move around, a kitchen for cooking, bedrooms for sleeping and laundry facilities. With a house you don’t have to live out of a suitcase. Hang the clothes. Use the dressers. Make it feel a little like home when you’re far away. Before I book a vacation, I’m always looking on websites like rentalcloud.com for holiday rental ideas. I always find it so hard to choose where to stay but every property we’ve been to has been amazing. And cheap!
2. Shop with the Locals at the Grocery Store.
Try the “native foods”. Take chances. Have fun.
Eating out every meal gets expensive real fast. And who really wants to get dressed for breakfast…right?!
Red Bell Peppers and Broccoli were exotic for this crowd.
3. Cook at Home.
Sure, you’re still cooking, but the whole family can be in the kitchen together making memories.
Cooking Spaghetti Aglio e Olio with pan-seared steak in the Caribbean.
4. Live like a Local.
Rent a car. Buy a bus pass. Take the subway. Walk. Ride bikes. Go to the museums. Meet the Locals. Try to speak the language. Become enamored with the neighborhood restaurants. Fly a kite.
5. Keep Tourist Sites to a Minimum.
Tourist sites are fun, but can be expensive.
6. Pack Light.
Don’t burden your load. Do some laundry. Save room for the cool stuff you want to bring back.
Here are Some Memorable VRBO Trips that we’ve taken…See How it’s Worked for Us:
Turks & Caicos in the Caribbean!
Providenciales, Turks & Caicos 2 Bed/2 Bath Home From $110/night
VRBO Listing #584346
All-Inclusive Resort in the Turks averages $1,000/night. 6 night stay $6,000. Our 6-night stay $1,300.
Caribbean Adventure – Jamaica!
Jamaica Runaway Bay 3 Bed/4 Bath From $157/night 3 night minimum
VRBO Listing #127959
Private Villa in the Caribbean. Included in the price are Meals prepared by a Personal Cook, a Driver for airport shuttles and tours, and a Groundskeeper.
Sea Rose Villa, Runaway Bay Jamaica House
Entry and Sitting Room.
Master Bedroom with En Suite
London Edwardian Townhouse 2 Bed/1.5 Bath From $389/night 6-night minimum
VRBO Listing #173394
In Central London – close to Paddington Station and Abbey Road
The Townhouse – Street Level – Entrance to the Right.
Formal Sitting Room
Kitchen with Washer/Dryer and the best Electric Tea Kettle…Teatime was great.
Bolinas, California 3 Bed/2 Bath From $400/night 2-night minimum
VRBO Listing #56744
Stunning views overlooking the Pacific, Northern California…on the Bluff.
Living Room and Dining Room – wall of windows and the Pacific
1 Bed/1 Bath Sleeps 4 From $100/night
VRBO Listing #7062848ha
Lovely Brownstone in the Fort Hill section of Boston.
Sunny Kitchen – Huge Island
Remember – Family Vacations are to Breathe, Relax, Enjoy the Adventure…
and all the Silly MAGIC…TOGETHER.