FAMILY VACATION PLANNING 101 – When your Family Outgrows a Hotel Room – Rent a WHOLE HOUSE Cheaper!


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B”H many of us are blessed with large families, k”eh.

While some places to stay have adjoining rooms and suites, most hotels are limited in their ability to accommodate families larger than five, and many in fact can not even legally do so in one room due to fire regulations.

Even if you are lucky enough to find a place that can, you likely will be paying for 2 rooms – which quickly adds up to be very expensive!

So what’s a frum family to do?

B”H many of us are blessed with large families, k”eh.

While some places to stay have adjoining rooms and suites, most hotels are limited in their ability to accommodate families larger than five, and many in fact can not even legally do so in one room due to fire regulations.

Even if you are lucky enough to find a place that can, you likely will be paying for 2 rooms – which quickly adds up to be very expensive!

Simple.

Rent a house!

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Rent a house?

How do you do that?

Yes, the unknown can be stressful, but take it from us, who have rented vacation homes multiple times, it is really a great option – even if just to liven things up without the need for additional space.

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And the memories we’ve made were terrific!

 


We’ve rented a log Cabin on a lone mountainside in New Hampshire, a beautiful 17th century restored farmhouse on a working farm in the Shenandoah Valley Virginia, and a 10 BR Ski Chalet home in Vermont.


 

The bottom line was that in each case the cost was far less than hotels, and the ease of of a home and large property far outweighed the one downside of there being no daily room-service.

Ok, you say, but how do I find houses to rent?

There are a number of great resources for this; today we’ll focus on HomeAway.com.

Simply put in a city name, state, zipcode or popular location and your dates, and it will bring everything up for you!

You can even search by scrolling along a map!

 



 

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So whether you are looking for a great winter spot in the Pocono mountains,


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A woodsy cabin in Virginia,

 



 

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Or a sunny getaway home in Florida, get looking!

 

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Many homes will have great amenities, like pools, decks, game-rooms, and hot-tubs! Homeaway has tools for you to sort through those options as well.

 



 

 

 

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A few Great Frum TIPS from the pros:

  1. Sort by the amount of people you need to sleep for faster searching.


  2. Read reviews. People are mostly nice but you got the odd character and you want your vacation to stand out for good reasons, not bad experiences.


  3. Double check your dates! I know, it sounds obvious, but the last thing you want to do is show up somewhere to find it occupied


  4. Watch out for cleaning fees. Many vacation home renters will not charge, have a small fee, or have reasonable expectations how clean you need to leave the place. Read the renters terms carefully, and perhaps confirm in an email to the owner


  5. Linens and towels are generally included, but it pays to double check.


  6. Ask your Rav about using the stovetop and oven – it is usually quite a simple kashering process


  7. Make a Kiddush Hashem! Represent the rest of us, and keep a great thing going by following the rules while having a great time!

 



 

Find a great place, save money, have fun, and enjoy!

 

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New Jersey residents, the Rowner family of nine loves to find great appropriate places to explore.

Among their other escapades, they’ve spent 28 days with an RV camper attached to their car through nine states with no plans (!), and acquired varying degrees of insanity and two turtles to show for it.

Recently featured in Mishpacha Magazine, they enjoy their noisy household, making great adventures and sharing their takeaways and stories with thousands of readers and followers on their website, GreatFrumTrips.com, and KosherVacationCentral.com the world’s largest online Jewish travelers resources.

 

 

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