For middle-class starting families, booking any mainstream kid-friendly hotel is financially unattainable. But the good news is, there are alternative accommodations that provide the basic features a family needs while on vacation. These are cheaper and much better in terms of personality.
Finding a Vacation Rental
Many people these days rent out private homes when the owners themselves are on holiday. Holiday home swapping is becoming very popular in places like the UK and U.S., where each family takes on the other’s home. So, if you fancy holidaying in the UK, check out the web for Brits who wish to holiday where you are.
Others own a second property which they let throughout the year. These are great alternatives to complexes or hotels. It is far cheaper and lets your family experience an authentic vibe by being inside a local’s house.
Private Lets can be Anywhere
Private letting is becoming so popular that wherever you want to go, somewhere there will be private accommodation available. The big tourist areas in any country will have private vacation rentals. Apartments and condos are available in the tourist centers, towns and cities. Houses and cottages are available for those wishing to get away from it all in the countryside, or wide open spaces. With airbnb, it’s so much easier to find all these rental properties.
Check for Child-Friendly Features
Those advertising private holiday lets on the internet usually include plenty of photos. Photos will usually include outside property snaps and pictures of each room. If you are in doubt, provide the children’s ages and ask related things that might be causes of worry, such as nearby ponds and rivers, or busy roads outside of the rental.
Babies and Toddlers
If your family has babies or small toddlers, make sure the required equipment is available, like cribs for babes or high chairs for toddlers. A few favorite toys can be taken with you, as well as baby alarms and intercoms.
Points to Watch
The great majority of private landlords are honest and trustworthy. Unfortunately, there are always some people who are just in it for the money. If you’ve never dealt with the agent or person offering you the private accommodation before, do not pay the full cost of your holiday stay before even arriving at the place. Forward a deposit, with the balance on arrival. That should be perfectly acceptable. If the homeowner is adamant, better look elsewhere.
Finally, if you like the idea of buying a property to let out, you can select and buy a condo for sale on Zipmatch in minutes. With the large amount of available real estate in the Philippines and other countries, you can choose your favorite place to have your very own holiday property with the family.