Five Ways a Vacation Rental Saves You Money

| August 28, 2012

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The best places to stay on vacation have all of the comforts of home, plus a few features you wish your house had. A rental property offers such amenities, and staying in one can help you lower the total cost of your trip.

1. A vacation rental can cost less per person.

When traveling as a group, family members and/or friends can pay significantly less per person by splitting the cost of a rental property that has multiple bedrooms, as opposed to each family and/or couple booking individual hotel rooms. Tip: Look for a vacation rental with a pullout couch, as well, to increase the amount of sleeping space, though make sure the rental doesn’t charge you extra for having more people than beds.

2. A vacation rental allows you to eat in more.

A typical rental property will feature, at the minimum, a kitchenette, and many have a full kitchen. Being able to store perishables and cook meals means you spend less on food during a vacation. Tip: Buy food items in bulk for additional savings.

3. A vacation rental allows you to avoid costly laundry fees.

If you travel with children, you know how quickly they go through clean clothes. A rental property will have a washer and dryer, and laundry supplies cost significantly less than the fees hotels charge to clean clothes. Tip: Pack less and plan to do laundry, as even one less checked bag lowers the overall cost of your trip if flying a carrier that charge per checked bag.

4. A vacation rental offers less expensive entertainment options.

A typical hotel room has cable or satellite TV included in the cost of the room, with the use of on-demand movies, games and Internet access, often resulting in pricey per-item or daily fees. The right rental property will have a DVD player, gaming system and Wi-Fi router in place, and you will not pay fees for their use. Tip: Instead of devoting suitcase space to movies and games, hit a nearby video rental kiosk for inexpensive rentals.

5. A vacation rental can keep you occupied.

If you choose a rental property with amenities such as an on-site pool and a barbecue, as well as easy access to other included amenities such as a game room, tennis courts and gym, you will spend less time away from the property and also less money trying to keep everyone entertained. Tip: Look for a vacation rental near public parks and other recreation facilities to keep the fun close to home and inexpensive.

DexKnows hotels and lodging listings can help you find the right vacation rental for your next trip. Before you sign on the dotted line, though, learn the Five Questions to Ask Before Renting a Vacation Home to help ensure a hassle-free rental process.

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Category: Rental Property -- Vacation Rentals, Travel

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Pamela Mitchell spent more than 15 years at daily newspapers such as the Hartford Courant and Houston Chronicle before becoming a full-time freelancer. She now writes about a variety of topics, from dining and entertainment to pets and travel.