5 Reasons You Need to Book a Private Rental For Your Next Family Vacation

Awhile back I heard another mom say something to the effect of “I love the idea of Airbnb, but I just don’t think I’d be brave enough to try it with kids.”

Girl, whaaaaat? You are missing out on so much!

Don’t get me wrong, there is a time and a place for hotels, but for the most part, we prefer to use private rentals¬†when traveling with our little Evelyn. And by private rental,¬†I mean any apartment, home, cabin, houseboat (yup), etc., rented privately through a trusted 3rd party website.

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The most well-known platform for booking private rentals is, of course, Airbnb (and admittedly the one we use¬†most often), but there are plenty of other options out there to try in your search. I find that VRBO and HomeAway are great for cabins and whole¬†home rentals. Region-specific rental agencies, like La Bella Toscana, can help you find your own Tuscan farmhouse in Italy. And family-focused rental¬†agencies like Kid&Coe,¬†Clanventure, or One Fine Stay’s family folio, offer home collections curated just for families.

So if I’ve got your attention, here are 5 reasons why you need to book¬†a private rental¬†for your next family vacation.

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1. You’ll Never Realize How Much You Needed¬†that Full Kitchen

Seriously. Making, washing, and drying bottles in the bathroom sink? Not fun. Trying to cook a quick meal for a toddler in a tiny hotel room microwave? Not ideal. Packing extra bowls and utensils for little ones? Unnecessary.

The first thing¬†we do when arriving in a new city is a grocery run. We pick up diapers, wipes, along¬†with a few snacks and quick meal¬†items. Since traveling with a little one often means ending our days at 6 PM, we spend a fair amount of evenings¬†eating take out at “home” while cooking a quick toddler-friendly meal for Evelyn.¬†It helps tremendously to have some familiar foods available, and it also allows us to relax and recharge comfortably so we’re ready for the¬†day ahead.

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2. You’ll Have A Ton More¬†Space to Spread Out

One of the best things about private rentals is that you get a ton more space for nearly the same price as a hotel! When Evelyn goes to bed at 8 PM, staying in a hotel means it’s lights out for us too. So it’s nice to be able to put her down in a separate room, close the door and enjoy a glass of wine together¬†at the end of a busy day.

Many of the Airbnbs we’ve stayed in also offer some sort of separate¬†work¬†space too: a must for us, since Matt is usually working (at least a little bit) while we’re on the road.

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3. You Can Worry Less about Your Noisy Children

Ooooh yes, I remember our¬†first night in a¬†hotel with¬†Evelyn who was up every hour crying. I do believe in some level of “crying it out”, but you can’t really do that when other guests are¬†sleeping 5 feet away through paper thin walls. I’m not a jerk.¬†Needless to say, we got zero sleep that night, and it’s certainly no way to start a vacation.

Enter the private rental. Most of the places we’ve stayed in are 1 bedroom apartments,¬†sometimes in separate carriage houses. We’d have 1, maybe 2, adjacent neighbors to worry about waking,¬†and even then, noise between units traveled much¬†less. Even with the occasional crying herself to sleep, I feel much less guilty about it being in an apartment, knowing I’m not ruining someone else’s vacation.

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Our Napa Valley Airbnb, complete with a pool and floaties.

4. Child-Friendly Gear is (sometimes) Included

Ok, this one’s not a given, but there are plenty of private rentals¬†out there that can not only provide a pack-and-play, but might also have a high chair, toys, etc. Read the notes on the rental¬†carefully for any details that the home might be used personally by the host¬†family as well. If so, I make sure to always ask the host if there are any extras already available. While it might be a long shot, the less stuff you have to pack, the better, so it doesn’t hurt to ask!

And if it’s really important to you to have a child-ready home, check out a family-friendly rental agencies. Kid&Coe, for example, offers baby-ready homes that include highchairs, cribs, nurseries, and sitter recommendations!

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5. You’ll Be in an Actual Neighborhood (where other families live)

Sure, sometimes it’s nice to be right in the center of a city, but move a little further out and you’ll get to see how other families go about their daily routines. Play at the park with other kids or go out to dinner at a favorite local restaurant. You’ll become immersed in what life is like for people who actually live in the city and see¬†what it would be like if you did too. Isn’t that what travel is really all about?

What’s your favorite part about using private rentals for family travel?

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