Traveling With Kids-Where To Stay?
|8 June, 2012||Posted by Amanda Jayne under Kids, Travel|
Where will you be staying? There are pros and cons no matter what you decide.
Wherever you end up, make sure that you bring the comforts of home with you. Night lights, bedtime toys, or even bedding can make the transition to sleeping in a new place so much easier.
Ease of housekeeping-can’t beat that! Hotels are also easier if you are planning to stay only a short while, and many have pools or water parks. The disadvantages of staying in a single room are pretty obvious-you are in a small room with kids. If you do go for this option, it might be worth it to spring for a suite so that you can have a little separation from the kids, which is especially helpful around bedtime. Hotels are a great choice if you will spending most of your time out and about instead of in the room.
An awesome option, but many times they are only available to rent by the week. Depending on the location and the amenities, they can either be very reasonable or extremely expensive. If you are able to find a suitable one, they have the great advantage of space, possibly a yard to play in, and the perk of having your own kitchen. If you are able to stay in a condo and cook many of your meals, this can be a huge savings.
A very cost effective and fun option! Camping with kids is great, because there is generally a ton of room to run around and other kids to play with. The pace is very slow and easygoing. Not a great option if you don’t have the room to bring camping supplies, such as if you are flying.
Make sure to thoroughly check out the campground ahead of time. Do you they have the hookups you need, if you have a camper? Do you need to make a reservation? Is there a limit on how many days you can stay? Are there showers and bathrooms readily available?
If you don’t have the equipment to camp, ask around! Many people are willing to share their camping equipment, or you could consider splitting the cost of new items with a friend.
Family or friends?
Generally the cheapest option, which is great! Make sure to consider the length of the stay and what your needs are. If you are large family with many kids, do your friends have room to put you up? Staying in one room may be fine for a weekend, but not workable for a week long visit.
Remember that it’s always polite to chip in with groceries and cleanup, but ask beforehand so you aren’t stepping on any toes!
Always take your children’s routine into account when deciding to stay with others. If your friends or family are late risers who like to be up into the night, this will provide a problem if your kids are up at sunrise every day. Consider the convenience and comfort of all involved, not just your family.
There is a perfect place for you stay on any trip-you just need to find it!
What’s your preferred place to stay when traveling with your kids?