If you’re planning an upcoming vacation, you may want to consider booking a home rental instead of a hotel. While hotels are often the first option travelers think of, they’re not always the most economical choice. If you have a limited vacation budget, a home rental may offer more comfort while saving you money on the cost of your next trip.
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Spend less on food
Most vacation rentals include, at minimum, a refrigerator. Some also offer a full kitchen space, oven, plates and cookware, and cooking utensils. You can save a lot of money on food costs with this kind of setup. Stop at the grocery store at the start of your trip so you have what you need to throw some easy meals together.
Even if you dine out for dinner, being able to have snacks and breakfast or lunch at your rental can be much cheaper than dining out for all three meals each day. It can be almost impossible to make entire meals in a small hotel room, but a home rental gives you more space and access to more equipment and supplies.
Save on baggage fees
If you’re staying at a home rental with laundry facilities, you may be able to save on baggage fees, too. Many airlines charge baggage fees. Unless you’re using an airline credit card that includes a free checked bag, you’ll likely pay extra to check a suitcase when traveling.
You can save on baggage fees and pack less when you stay in a home rental. Before making your reservations, check to see whether the apartment or house has a washer and dryer in the unit or offers access to laundry facilities. If it does, you’ll only need to pack a few outfits, and you can do a load of laundry during your stay.
Avoid resort fees
Many hotels now charge resort fees. Often, these fees help cover the cost of hotel amenities like the pool and fitness center. These …….