Upcoming Family Vacation? Skip the Hotel and Try a Cottage Instead

Family vacations are an amazing opportunity to create fun, lifelong memories— exploring new areas, eating new foods, and spending quality time with one another. That said, they can also be a tiny bit stressful. Why not skip the hotel and try a cottage?

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Family vacations are an amazing opportunity to create fun, lifelong memories— exploring new areas, eating new foods, and spending quality time with one another. That said, they can also be a tiny bit stressful. Traveling, keeping unusual schedules, planning activities and making sure everyone’s on track can suck some of the fun out of the adventure.

Luckily, there are a few ways to alleviate some of these stressors, including booking a cottage over a hotel. Here’s how this may guarantee a successful, stress-free holiday for all.

Noise Won’t be a Factor

Kids, especially younger children, can be noisy, often in the early morning. While staying in a hotel room, considerate parents might worry about their children waking up guests in neighbouring rooms with their running around, chattering, or crying. It can be pretty stressful to corral kids and quiet them down; some parents may even feel forced to rush their day and get out of the room earlier than initially planned.

On the other foot, hotel hallways can be noisy at times, meaning that everyone (adults and kids alike) can have their sleep patterns disturbed by other guests.

In a cottage, there’s less need to worry about kids waking up fellow vacationers or you waking updue to other guests. At a cottage, you get some peaceful isolation: there’s nobody immediately through the walls or outside the door.

There’s More Room

When you’re traveling with children, hotels often provide a pull-out cotso kids can stay in the same room with their parents. They may offer adjoining rooms for older children or even a suite for larger parties.

Even with these extra measures by hoteliers, a cottage typically offers more space. In a cottage, everyone will have their own comfortable bed, space to store luggage and, in some cases, more than one bathroom. Cottage booking sites like RentCottage.com have a convenient search function that allows vacation goers to narrow down their cottage options based on the desired number of rooms and bathrooms — meaning that everyone will feel comfortable with room to relax and enjoy downtime. Guests can also specify luxury wants, like ‘waterfront’ or ‘near the beach.’

You’ll Have Immediate Access to the Outdoors

It’s true some hotels have balconies or terraces; however, nothing quite beats immediate access to the great outdoors. Drinking your morning coffee outside while the kids get to play on the beach or in the yard, BBQing on the deck and sitting around a firepit provides both mental and physical stimulation for the kids while creating beautiful memories for you.

Cottages Can Be Cost Effective

While initially, hotels might seem more affordable, once additional levies are added, like cot costs, additional person fees and parking charges, they can quickly become more costly. Further, a huge benefit of staying in a cottage is that you don’t need to rely on inflated hotel snacks, drinks, and meals.

While making your own food could seem like a red mark against cottaging (who wants to cook on holiday?), with a bit of preparation and delegation in advance, cooking together as a family is a great way to forge fun memories where you have unlimited time to enjoy the process. Cooking your meals is especially beneficial if a family member has allergies or if someone is a picky eater.

Last Thoughts

Not only does renting a cottage provide practical benefits, but it also allows you to live like a true local, experiencing a unique area that offers a restorative natural setting far from the sterile furnishings of a hotel.

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