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Let HomeAway Help You Find That Affordable & Perfect Family Vacation Rentals

We partnered with HomeAway to share from our years of family roadtrips, great ways to save and find awesome places to stay.

One of the best ways a family can spend time together, while also experiencing something new is with a trip and vacation. By disconnecting ourselves from the daily grind of the daily world, we can get out of our area or box and just relax and focus on all the world has to offer. I love to plan out a trip for us all and to surprise the family with a family road trip!

We plan several trips a year so I am always getting and figuring out where to visit throughout the year by asking small hidden questions. This could include asking for instance “what would you think about visiting Death Valley, wouldn’t it be neat cause its an insanely hot desert?” Then have a conversation about facts of it. Or maybe “wouldn’t Disneyworld be fun to visit, I saw a commercial that made it look fun” and just play it off. This way I can gauge their interest and plan to their likes. I don’t want my kids to be unhappy on any trip, makes for no fun and that is the point of a family getaway, to have fun and make memories!


One of the most important parts of planning a trip is booking our rooms. When we take a trip, we plan for more than just one destination. There is so much to see and visit, it’s all about searching. Sometimes I have my kids get on the computer and search for places to checkout in certain locations. Gets them learning and helps me find places to visit.

Using HomeAway is a great way to find more than just a hotel, motel, or resort. You can rent for a day or days, and choose from a wide range of varying condos, homes, even castles!

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Properties vary with price of course, so finding something affordable for the night is easy, but also finding something to really remember is possible. The other great things about getting say even a condo with 1 bedroom is just the extra space and amenities. Depending on the location many have pools, golf courses, and more.

The benefits to a vacation rental are more than just the amenities but the living size and space. While we try to find the best deal we still demand a decent level of quality, that can of course  accommodate a family of 5. So with a vacation rental many times a kitchen is there and traveling as a family can require a budget just for daily food.

I also like to include the kid’s preference and approval while booking and looking. One thing that will always sell them on a place is a pool. Also somewhere that is close to the places we are going to be seeing is good because they get tired of all the driving which is understandable on road travel.

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Check out this fun survey of kids on their wants from a vacation rental.

“According to a recent survey of 540 parents and kids (ages 6 to 18), many kids get to make decisions on the vacation activities (77%), the itinerary (53%), and even the destination itself (49%). Read on for the most kid-requested vacation accommodations.”

While that is not much a surprise, not to me, what were unique were the choices of homes. Some include the tree house, the shell house, an airplane, tipi, train, and more. Check out this fun list of favorite and unique properties.

unique homes tipi shell house plane treehouse


When we recently traveled to the Grand Canyon, it was difficult to find anything other than a hotel. While some had kitchenettes, many at the time were booked. HomeAway would have been perfect to find some place that would accommodate us and be affordable, while also providing choices.

Kids Grand Canyon Snow Winter

HomeAway has more than one million listings of family vacation rentals throughout the world. This includes 190 countries and of course every US state. With the ease to rent an entire home, this is a great way for families to travel without being split up. With a HomeAway vacation rental you can get up to twice the space of not more for half the price of a hotel room making them perfect for groups and extended families.

Win a $5,000 Stay by entering the HomeAway Kidfluencers Contest. By giving kidfluencers a budget of $5,000 for a family vacation, let’s just say they will have a lot of say over planning. Enter by creating a 15 to 60-second video of your kid(s) describing why they need to win this for their family. Upload the video to Instagram, YouTube or Vimeo and use the hashtag #HomeAwayVacation. Complete the entry form at http://bit.ly/1c0IN33 before May 29, 2015. HomeAway will select 10 finalists that will be voted on by the public from June 8 to 12 to determine the winner. For more details on the contest, visit http://bit.ly/1c0IN33.

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Find out more information on what vacation rentals have to offer families and how they are redefining the family vacation and stay.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of HomeAway.



  1. Varut on August 22, 2015 at 5:38 am

    I’m taking this vataicon alone (maybe a couple of the fella’s if they clear it with the wife). I’ve excluded NY and Las Vegas becuase I’ll be going to those places in the upcomming months. This is my first seperate vataicon (without the wifey) and I’d like to go someplace with some seriously good nightlife or Great rollercosters.Things I like to do on Vacation DrinkClub (Hip Hop or Mixed)Stay out lateGamble (but somewhere that has other attractions or I may exceed my budget)orRide Roller coaster (If there are any theme parks open in April I’d go visist if they have an exceptional roller coaster.I know some of you have had exceptional Vacations and if you could recommend a place I’d apareciate it, thank you.dcgirl GREAT answer, but I forgot to include, I’m from Houston so I go to New Orleans about once every 3 month, I’ve been so much It wouldn’t be worth my first solo vaction. Thanks for the answer though if I had never been you’d definatly have got Best Answer To every one else .I’ve excluded New Orleans too I go there too much already.

  2. Angela on June 8, 2015 at 7:26 am

    With summer here, this is the perfect time to check out something like this, every one I know is planning their vacations!!

  3. Tracey on June 8, 2015 at 5:58 am

    This sounds like a great company. We are planning our next vacation and I think HomeAway will be what I use for a place to stay.

  4. Candy O on June 7, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    Wow HomeAway sounds like an awesome company. I will need to start researching for next summer!

  5. Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty on June 6, 2015 at 8:53 am

    We did a vacation with our friends and kids once and used HomeAway to book a killer house with a pool. I never want to vacation any other way now!

  6. Shell on June 5, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    I’ll have to check this out! With a family of 5, it’s nice to have more space in case we have to hang out in our rental for an afternoon.

  7. Ora Lee Gurr on June 5, 2015 at 11:14 am

    HomeAway sounds like the perfect plan for having fun with all the comforts of home. I’ll be sure to check them out for the next vacation.

  8. Chrystal @ YUM eating on June 5, 2015 at 9:59 am

    A plane in a tree; now that would be a cool experience. I noticed more and more tree houses up on Air BnB too. I am going to keep HomeAway in mind for my next travel adventure.

  9. Beth@FrugalFroggie on June 5, 2015 at 7:48 am

    We dont’ travel as much as I would like. This sounds like a great way to take a family vacation. Saving the info!!

  10. Rachel Ferrucci on June 5, 2015 at 7:28 am

    I love HomeAway! You can find really unique vacation spots. I want to do one of the castles with the family

  11. Jeanine on June 5, 2015 at 6:18 am

    Thus sounds so great! Next time we go on a vacation I’ll be sure to check out a home rental instead. So much better!

  12. Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert on June 5, 2015 at 12:29 am

    My family is always looking for easy vacation solutions!

  13. Veronica on June 4, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    I could use this service. I love the idea of staying at a home

  14. Ann Bacciaglia on June 4, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    I would love to stay in a house when i am on vacation. It would be so much easier when traveling with the family.

  15. Toni | BoulderLocavore on June 4, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    What a great travel option! We are gluten-free so always bring food along with us. We love finding places with a kitchen and this sounds perfect. Those unusual houses (e.g. the airplane in the tree, etc) look fun!

  16. Brandy on June 4, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Oh wow, how cool is that?! I need to try it out and see if I can’t find a way to do a vacation some time soon …. thanks for sharing this information 🙂

  17. Marcie W. on June 4, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    What a great premise and those prices seem unbelievable! I need to keep this in mind for our next family vacation.

  18. Debbie Denny on June 4, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    This is cool. I just checked them out.

  19. Pam on June 4, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    We will be checking out HomeAway for our next vacation. We rented a beach house for a week once and it was awesome.

  20. Catherine S on June 4, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    This sounds fantastic. I would prefer to stay in a house, condo or even a castle when I travel. I like the idea of cooking my meals instead of eating out all the time.

  21. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle on June 4, 2015 at 10:50 am

    This is a great idea. I’d much rather stay at a home than at a hotel. This is a wonderful resource you’ve shared!

  22. Robin (Masshole Mommy) on June 4, 2015 at 10:34 am

    That sounds perfect for people who travel a lot. What a good idea.