Family Vacations: Airbnb Versus Hotels?

October 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

How do you feel about staying in someone else’s home during family vacations? I don’t mean visiting family during your holiday break (which is no picnic, let me tell you). I mean renting someone else’s house for a night, a week, or even a few weeks?

If you’re traveling somewhere for a few days on one of your family vacations, would you rather rent a hotel room with a brand you can trust so you can get an experience you can expect? Or would you rather be adventurous, stay in a place that lets you experience the real part of a city, and have a lot more space than you would in a cramped hotel room?

I’ve had a chance to stay in both Airbnbs and hotels over the years, and I’m actually having a hard time deciding which I prefer. Not my wife though. She’s insistent: no staying in other people’s houses. She’s only done it once, and then only because it was way cheaper than a hotel room. Otherwise, she doesn’t like it.

She just doesn’t like the idea of sleeping in a stranger’s bed, using their sheets, occupying their space. I’m less worried about it. For one thing, they always put clean sheets on the bed. For another, they’re never around (I always get the “whole house” rentals, never an “own room”).

Airbnb is a great way to find an inexpensive place to stay during family vacations
Read more

The Generation X Guide to Millennial Travel

September 30, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Maybe it’s just because I’m a Gen Xer feeling his age. Maybe it’s just because I’m starting to feel that midlife crisis. I’m starting to understand and appreciate how and why Millennials travel these days.

Do a basic Google search for “Millennial Travel Trends,” and there are 1.4 million articles on the subject.

The short answer is, Millennials love to travel. They do it a lot, and they do it differently than their parents. The things they want, the places they go, and the way they travel is much, much different from the way my parents traveled, or taught me to travel.

When we traveled, vacation was very much a process and a checklist. We had to see these sights, we had to visit these locations. Sure, vacation was about the experience, but it was about experiencing all those things that every other tourist wants to experience.

If you’ve ever seen National Lampoon’s European Vacation, you know the feeling: Clark and his family show up at the Louvre 15 minutes before it closes, and they race to see as many of the 100,000 pieces of art as they can. Rather than coming back a different day and spending several hours, they squeeze it in, because that’s what was on the schedule for that day.

How many of us still travel that way? How many of us hold to a schedule of checklists and destinations? That’s not how Millennials travel. They’re seeing the world in a whole different way.
Read more

Eight Budget Travel Ideas for Families

February 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Taking a vacation can always be a little on the pricey side for families, especially if you’re trying to hit the major vacation spots in the middle of tourist season. But there are a few ways you can travel and save money, while still seeing some enjoyable sights.

An AirBNB in San Francisco.

An AirBNB in San Francisco. Imagine staying here instead of an expensive hotel.

We’re not recommending staycations or suggesting you “rediscover your hometown” for a week. We want you to get out and actually see the world. So here are a few budget travel ideas you can use to stretch your vacation dollars further.

  1. Go during off-season: A lot of tourist destinations see major slowdowns in January and February (after the holidays), in May (after Spring Break, before summer vacation), and in September and early October (post-summer, pre-fall break). If you can get away in the slow times, prices are lower, lines are shorter, and crowds are smaller.
  2. Read more

Last updated by at .