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Vacation Rental Homes for a Lower Price

Very well known fact: I don’t like Winter. At all.

It’s just the beginning of the season and already I’m dreaming of our next warm vacation. OK, maybe a couple escapes if we can swing it, the more the merrier, right? While I haven’t completely narrowed down where we might holiday next, vacation rental homes are definitely on our radar. We experienced our first last year in Florida, and we are hooked.

The ultimate benefit is that it’s like a home away from home. You have all the needed amenities for your family like bedrooms, a kitchen and a living room and laundry facilities. Yet most importantly, it’s the much needed space for families to feel comfortable. If you have ever stayed more than a few days in a regular hotel room with the entire family, you’ll be nodding your head right about now.

I recently was introduced to Wantizen.com, a {Canadian based} free website to find vacation rentals and likewise used by the owners to find vacationers. Searching the site is simple, just choose your location {currently Whistler, Hawaii or Florida yet more locations will be added}, the dates you are interested in, what price you would like to pay and specific amenities like pet-friendly or fitness facilities to name a couple.

You then place an offer with the owner and wait for the owner’s reply. Often the offer sent back is less than what the consumer has offered to pay, since the owners know they might be bidding against other property owners.

In fact this may be my favorite part about the site: you can simply select a location, date and what you are looking for and the owners send you offers. Just sit back and wait for the incredible deal to come to you!

Keep in mind that placing a bid doesn’t mean you have to buy and until you confirm a booking, there is no personal information sent to the owner until you confirm a booking.

Right now I’m eyeing a beautiful property in Florida, as found on Wantizen. Check out this description:

With no passing traffic this villa provides you with the peace and quiet to relax between your exciting visits to the theme parks and other attractions that Florida has to offer. This villa has been furnished to a high standard and includes the following amenities. Master bedroom 1 features a king size bed, ensuite bathroom with garden tub and seperate shower cubicle. Master bedroom 2 features a queen size bed, ensuite bathroom with garden tub and shower over. Direct access to the pool area, via the bathroom. There is also a TV and Radio alarm clock in here. Two further twin bedrooms share a third bathroom with bath and shower over. All bedrooms feature a TV/DVD. The pool has been extended and there is a spa from which you can look out over the orange groves. The other two sides of the pool cage have privacy screening to ensure you are not overlooked whilst enjoying the pool. Pool door alarms are fitted on all doors accessing the pool area for anyone worried about the safety of young children. There is also a safety fence (removable) between the patio area and pool for extra safety.

The price right now is $110-$172 per night, yet there’s actually quite a few similar properties in the area. So, I’m pretty certain I could get our stay well below the suggested price. I really like that there’s a link to the owners site, so you can do more research and see more photos of each property.

In other words: A whole furnished house for the same price as a hotel room? Pass the carry-on bag!

Staying in a vacation rental home saves money, you have to pack less and you have so much more space and comfort. As well, there’s the appeal of not being in a large facility of travelers hence you are IN that community and experiencing the entirety of the area.

Wantizen provides an easy search for  accommodations, where decide how much or how little you’d like to pay. Now that’s frugal travel for families!

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24 Comments

  1. Oh, I love this idea… traveling with a family as large as ours is super hard, since we can’t really stay in hotels… We love to travel but three kids under 6, means we need a vacation place, not room… I am off to check out this website.

    1. Same here Shauna, with 5 we either have to upgrade to a suite or get 2 rooms – that’s expensive! Not to mention that everyone always has such a better sleep in their own room, in more of a ‘home’ atmosphere.

  2. Stayed at a Vacation home rental in Florida for the first time last winter. Love it! Will have to check out this site for deals, thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. So true Monica, the house we stayed in last Spring could fit 14. That’s a lot of hotel rooms! Such a nice option!

  3. We are planning out summer vacation already, so thanks for the tips! We always loved renting a house in Florida rather than a hotel!!

  4. Thanks for letting us realize that thinking outside the box for amenities while on vacation can be quite wonderful!

  5. We are planning a trip next summer and this is going to help our budget big time. I didn’t know you could find rental homes for vacations. I am going to look into it alot more now. Anything to save money on shelter and add it to the fun fund is a bonus for us all 🙂 Happy Holidays. I hope your next vacation ROCKS!

  6. I so agree not a winter person here..Do like to see snow just for Christmas..but would not have a problem living in FL

  7. That sounds like a very wonderful option. I amsure the chidlren would much rather stary at someplace that is more like home. cool

  8. I love that you found this website. My sister has seizures so sometimes she cant do all the things my kids want to do. I love that she would be able to stay with family and even go swimming and allow her to feel like shes on vacation and not just trapped in a hotel room. Also I love the idea of a villa or house as its a lot bigger and everyone is not cramped on top of each other.This also lets mom and dad have some alone private time 🙂

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