Vacations are important. They are family times and they also help us to recharge. Hotel rooms can be very expensive especially in the summer. There are times when it would not be possible if it was not for the option to stay with family on vacation. Staying with family on vacation has some really great advantages.
The primary one, of course, is that it is very cost effective. With a week at a hotel running anywhere from $700 to well over $2,000, it is extremely cost effective to stay with family. Families also tend to provide most meals, with of course some financial donations from guests and this can be another great saving. You will, of course, want to take your hosts out for a meal and bring a nice thank you gift but still, the savings will be substantial.
Being a good guest is also important. Don’t cause a lot of extra work or expect to be waited on as if you were at a resort. Respect your host’s home and privacy and fit your schedule to theirs. They may not be on vacation and if they have to go to work don’t try to keep them up all hours of the night.
The great thing is that your family lives in this area. They will know all the best things to see and do and it is wise to engage them in helping you plan your days. If you are lucky, they will have the time to be able to show you around themselves. Talk to them about what you have planned each day just in case they have made some plans that include you.
Vacationing with family is a great chance to catch up. You may not get to see family except at funerals and weddings and this a great opportunity to catch up on all the latest family news and to reminisce about things from the past. This can help forge new family bonds for another generation, especially if you have children of a similar age.
We have been staying in my mother's family home for as long as I can remember. It was my aunt's house in Canada for most of that time and now it belongs to my cousin who welcomes us anytime we want to visit.
We always consider our home in Florida an open house to any family or friends who want to visit.
If you are a single traveler, staying with family is not only safe it gives you someone to go out adventuring with. It can be a cousin, your nieces, and nephews or your grandparents or parents. It might be the perfect time to develop a great relationship with your sister or brother in law.
Staying with family can offer many advantages. One thing to keep in mind is the famous quote from Ben Franklin “ Fish and guests stink after 3 days”. Make your visits short and sweet, be a welcome guest who doesn’t inconvenience your hosts and chances are you will be invited back year after year.