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Traveling On A Budget: Short-Term Apartment Rentals

by Lloyd Pearson

Taking family vacations can be a great way to create memories that last a lifetime. Unfortunately, many families don't have room in their budgets for costly getaways. If you are looking to travel on a budget, then investing in a short-term apartment rental could be just what you need to keep your vacation costs low. 

Here are three unique benefits that a short-term apartment rental can provide your family during your next vacation.

1. Lower your food costs.

Feeding a family while you are away from home can get costly. Experts estimate that the average price of a meal eaten outside the home weighs in at $12.75. When you take into account that you will be paying for three meals each day per person, it's easy to see how food costs alone can break the bank during a family vacation.   

When you choose to invest in a short-term apartment rental, you gain access to a functional kitchen. This allows you to go grocery shopping the day you arrive and prepare meals in the apartment to save money during your vacation.

2. Eliminate pet sitting fees.

If you have a dog or cat, finding someone to watch your animals while you are on vacation can be costly. Boarding a small animal in a pet hotel can cost you anywhere from $30 to $90 per night. Making the choice to rent a short-term apartment for your family's vacation could mean that you are able to bring your pet along.

Many apartment communities are pet-friendly and allow you to bring your pet along on your family vacation. Eliminating pet sitting fees frees up more money for your family to spend on vacation activities.  

3. Access free activities.

Renting a short-term apartment for your family's vacation can provide you with access to many free activities. Most apartment complexes feature swimming pools and hot tubs, and many have biking or walking trails that wind through the property.

Finding a short-term rental that provides a lot of free activities (whether it's gaming consoles and billiards in the clubhouse or community parties and events) will give your family some no-cost entertainment options that can be used to help reduce the overall cost of your vacation.  

Taking advantage of the benefits that short-term apartment leases provide can be a great way to reduce your vacation costs in the future. Look into short-term apartments (such as those from Corporate Habitat) in your destination city to reduce your food costs, eliminate pet sitting fees, and gain access to free entertainment for the whole family.