I was chatting with a neighbor today about an upcoming mini vacation the kids will have in October over a long weekend that also happens to be my birthday weekend. After debating Great Wolf Lodge in TX and maybe the St. Louis Zoo and even Cancun for ultimate kid-fun I dialed it back in and decided – this is MY birthday weekend and by God we’re going to do something I want to do with those four days.
We do Disney and their cruises quite a bit. My family has a house in the Destin area. But there are TWO places in Florida I used to go as a kid all the time that I haven’t seen in years – Navarre Beach and Sarasota. Only one of those is conducive drive-wise for a 4, ok 5, day trip. NAVARRE!
I want no crowds, relaxation, seashell hunting, beach (GULF) front, family time, seafood, feet up, sea air, sound of waves – THE END. This means I want a home not a hotel. And I found and rented one in under a day, total effort 10 minutes max once I checked out probably two dozen options. Checked out the homes online, read the reviews, asked a couple questions, deposit made.
The neighbor I talked with earlier had never heard of VRBO. I won’t lie, I like to be resort-pampered, but when it comes to straight beach vacation, if I’m craving beach front I’m craving a house all my own. And it’s SO EASY.
- Visit VRBO.com
- Surf the homes
- Pick one
- Negotiate (optional)
It’s such fun! The reviews are legit. It’s like you have your own vacation home and most times it’s more economical than paying for a resort.
End of October I’ll review the actual vacation home experience, but the rental portion — FAB! And just imagining enjoying the coffee sitting (see below) every morning? FABBER!