Affordable Vacation, Affordable Family Vacation, cheap vacation, cheap family vacation, retreat, sauna, summer vacation, summer family vacation ideas, summer vacation ideas, affordable vacation ideasLooking for family vacation ideas? Summer is fast approaching and if your looking for just the right destination, I have your problem solved! Look no further than AirBnB. Potentially you could even book a stay for free, but I’ll get to that in a minute.

Several years ago I was looking for affordable vacation ideas when I stumbled across a little cottage called Frog Lake on AirBnB. It was the perfect little vacation spot for my daughter and our friends. And, it was only $60 a night!

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I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s the only way I travel. There are so many unique, unforgettable homes out there. Throughout this post you’ll see pictures of some of the amazing places we’ve actually stayed at.

Here are seven reasons AirBnB offers the most memorable and affordable family vacations:

1. You can find unique, cozy, magical places to stay.

What child is going to forget staying in a tree house? (Yes, we really stayed there!) Or cooking dinner over an open fire at an off the grid house in the woods of Vermont? You’ll also be amazed at what gems you can discover hidden in your own back yard. I recently discovered a community of tiny houses about two miles from my house.

2. Most times, homes on AirBnB are cheaper than a hotel and have more of the comforts of home.

I recently went to visit my nephew at college and rented a small house right outside of town. It was perfect. We got to stay in a cute little house with a full bath and kitchen (plus screened in porch with a hot tub.) In the morning we invited my nephew and his girlfriend over for a home cooked breakfast, something college kids don’t often get. The stay was far more comfortable and cheaper than a hotel and it was awesome to sit down and have a real breakfast in a house instead of taking them out to eat at some chain restaurant.

3. Many places offer one night stays.

This is unusual because most bed and breakfasts require a minimum two night stay, especially on the weekends. We’ve had no problems finding affordable vacations on AirBnB when we only wanted to stay one night.

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4. You have less to pack.

Because most AirBnB destinations are homes or cottages, most come with a fully equipped kitchen, first aid supplies, bedding, and sometimes even towels. Being able to pack lighter means less shopping ahead of time and another reason the vacation is more budget friendly.

5. The amenities.

Where do I start? The amenities are one of the main reasons I fell in love with traveling through AirBnB. Many listings have hot tubs or saunas, complimentary bottles of wine, fireplaces, salt lamps, and towel warmers. One place we stayed at even had heated floors! Plus, on one trip, freshly laid eggs from the owner’s chickens were a special treat to use for breakfast.

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6. It’s healing for highly sensitive people.

Having your own space eliminates the anxiety of dealing with a noisy crowded hotel. (Ever room beside a family whose kids won’t stop crying or teenagers who party all night?) Plus, if you aren’t a bed and breakfast person it’s great because typically you’re the only guest. They’re also great for highly sensitive people because there are so many options to be in nature. Nature is amazingly soothing for people who are highly sensitive. At one of the places we stayed at there was a screened in porch with a hot tub facing a creek. Every morning I relaxed in the hot tub, watching a bald eagle fly back and forth above the water looking for its breakfast.

7. If you are a chatty person (like my hubby) you have an opportunity to meet some really awesome homeowners.

Many of the homeowners are kindred spirits who have built the properties themselves and have unique hobbies like raising various types of birds and chickens, making metal sculpture art, or mandala fiber art. One owner even had peacocks. Plus, they are more than happy to direct you to the best local restaurants and events in the area.

You can also save your favorite listings on AirBnB. I look at it as my do-able bucket list.

You might not have the funds or time from work to check big items off of your bucket list like going to the lavender fields in France, or seeing  the pyramids or the ancient ruins of Greece, but creating a wish list on AirBnB is a bucket list you can start working on now. Your Nuturing Nook readers can get a free $40 AirBnB credit on your first booking simply by clicking on my affiliate link. Then, whenever your friends book through your link  (that you can get once you sign up for AirBnB) you can earn $20 for each person, potentially earning a free trip!

Next on my affordable family vacation bucket list? This awesome industrial inspired attic that was actually featured on Urban Outfitter’s website!

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It’s only $99 a night with a one night minimum stay. Amenities include:

    • Air conditioning, central heat
    • Towels, bedsheets, soap, toilet paper
    • Indoor fireplace
    • Laptop friendly workspace, wifi
    • Washer, dryer, iron
    • Bathtub
    • Children’s books, toys, & dinnerware
    • Kitchen

And, don’t forget, AirBnB is not only great for planning cheap vacations, it’s also great for planning personal retreats.

Getting ready to plan your summer vacation? Trying to stay on a budget? Want something unique and memorable? Then start browsing around AirBnB today! Be sure to let us know your favorite finds in the comments.

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