Princesses, pirates and knights… Oh, my! Thank you to our friends at HomeAway for sponsoring this post and introducing to us a whole new world of travel.
I was thinking “quaint” seaside getaway, she had more of a “fancy-dancy” castle in mind. The scene was all too familiar as she looked over my shoulder at the laptop screen while donning a plastic crown, pink feather boa and jeweled sunglasses that could rival Elton John’s. I was visioning a private beach, but clearly she imagined our next family vacay portrait to be taken in the rose garden of a fairytale château. Wait. Rewind. Now I need to come up with a château? How is this even possible? “Aren’t they all museums?” I wondered out loud. Let’s face it, when it comes to making Tot’s dreams come true I can’t say no. Like ever. I love every minute of it. Mission gladly accepted.
This was ultimately her grand idea so I wanted her to really take the reigns on the travel planning this time around. I understand she’s just eight, but this kiddo holds a whopping 33.3% of our family’s vote, and her “kidfluencing” opinion matters greatly to us. As I started to research the possibilities on HomeAway, it did seem like a far-fetched crazy idea after all. In fact, it was pretty rad.
Our family vacation planning quickly turned into a really cool mom/daughter bonding session one Sunday morning as we fell down the virtual rabbit hole made up of all the HomeAway rentals available. Before I we knew it hubs was involved. That’s the point in time we actually considered an island retreat for a brief moment. I don’t mean a tiny hut on the beach – we’re talking complete private island!
After an hour (or two…or three…) of studying the options, it was clear why HomeAway is the world’s leading online vacation rental market place boasting more than one million listings in 190 countries. With HomeAway we’re going from simply eating lunch inside the courtyard of a castle to a whole vacation in a whole castle with our whole family. SUPER-FREAKY-AWESOME!
I’m not going to lie, there’s even a small part of me secretly thrilled to take a rest from hotels. It will be a nice change of pace and give my wallet a well-deserved reprieve. This is going to be a fun experience! While I’ll probably never give up the pampering, nightly turndown and room service entirely, there’s something about the privacy and seclusion HomeAway offers that is appealing. I’m also looking forward to enjoying the overall space of a vacation home versus series of connecting rooms.
Whichever way you dice it, you have to admit the thought of sneaking downstairs at midnight to the “castle kitchen” in your robe for hot chocolate sounds simply: DELIGHTFUL!
A palace, treehouse, tipi or something unique like a windmill? Where would you stay?
Photo credits: Nicole Standley
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