A couple weeks ago, we packed up the car and headed south on vacation. The first couple of days we stayed in Kentucky to visit Mammoth Cave. The second portion of our travels took us to Tennessee, to visit the Smokey Mountains and also do some zip-lining.
While on this trip, we stayed in 2 different hotels (obviously). The differences in hotels made me think about how important accommodations are, especially as your family size increases.
Hotel 1 was located in a town that did not have many hotel options. Our room was the typical hotel room that had 2 double beds, dresser, and a desk. One room is a very small space for 2 adults and 3 kids, and the space gets even smaller at night because we always bring an air mattress for someone to sleep on. I must say I do not enjoy tripping/stepping over that air mattress as I stumble around at night to head to the bathroom. However, it is totally worth it because 3 people in a tiny hotel bed is one person too many! Anyway, our stay at the hotel was fine, but it was cramped and pretty uncomfortable. However, the price was right at under $100 per night.
Hotel 2 was situated along a river in more of a resort area. The room itself was more like a Condo. It had 2 bedrooms, a kitchen, living area, etc. There was plenty of room, and if someone was tired, they could go to bed without everyone else having to go to sleep too. However Hotel 2 was over twice the price.
So, was Hotel 2 worth the extra money for us? Absolutely. When we go on vacation, I want comfort, and vacation is one thing I am willing to spend money on. For me, trips are supposed to be a break from everyday life. Therefore, I would rather wait to take a vacation where I can afford to be comfortable than rush a trip and end up crammed into a tiny space, watching every penny along the way. However, to keep costs down, I do take the time to plan far enough in advance so I can find the best deals and also find a hotel room that will comfortably accommodate our family.
What about you? Do you think we are crazy to pay all that extra money for more space? How do you like to travel?