Vacation Lodging with Kitchens Provide Big Savings

Traveling doesn't have to ruin your diet or your budget.

Budgeting for food expenditures during travel to any destination can be almost as difficult as forecasting the week's weather. When staying at a traditional hotel, the challenge is multiplied as travelers face the added expense of dining out for breakfast, lunch and dinner. While the majority of quality hotels may provide a coffee maker, they do not offer full kitchens. Professionally managed vacation rentals such as those of Century 21 Thomas in North Myrtle Beach, SC, allow guests to enjoy their favorite (and often healthier) meals and snacks, as each property provides a full kitchen stocked with clean utensils, pots, pans, plates and ample cabinet/refrigerator space for food storage.

"Our guests often comment that some of their best vacation memories are enjoying a 'Big Chill' dinner or a beachside backyard cookout at the home they have rented," explained Mike Harrell, Marketing Director for Century 21 Thomas Beach Vacations. "They love being able to dine on their own timetable and especially having the freedom to have a casual breakfast while still in their PJs."

Often costing less than a single hotel room, vacation rentals from Century 21 Thomas Beach Vacations and similar vacation rental management companies provide travelers an accommodations lifestyle unlike any other, with considerably more space (both for living and dining), amenities, guest services and privacy than other, more traditional lodging options. For answers to common questions, along with additional tips and tools for choosing a rental that fits travelers' needs and budgets, visit Discover Vacation Homes. For more information on individual beach vacation rentals in North Myrtle Beach, check out the selections at Century 21 Thomas Beach Vacations.

Dining on a Dime

The average daily cost for lunch at a full-service restaurant for a family of four is approximately $40.00; dinner prices can jump as much as $6/person totaling $64/day. As the majority of traditional hotels do not offer in-room kitchens or adequate amounts of pantry space, many families have no option other than to dine out for all three meals each day. Access to a full kitchen adds up to major savings for trips of any duration. Just consider; enjoying cereal for breakfast or sandwiches for lunch, rather than a full-scale restaurant meal, can save enough for additional fun activities, a nice night out, or more!

Sticking to a Healthy Living Meal Plan

While on vacation, travelers can easily consume more than 4,000 calories a day, translating into an average 5-pound weight gain for a one-week trip. With an in-home kitchen, vacation rental guests are no longer slaves to fast food or other high fat dining options, but are now back in control of their personal menu, allowing them to cook their food, shop for healthy snacks and accurately monitor their caloric intake.

~ contains exerpts from a VRMA Newsletter

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