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Large Group Family Vacations

How to Plan an Easy Large Group Vacation

Get the Whole Gang Together Stress-Free

Travel planning takes lots of coordination and flexibility—especially when your group spans multiple generations. With our advice, everyone from your kids to grandma to your second cousin once-removed can experience a stress-free Ocean City vacation.

Plan your itinerary together—and write it all down

It’s bound to happen in large groups, especially with lots of kids, teens and tweens in the mix. Some will want to ride go-carts or hit the waterslide while others want to play mini-golf or do some shopping. (Adults can have their own preferences, too!)

Taking the time to create an itinerary together early in your stay will help to ensure that all involved get a chance to do something they want. Sure, there will be compromises, but all parties will be well-aware beforehand. And knowing their activity is part of the plan should make younger family members more willing participants.

Plan outings suited for large groups

Assateague Island National Park

It just takes a little digging to find destinations that will interest (almost) every family member. Surely there is something that’s new and surprising to everyone at Ocean City’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum. Tanger Outlets has enough stores and restaurants to appease double-digit families. And the horses of Assateague Island National Park are sure to captivate your whole crew. Wherever you go, remember to allow some extra time. Getting large groups ready and out the door can be a challenge.

Go your own way

When vacationing with extended family members or multiple families, you may feel pressured to do everything as one large group, from morning to night. But some separation can make vacation memories sweeter. Make sure everyone understands at the beginning of the trip that it’s perfectly acceptable to break off into smaller groups for activities and meals. If you and another family have children, consider taking turns doing things with all the kids and giving the other grownups some alone time. You’ll all end up at the same place at the end of the day, and you’ll definitely have plenty of time to spend together.

Expect the unexpected—and roll with it

All the planning in the world can’t account for bad weather, a closed attraction or a kid with a cold. Being flexible, especially with the youngest and oldest members of the group, will ease tension on your vacation. Adapting to changing situations will also help the family stay in the present moment, rather than lamenting what may have been missed or rushing toward the next thing. Going back to the itinerary idea, you may want to prepare a special list of things to do on rainy days or extremely hot days.

Choose a property with amenities that make life easier

Living room of St. Kitts 403

When vacationing with a large group, opting for space is one of the smartest things you can do. Make sure there are enough bedrooms, extra bathrooms, a comfortable living space where everyone can sit—or even multiple living spaces—and a designated area for kids to play by themselves.

Don’t underestimate the conveniences of home, either. Especially for an extended stay, having a fully-equipped kitchen, a washer/dryer, central air conditioning, Wi-Fi access and TVs will ensure everyone has their own space and comforts—and a stress-free time.

Determine a budget that works for the whole family

Before the trip planning process even begins, you need to talk budget. Vacationing in volume means some family members might be able to open their wallets wider than others. Determining—at least roughly—the amount you’ll spend when embarking on activities together will alleviate the stress of feeling pressured or having to make big choices in the middle of your getaway.

Share meal responsibilities

With a fully stocked kitchen, you may not want to eat out for every meal. To avoid breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner prep falling on one family member, plan to share the cooking. You can divide by days or particular types of meal. Having everyone chip in for pizza or crabs is always a winner.

Ask older kids to babysit

Evening out with friends

Just because you’re on a family vacation doesn’t mean you can’t have an evening away. If the kids in your group are a variety of ages, have the teenagers babysit! In addition to allowing you a nice, quiet adult meal, the kids—perhaps cousins who don’t see each other often—can make a night of it, too, with popcorn and a movie.

Book your big family vacation today

Now you’re ready to plan your next Ocean City, Maryland, stress-free getaway. Vantage Vacation Rentals has plenty of rental properties ideally suited to large and multiple families. Contact a friendly Vantage reservation specialist today at (410) 723-2002, or browse and book direct at www.VantageOceanCity.com.

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

Winter at the Beach | Chill Out in OCMD

Often times, people don`t pair the winter season with feeling the sand between their toes; however, the winter season can be a great time to travel to the beach. There are plenty of advantages of traveling to Ocean City, Maryland during the colder season. Come discover why we love winter at the beach!

Less Crowds

Not a fan of large summer crowds? You won`t have to deal with the chaos of crowds on the Boardwalk if you visit Ocean City during the winter months. During these months, you will find less people on the beach, driving on Coastal Highway, or just around town, making it a much more peaceful and relaxing vacation experience. If you choose to drive to Ocean City, you will also have the luxury of not experiencing the usual beach traffic that is almost inevitable during the summer months.

Save Money

There are a variety of deals that occur during winter in Ocean City from restaurant deals to activity savings. You can also take advantage of our lower prices on Vantage vacation rentals during the winter season. Interested in a stay during the holidays? Check out our current special here where you can have a pre-lit tree in your vacation rental without the hassle of setting it up or taking it down (we will take care of that) for just $49. This deal also comes with a festive starter amenities bag and a special surprise!

Experience Holiday Events

Get a change of scenery for the holiday season and head to the beach for one of the iconic events that the town has to offer. Ocean City hosts their signature Winterfest of Lights event at Northeast Park from now until January 3, 2016 which features over one million holiday lights. Climb aboard the Winterfest Express and explore the many exhibits along with seeing the iconic 50-foot Christmas tree. Interested in ringing in the New Year at the beach? Stay over New Year`s Eve weekend and attend the free fireworks show along with live entertainment.

Get Active

From October 1st to April 30th, Ocean City allows travelers to walk their dogs on the beach and Boardwalk. Keep in mind that dogs must be leashed at all times and that owners are required to remove any waste. In addition, if you choose to bring your pet, you must stay in a pet-friendly Vantage rental or keep your dog in a kennel. During the winter, you can also bike, roller blade or skateboard on the Boardwalk at your leisure.

Give us a call or browse our website to find your perfect rental to enjoy winter at the beach!

Ocean City, MD Named Top Destination

Congrats to the town of Ocean City, MD for starting 2015 off with a bang! Flipkey.com recently released its list of the Top 10 Trending Vacation Rental Destinations for 2015, naming Ocean City, MD as #4. This ranking is based upon the number of booking requests placed by travelers at the Flipkey website, which puts OCMD up there with popular destinations like Miami Beach, Orlando, and Key West, FL.

As a premier Ocean City vacation rental company and proud bunch of OC Locals, the Vantage Vacation Rentals staff is thrilled to see our beloved beach town in such high demand. It`s not hard to see why! Ocean City boasts ten miles of pristine beaches, a historic wooden boardwalk, hundreds of events year-round, and truly something for everyone in the family making it a great place for multi-generational travel. Its close proximity to Baltimore, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia makes for an easy drive (about 2 hours & 40 minutes), whether you`re visiting for a week, weekend, or even a daytrip.

Like Flipkey, Vantage is also seeing a higher-than-usual demand for our Ocean City vacation rentals this year, with many guests booking their vacations far in advance. As a result, our most popular homes and dates are already filling up. If you are planning a visit to Ocean City, MD in 2015, give us a call (800.555.4099) so we can help you find the perfect spot!

Enter to Win | Jolly Roger Giveaway

We’re so excited about our newly-redesigned website that we want you to try it out! Now through Jan. 25th, enter to win our Jolly Roger Giveaway just by visiting VantageOceanCity.com through our Jolly Roger Giveaway page. Plus, you can increase your chances of winning and earn additional entries by sharing our contest with friends, or following us on Pinterest. Prize is 2 Daytime “Park & Pier” armbands to Jolly Roger Amusement Park in 2015 ($40 value). Visit our Jolly Roger Giveaway page now to enter!