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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.

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Book Direct & Save on Your Vacation

Five Reasons Why Smart Travelers Book Direct

Browsing travel websites is a great way to get an overview of the types of places to rent in various vacation spots. You can see a whole bunch of places at once and sort by price, distance, availability, amenities and other factors.  But smart travelers know that the next step isn’t to click on “Book Now” on those sites but instead to book direct from the property owner or agency that manages the rental.  Here’s why:

  • Websites such as Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway and TripAdvisor add significant traveler fees when you book through them. So do many online travel agencies. You can save substantially by contacting the owner or manager to book direct.
  • Direct contact with the owner or manager makes it easy to communicate special needs without your requests getting “lost in translation.” This provides you with a faster, smoother experience.
  • Many of the best vacation rentals aren’t even listed on major sites because these listings are expensive for property owners. Along the North Carolina coast, for example, only 30% of all rental properties are listed on the major sites. You could be missing out.
  • Owners and managers offer helpful insider’s knowledge that can enhance your experience and save you valuable vacation dollars. Many have special offers, flash sales, and off-season discounts  that they don’t list on the major sites.
  • If you’re looking for a local’s perspective, property owners and managers can give you the most updated information on their rentals and community. They can tell you about new amenities, lesser-known area events, the best restaurants, and hidden gems around town.

In short, if a particular property management or vacation rental firm has a property – or a few properties – that look good to you, go to that company’s website (such as VantageOceanCity.com!) to book direct. Chances are you’ll find more options, avoid hidden fees on travel websites, and have a smooth experience as you gear up for a great vacation.

Book smarter. #bookdirect. You’ll save on your vacation and have a much better experience.






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Book Direct and Save BIG

Vacation Smarter – Book Direct with Vantage

Wednesday, February 7th is #BookDirect day, and whether you’re planning a spring getaway or a summer trip, here are five reasons why reaching out to vacation rental managers to book direct is the strategy of smart travelers.

  • Websites such as Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway and TripAdvisor add significant fees when you book through them. So do many online travel agencies. You can save substantially by contacting the owner or property manager directly.  These precious vacation dollars can be used for other fun things on your vacation like amusement rides, dinner at a local restaurant, or souvenirs on the boardwalk.
  • Direct contact with the owner or property manager makes it easy to communicate special needs without your requests getting “lost in translation.” Here at Vantage we go the extra mile to accommodate our guests and make the experience a smooth one.  We can help you arrange for convenient services such as linen rental, grocery delivery, mid-week cleaning, and more.
  • Many of the best vacation rentals aren’t even listed on major sites, because listings are expensive for owners. Along the North Carolina coast, for example, only 30% of all rental properties are listed on the major sites. You could be missing out.
  • Owners and property managers know the vacation rental and the surrounding area. They can offer insider’s knowledge. Many have special offers they don’t list on the major sites. Visit our Specials Page to see Vantage Vacation Rentals’ current vacation rental deals.
  • Owners and property managers have the most updated information about their property and community. They can give you the inside scoop about new amenities, lesser-known area events and hidden gems that make your vacation memorable.

Book smarter. #bookdirect. You’ll save and have a much better experience. Ready to find your perfect vacation spot? Browse our diverse inventory of more than 500 of Ocean City’s finest vacation rentals at VantageOceanCity.com today!