July is National Vacation Rental Month and what lovely timing? We just returned from our first family beach vacation and we’re about to leave for a trip to San Francisco for a fun getaway just the two of us. I love to travel and with a little one, I love the idea of vacation rentals.

When we plan a vacation, we usually plan it a month or two out, but this last one was just a week before the trip. Can you believe it? Planning that quickly was so exciting. I loved knowing that we’d be leaving just one week later. But planning vacations in advance is great because you have something to look forward to for a long time.

I’ve always had it stuck in my mind that someday I would take a vacation with a few other families-some of our closest friends and their children and rent a big beautiful home somewhere warm, preferably in the middle of our long cold Minnesota winters. And with Wyndham Vacation Rentals, searching is easy.

I did several searches to find some options that would work for large families. I love this beautiful 3 bedroom home in Marrakech, Morocco.

Or this 9 plus bedroom beach home plus a carriage house in Destin, Florida that can sleep 34 people! THIRTY FOUR! That could be eight to 10 families for a vacation at a beautiful beach home with a giant pool, amazing updated kitchen and gorgeous bathrooms. Wow! Seriously. Check out the image gallery. The bunk room would be so much fun for kids.

And just for fun, I checked out the offerings in Vail, Colorado in October. We went there for our anniversary last October and it was lovely! The condo offerings are beautiful and very affordable for a small family.

After traveling with Bodhi recently and ending up in a hotel room we realized that renting a larger space is definitely better with a tot. Staying in a vacation rental offers more space and many of the conveniences of home such as full kitchens, washer/dryers units and multiple bedrooms. But condos, timeshares and other options can be very hit or miss.

For peace of mind, I would definitely book with a professionally managed vacation rental company Wyndham Vacation Rentals® that has a “Vacation Rental Bill of Rights®” service pledge ensuring quality standards which include vetted rentals with accurate images, great customer service and real-time payment and bookings. I always trust the photos on websites and have learned my lesson after a few bad experiences.

Wyndham Vacation Rentals is offering summer deals at up to 35 percent off nightly rates on bookings made throughout July at If you think you can pull it off, consider a last minute family trip. It’s SO worth it!

In the U.S., Wyndham Vacation Rentals’ properties range from private homes, resorts condos and villas in beach destinations such as Florida, South Carolina, Delaware and Alabama’s Gulf Coast to mountain-side condos and luxury cabins in Colorado, Utah, Tennessee and Idaho.

With Wyndham Vacation Rentals, travelers may enjoy the best of both worlds – the space and comfort of home with the conveniences and amenities of a hotel stay including housekeeping, Wi-Fi, shuttle services and a concierge desk.

OK, please share! Where have you been lately or where are you dying to go? We are already contemplating our next family vacation and I’d love to hear from you.

Disclaimer: I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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