There's one ingredient that's absolutely indispensible when planning the perfect budget-conscious family vacation: A fabulous pool.
Now that she knows the advantages of renting a private home when she travels, you'd be hard-pressed to convince Meg Carter to put her family of four in a hotel room. If you think a vacation rental is right for your family, here's how to begin your search for the perfect place.
Great deals at major hotels usually turn up off-season or at the last minute, but here's another tactic families can try: work with a hotel consolidator (also called a hotel broker or discounter).
Tips and tricks for finding a hotel that best suits your family's needs
Going on vacation doesn't have to mean planning every minute of your day while you're away, but you should invest a little preparation. Here's advice to make sure your vacation is just what it should be -- fun and relaxing.