I’m a huge fan of using vacation rental properties for family vacations. I’ve been renting apartments, condos and houses for our vacation accommodation since BigB turned two – and we discovered that two young children in one hotel room can be problematic for everyone’s sleep needs. I’ve recommended using vacation rental properties in my WanderTips article on Planning a Destination Family Reunion and reviewed the properties we’ve used in Tuscany and Ireland on this blog.
But for this HomeAway contest, I have a special reason for wanting to rent this beautiful property in Ajijic, Mexico on the shores of Lake Chapala: I’d like to give it as a gift to my sister and her husband when they go to this part of Mexico in 2009 to meet the baby they will be adopting. It’s been a long, difficult journey for them to get to this point – not least because as members of a large, Irish, Catholic (surprise!) family they’ve watched and supported as siblings have married and babies were born while themselves struggling with fertility issues.
When they go to Mexico, like all first-time parents they’ll be adjusting to having a new, beautiful family member. It would be fantastic to be able to help them with this transition by looking after the important, practical detail of accommodation for them. The best thing about this stunning four bedroom, four bathroom property? It’s big enough that the WanderDad and I and our boys (as the only family members living on this side of the Atlantic) will be able to join them there and help out with laundry, cooking or whatever else they need – and not crowd out this new family’s personal space. A win-win situation for everyone – sounds like a contest-winner to me 🙂