Recently I had a hankering to take a trip to Humboldt County in Northern California to see the ancient stands of redwoods. While we were there we stayed at the Redwood Suites in Ferndale. We had a lovely room with kitchen. This got me thinking about all the reasons booking a room with a full kitchen is a blessing when traveling. I know you’re probably thinking, “I’m on vacation. I don’t want to cook!” But I’m here to tell you that by planning and cooking just a few meals in your hotel room or vacation rental, you can save hundreds of dollars. It saves in a lot of other ways, too. Here are just six reasons to book a room with a kitchen:
Reason # 1 Cooking while on vacation saves you money
Let’s do the math! My conservative cost estimates are: $30 for breakfast, $25 for snacks, $40 for lunch and $65 for dinner with tip. That $155/day, times 7 days. The average cost for a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children) to eat while on vacation is about $155/day. Total dining costs for a family of 4 for a week’s vacation is $1085 (if you ate every meal out.) Eating out every meal can get pricey. Having the ability to put together a simple meal in your room can help remedy that!
Reason #2 Gives you the opportunity to taste local food
We love to find local farmers markets. They are fun and a great way to get to know the destination. Food, culture and community all come together at a farmers market. You’ll find healthy fruits and veggies, along with a selection of goods by local vendors. They’re great way to spend a day, pick up something new that we are not familiar with, and take it back to the room to prepare it in our room as the locals would and try! (More on Farmers Markets another time.)
Reason #3 Saves time and energy
Many times I travel with teenage grandchildren. They are literally eating all the time! If I don’t bring along food or have the ability to heat it up, store it, or prepare it, then I feel like I am constantly stopping for them to eat something. At the end of a long day sensory stimulating sightseeing a younger children can be too worn-out to face a dinner in a restaurant. This is the stuff melt-downs are made of. If you have a little one, having a kitchen makes life so much easier when heating up baby food/formula.
Reason #4 You know what they’ll eat
I know we’re not the only family with picky eaters. Having a kitchen means you can prepare snacks and meals that you know they’ll eat.
Reason #5 Offers healthier options
Having a place to store and prepare fruits and healthy breakfast and snack options will help you eat healthy while traveling.
Reason #6 Food allergy relief
If you or any of your children have food allergies, you know it can be hard to find foods that meet your needs while traveling.
Having a kitchen is the answer for you! It seems like a small thing, but really, having a kitchen or kitchenette when traveling with kids can really save the day! Access to a kitchen for making meals is a lifesaver.
Take my advice—take next time you travel, seek out a property that offers a full kitchen. You’ll thank me for it later. And while I’m giving advice, make an opportunity to visit Ferndale. It charming Victorian small town in Humboldt County, California.
Originally posted in June, 2016.