Booking our first ‘family trip’ abroad with Villas.com #InstantFreedom
You may remember back at the start of 2015 I posted that our focus for this year was going to be Home and Away (not the Aussie TV show) and this is all going well so far. I’ll tell you more about the ‘home’ developments in a separate post over the next couple of weeks but for now I’m excited to tell you that the ‘away’ part of our focus is also progressing nicely.
In October last year I was invited to a special event being held by Booking.com to introduce us to their sister company Villas.com. Well now we have been invited to experience their #InstantFreedom campaign where they have challenged us to book a last minute family weekend/week away courtesy of Villas.com. I have mentioned previously the last time we travelled abroad was October 2007 with Hubby, Curly and my Mum when I was in the early weeks of pregnant with Little Bean so the younger Beans have never experienced air travel or been to foreign shores. This is a very exciting time for us.
In the past we have always booked package holidays so this is a completely new experience but nonetheless one which we found very easy thanks to the great website Villas.com have created. We didn’t really know where we wanted to go so long as it was somewhere that would be warm and not too far away for flight times so we looked to the Balearic Island of Menorca. If you don’t know where you want to go you can scroll down on the landing page for inspiration; choose from Beach, Countryside or Mountains or search via Popular Destination or Country.
Having three younger children we are a little nervous about taking them all abroad but it is something they have been nagging us about for a while since so many of their friends have been telling them of their trips on airplanes and the big outdoor swimming pools. After many discussions we decided that the best option for us when going on holiday would be to start with a Villa with it’s own private pool so that we would only have our own four children to keep our eyes on, rather than having to look for four children amongst a sea of bodies in a hotel pool.
Once you have selected your dates, destination and party size you will be shown the results of your search. There were 357 Holiday Rentals in Menorca, we then filtered the Holiday Rentals using the tick boxes on the side to select; number of bedrooms, price bracket, property type, outdoor facilities, indoor facilities, pet friendly, parking, distance to beach, review score and theme to be sure of getting exactly what we were looking for and reduced that number to 3.
We chose Villas Menorca Sur because we liked that it was self-contained and yet spacious enough for a family of 6. Reading the reviews it was nice to see that it was a top choice with families and not too far from Menorca airport which will cut the cost of transfers and reduce travelling time. Hubby is about to start a new job so we haven’t been able to book a full week away and instead have opted for a long weekend as a tester for our first ‘holiday’ in the sun with the Beans.
When making the final decision on your Villa/Apartment/Holiday Home or Hotel you can read up on all the important information so that you are able to make an informed choice on whether the property is the one for you.
You can view a map to see exactly where your property lies in relation to the beaches, airport and nearby towns as well as read up on reviews by previous guests including score breakdown.
Since making our booking I’ve been very happy with the Customer Service received from the Villa so far. They have emailed regularly to ensure that we have all the information that we need to be fully prepared for our trip. I shall be reporting back after our trip to tell you how it went.