Shel Horowitz's Monthly Frugal Fun Tip for July, 2000, Vol. 4, No. 3
Plan a Successful Cottage or Cabin Vacation
If you like resort areas, investigate cottages and cabins. Often, you get more space and kitchen privileges for a much lower price than hotels, motels, and B&Bs. A few times, we've rented cottages and shared them with another family.
An enjoyable cottage vacation takes a bit more planning, but gives you more control over your trip. Here are a few ideas to make yours a success
1) Know what is or isn't included
Is there heat? air conditioning? a fan for every bedroom? How is trash removal handled? A portable space heater isn't a bad idea to take the morning chill off for a few minutes.
Are the outlets two-prong or three? (if the latter, you may need to bring an adapter plug)
What's nearby? Swimming and boating? tennis? nature trails? bike paths?
2) Shop ahead
If you like to bicycle, it may actually be cheaper to buy a bike rack for your car and bring your own than to rent bikes for a family of four for a week--and that purchase will last a long time. Of course, you miss the fun of riding the latest and greatest, like the wonderful cross-training bikes we rented last year on Martha's Vineyard (it was real hard to go back to my ancient 10-speed!).
3) Plan for bad weather
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