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Creating Summer Vacation Memories with Your Kids

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Today’s walk down memory lane is brought to you by Homeaway. 

I have many fond memories of wonderful family vacations when I was a little girl. I was blessed to have young grandparents who retired when I was two years old. I was also the only grandchild, so this provided opportunities for endless fun and making memories together. The time I have spent with them over the years is priceless! We went on many adventures together while I was growing up: trips to Disney, Olentangyin Caverns, Sea World, skiing in the winter and more. Each of these trips represents some of my favorite memories.

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One of my favorite parts of our vacations was the beautiful rental homes we stayed in. When I was a four-year-old we stayed at a condo on Placida Beach in Florida. I can still clearly remember that condo — there was a spiral staircase that I was completely in love with! Now as an adult, it’s amazing to me some of the details I remember. These trips clearly made a big impact on me. 

Since I so clearly remember what I loved as a kid, I offer suggestions about vacation possibilities but I listen to my boys’ feedback about what they might like to experience as well. My guys play a big role in planning our vacations. They appreciate being included in the process and I love to hear their imaginations come alive with ideas for adventures. 

Rental Home at Dusk with Pool

HomeAway is the world’s leading online vacation rental marketplace — they boast more than one million listings in 190 countries. They are an excellent, free resource for travelers enabling travelers to rent an entire home for their entire vacation. 

As a mom, this totally thrills me. Enjoying the same, private space for your whole trip sounds completely relaxing. We can also enjoy at least twice the space of a hotel room for half the price. They also offer a huge range of options: condos to castles, there is something for every budget and group size. 

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HomeAway asked Kidfluencers what they wanted on vacation and to tell them about their favorite unique properties. Here are the results…

Enter to Win! 

This summer, HomeAway is empowering kidfluencers by giving them even more control over their family’s travel plans with a chance to win a $5,000 vacation rental stay to anywhere in the United States in 2015. To enter, travelers just need to create a 15 to 60-second video of their kids describing why their family should win a vacation from HomeAway. Upload the video to Instagram, YouTube or Vimeo, using the hashtag #HomeAwayVacation and complete the entry form before May 29, 2015. HomeAway will select 10 finalists that will be voted on by the public from June 8 to 12 to determine the winner. For more details on the contest, visit their site.

As we prepare for a busy summer, I’m looking forward to family time together, building memories that will be as precious as my own childhood memories. 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of HomeAway.

Layne Henderson

Layne is a boy mom in love. Surrounded by three adventurous little men, she's in pursuit of an empty laundry basket, the perfect cup of coffee, and sleep. She blogs, parents, and manages social media while wearing her tiara.