Vacations are just the best. Don’t you agree? Half the fun is planning where to go and where you’ll stay. Even though I appreciate a good hotel, more and more I gravitate toward vacation rentals. I love feeling like a local during my stay, and rentals allow you to become part of the city. Plus, they’re typically less expensive and have more space.
If you’re new to the rental scene, some of the well-known sites are Airbnb and HomeAway. When researching rentals, I look for places that people have already tried, have good ratings and include the amenities I’m looking for. Make sure you read all the details of the property overview. You may find they charge an extra cleaning fee or have an early check-out time. It still takes just as much research as finding a hotel, but my experiences have always been more memorable.
On a trip to the South of France, my boyfriend and I used Airbnb to book a duplex in an 18th century farm house (très romantique!). The owners were so lovely, and we enjoyed cooking together and relaxing in their garden.
Another memorable vacation was a recent girls’ trip to New York City. We used HomeAway to book a trendy brownstone apartment in Harlem. There was plenty of space for five people – way more than a hotel room – and it was cool to feel the energy of the area.
If you’re in the mood to discover some truly unique rentals, check out Airbnb’s roundups (link: https://www.airbnb.com/