Finding Vacation Homes to Rent

Have you ever wanted to stay in a Villa in Italy or Spain? How about a luxury condo in Hawaii? A colonial plantation house in Virginia? Well finding vacation homes to rent is not that hard and with a little research you can stay in your dream home, often for less than you would pay for a dull old hotel room.

There are many sources on the web, the first step is to identify what you want. Determine how many people will be going, where you are going to vacation, how long you will be there, and what amenities you want. How close to town do you want to be? With this information figured out start your research for the perfect vacation home rental.

Using your favorite search engine look for vacation rentals in the area you wish to stay. If you are traveling to Europe you should also include “agritourismos” and “apartments”. Unlike in the States many Europeans maintain apartments for rental by the day or week. Vacation homes often require a minimum stay, so focus on using these as a base from which to explore your chosen vacation spot.

There are a lot of benefits to staying in a vacation home. One big advantage in finding a vacation home versus a hotel is the ability to cook, a significant savings and a real budget stretcher. Even if you only use the kitchen for breakfast and lunch you will find that you need a lot less cash for food when there is a full kitchen. We love to go grocery shopping in the villages where we stay, going to farmers markets, local bakeries and butchers, as well as super markets. These shops offer an insight into the way folks live in the places we visit. Shopping and cooking will save you money and provide you with a richer travel experience.

Another advantage in choosing vacation homes to rent is staying in the community versus a hotel in the tourist center. Many of vacation homes are located in neighborhoods or, in the case of the agritourismos, in the countryside. You are not surrounded by throngs of fellow tourists, instead you are among locals. This often allows you to discover the less travelled sites as well as getting the flavor of the place.

Vacation homes, unlike hotels, allow for larger groups to stay together and enjoy each other’s company in comfort. Remember, these homes have everything you enjoy in your own home as well as many of the amenities found in resorts such as private pools and patios. Many have yards and even allow pets.

Lastly, vacation homes often rent for significantly less than comparably appointed hotels. Add the lower nightly rate per person with the savings on food and the greater opportunity to explore and be with the local population and you have a real winning combination.

Finding great vacation homes to rent is fun, staying in a rental vacation home is even better. So, get going search for and book this truly enjoyable alternative to the hotel scene on your next vacation. Build great memories with your family and friends, save money, and stay in luxury. Life is too short to always stay at a hotel, stay in a villa, you won’t regret it.