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Home Away leads the pack in vacation rental websites with superior search functionality, one of the largest property listings, and global vacation spots to meet anyone's needs. If you're considering a vacation rental for your next trip, Home Away should be your first stop.

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With the most listings of any vacation rental site, Airbnb is sure to have accommodations that meet your needs - from New York to New Delhi. You'll also find a fun array of "Experiences" to choose from, to enhance your travel and discover some once-in-a-lifetime opportunities at your destination.

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Vacation Home Rentals is a straightforward, no frills website with thousands of rental proprieties available for your vacation needs. Search results feature nice pictures of homes, condos, cabins, apartments and more along with detailed information about the property, local entertainment and any reviews left by prior renters.

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Vacation Rentals by Owner or VRBO is a website specializing in private vacation homes that are for rent. With 150,000 vacation homes spanning the globe you can count on finding the right vacation rental anywhere in the world. But, based on some of the search challenges this might take you longer than those companies ranked higher.

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Direct Vacation Rentals has the potential for a good vacation rental site but lacked rental listings and a clean clear website. It took us longer at Direct Vacation Rentals to get our baring and learn how to navigate the site. Some search efforts brought up bad results and many listings had missing pictures and information.

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If you're ready to think outside of the box and let someone stay in your home while you stay in theirs, you might want to take a look at Home Exchange. With more than 65,000 members around the world, there are many possibilities. But if you're looking for a traditional vacation rental - on your own schedule, with no obligation to open your own home to a stranger in return - this may not be the right choice for you.

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Vacation Rentals

A vacation rental is a term used by the travel industry that refers to renting a furnished apartment, condo or home for a temporary basis. Rentals can range from an inexpensive one bedroom economy apartment to a lavish 6 bedroom home on a golf course overlooking the ocean.

These vacation rental properties are generally owned by individuals who generate income by renting while they're not being used. Other properties may be owned by management companies and run more like a hotel. Either way, a vacation rental property is an excellent way to save costs and have more privacy. Vacation rental properties are also great for holding a large group of family or friends in a quaint, relaxed setting.

Many owners are making their homes available for rent through vacation rental websites that allow vacationers the opportunity to see pictures and learn about the property, location, and dates available. You may also contact the property owner through the website and discuss the terms of the agreement and payment arrangements.

However, not all vacation rental websites are the same. Using one with the specific qualities you want will save you lots of time and energy. Some of the important attributes you should look for before finding your next vacation rental property include:

  • Search. How easy is it to search vacation rental properties and find exactly what you're looking for
  • Properties. How broad is the listing of vacation rental properties For example, if you're looking to stay in Fort Myers Beach will you have 2 or 25 homes to choose from
  • Locations. Where are the vacation rental properties located If a website has limited listings in certain regions, knowing that in advance will you save time and frustration. has reviewed and ranked the best Vacation Rentals available today. We hope this information helps you find the perfect vacation home that meets your needs!

Vacation Rentals In The News

Australia: America's Favorite Place for Vacation Rentals

Americans looking for rental getaways overwhelmingly prefer Australia. Melbourne, Australia, was the top choice for vacation rentals in 2017, according to an analysis of trips booked through Expedia, the travel-service site said Wednesday in a news release.

Published:  Fri, 15 Dec 2017 02:02:00 GMT

Fresh Off Lost Chairmanship and Vacation Rental Debacle, Sherman Unloads

It's been a long week at City Hall for Republican City Councilman Scott Sherman. First, a deal he helped broker to pass vacation rental regulations crumbled. Then he lost his post as chair of a committee he'd hoped could push forward major housing ...

Published:  Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:06:00 GMT

Short-term vacation rental problem isn't going away soon

Tom Coat's letter ("Airbnb proposal is not really a compromise" Dec. 12) has it partially right, as was the U-T editorial board when it stated that "investors see San Diego homes as gold mines" by converting homes into mini-hotels or just renting them ...

Published:  Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:54:00 GMT

City's Vacation Home Rentals hope to net $30K annually

TWENTYNINE PALMS - The city council has approved a voluntary collection agreement with Airbnb, Inc. for transient occupancy taxes within city limits. The new tax becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2018 to collect and remit transient occupancy taxes on behalf ...

Published:  Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:48:00 GMT

Weekend getaways, Australian vacation rentals and...

"With millions of searches each year, here at Expedia we're in a unique position to understand traveler behaviors, priorities and overall travel trends," says John Morrey, vice president and general manager, brand. "Looking at this year's top ...

Published:  Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:25:00 GMT

Ban on Short-Term Vacation Rentals in San Diego Fails Again

Councilwoman Barbara Bry (center), flanked by Councilwoman Lorie Zapf (right), speaks in support of the ban with KUSI on the eve of the council vote. Photo: @BarbaraBrySD/Twitter The City Council Tuesday evening failed again to approve regulations ...

Published:  Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:55:00 GMT

What Hawaiian Locals Will Judge You For on Your Island Vacation

Failing to rent a car for your Hawaiian vacation is a classic rookie mistake. It's hard to do any of the islands of Hawaii without renting a car because there's so much to see and take in. Lots of Hawaiian travel packages even come with car rental ...

Published:  Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:29:00 GMT

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