How do you book a vacation? Do you pick a place then search online for good flight and hotel deals? Me too- until a year ago.
The first time we rented someone’s private apartment was last October in Cannes, France. It was a spacious three bedroom place located on Rue d’Antibes, one of the city’s premier shopping destinations. I’m not exactly sure how we found it (a friend who shared the place with us handled the arrangements) but it was an excellent deal, very comfortable, and ideally located.
Here are a few photos of the place-
We decided to rent another private residence on our recent trip to Hawaii. This time we used VRBO. It stands for “Vacation Rentals by Owner” and it’s probably the best thing that’s happened to vacations since frequent flier miles.
We scored a one bedroom, two bathroom condo in Maui for under $150/night. That’s at least $100/night less than any of the surrounding resorts.
It offered all the comforts of home (our own bathrooms, a full kitchen, free wifi) plus the luxuries I anticipate on a luxurious tropical vacation (king sized bed, spectacular views). Here are a few photos of that place-
Nice and homey, right? From start to finish, it was a wonderful experience. We corresponded directly with the owners and they were able to accommodate our specific travel dates. The place looked just like the photos and there was a local contact available in case of emergencies.
I highly recommend using VRBO to get a great deal for your next trip. Just a couple of things you should know before booking:
- As private residences, the rentals don’t include daily housekeeping services
- Unlike hotels, they don’t provide toiletries so make sure to pack your own or plan to purchase some when you arrive at your destination.
We will definitely vacation this way again. Even though the accommodations aren’t as luxurious as fine hotels, they’ve always been very clean, comfortable, and way more economical.
Have you ever vacationed this way? What was your experience like?