Out of habit, many travelers book hotel rooms for their vacations, but renting a home from Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO) can often be much less expensive. It can also be more convenient, as travelers can cook their own food in a home's kitchen versus eating all of their meals out in restaurants. In addition, many of VRBO's rental properties include extras such as bicycles, a collection of DVDs, or even baby necessities like cribs and high chairs.
VRBO's vacation rentals will almost always give travelers more space for their dollar than a hotel room would. An average vacation rental is typically about 1,850 square feet, while the average size for a hotel room is about 325 square feet. And because vacation rentals typically do not have daily maid service, they are usually cheaper to rent than hotel rooms.
Large family groups and gatherings can also save money by choosing one of VRBO's vacation rentals over a hotel room, which often have restrictions on the number of guests per unit. It is not uncommon for three or four families to rent a large house from VRBO and then split the cost, resulting in a much cheaper per day rate than they could have obtained at a hotel. To save even more money on a VRBO property, travelers should look for promo codes online.
Finding a property in a specific vacation locale on VRBO won't be a problem. VRBO lists more than 160,000 properties of every size and type in all 50 states and in 100 countries throughout the world, including many in Europe, South and Central America, the South Pacific, Africa and Asia. In addition, travelers can find properties in all types of locations, including at the beach, in the mountains, in the city or in the country. VRBO's accommodation offerings range in size from huge multistory properties to small, rustic cabins to chic lofts. Additionally, pet lovers can choose from approximately 25,000 properties that will welcome their furry friends. These listings are designated with a purple paw.
Travelers won't find any surprises when renting a VRBO property. Each listing contains a thorough description of a property, its amenities, and the surrounding area. Among other things, guests will know ahead of time is whether a property will have cable TVs, how many beds each unit offers, whether linens are provided, and the type of kitchen to expect.
In addition to property descriptions, VRBO also provides destination overviews that describe various vacation areas. This is an especially helpful tool for travelers who are just not quite sure where they want to vacation.
Renters can feel secure using VRBO's site, which has been in business since 1995 and has developed the expertise and tools necessary to help both renters and owners strike a deal safely. VRBO is also an important site for owners of vacation homes that want to earn a little extra cash with their investment property. This site receives more than 42 million hits annually and charges only a low annual fee, but no commissions.