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Traveling for the holidays? If you haven’t booked a hotel yet, consider not booking one at all. Yes, you read that right. Of course I’m not suggesting you should find a comfy spot on the street or camp out in someone’s backyard. I’m suggesting you check out these hotel alternatives to make your trip much more interesting and save you some cash, too.
VRBO, or Vacation Rentals by Owner, is a good choice for taking the whole family on vacation. This site lets you search for vacation home rentals from over 1 million options all over the United States, Europe, and the world. You can book your rental right through their site without any extra booking fees. The next step is to pack your bags!
When you go on vacation, wouldn’t you rather stay in a home away from home than a hotel? HomeAway offers just that – the opportunity to choose from their thousands of vacation home rentals all over the world. Whether you’re heading to Miami Beach or Bangkok, you’ll probably find a rental that will really make you feel at home. Plus, it’s free to search and there are no booking fees.
Airbnb has recently become quite popular, and it’s really no wonder why. This site lets you search for extra rooms, entire homes, and even unique properties like castles (!) all over the world to stay in for your vacation. Then you pay securely through the site, and they connect you with your hosts. Because Airbnb offers such a wide variety of options, you can find prices that are much lower than you would pay for a hotel, plus you’ll have a much more interesting experience as you connect with your local hosts. All in all, it’s a win-win.
If you’re really looking to save money, meet some new people, and have a bit of an adventure, CouchSurfing is the thing for you. CouchSurfing.org lets you connect with people all around the world who are willing to host travelers in their homes, whether it’s on a couch, in an extra room, or even in a guest house. It’s free to sign up and free to stay – the only expectation is that once you’ve stayed at a host’s home, you’ll open up your home to host other travelers, too!