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Searching Online for Vacation Rentals

Finding vacation rental homes has never been easier; from the comfort of their computer chair anyone can find a suitable property to rent nowadays by browsing online for that desirable dream vacation. With absolutely no input from a travel agent, independent-minded vacationers find this enables them to have far more control over all aspects of their vacation.

An online search conducted at your own leisure thus gives you the time to find somewhere tailor-made to your own individual needs. Do a simple Google search for vacation rental sites and you will see that the most visited and successful sites will be listed first. Many sites cover the whole of the US and others cover the Caribbean, Europe and some can help you find a suitable place to spend your vacation just about anywhere in the world. A few sites also deal with temporary house swaps and long-term lets. Such sites are generally free to potential renters and give you the choice of saving your favourites so you do not have to decide immediately (however still bear in mind that if you want somewhere in the high season it is prudent to book early).

Language differences should not pose a problem as you will find that most reputable vacation rental sites will translate adverts into several different languages as standard. Do not be put off by the fact that you may have to communicate with an owner who does not understand English. Just type your text and put it through an online translator like Yahoo’s babelfish which is absolutely free to use. You can do likewise with replies.


In much the same way you can use an online currency converter to help you gauge the cost if values are given in another currency to your own on vacation rental sites.


Remember when doing a search that European sites will use the word ‘Holiday’ instead of ‘Vacation.’ A typical European site with an excellent reputation is homelidays:


Some other reputable sites to name but a few are:




All have excellent photos and descriptions to enable the prospective vacation home renter to make a wise choice. Not only will you be able to gather as much information as possible about the properties you are interested in but any reputable vacation rental site will be able to give you up to date details on special offers and availability plus useful additional information on transport links and the highlights of the surrounding area. Some provide maps and other precise data such as distances from local amenities. In fact there is a vast amount of detail – more than you will find in the typical brochure from a travel agency.

The sheer variety of rental homes will leave you spoilt for choice and whether you are looking for a mountain log cabin in winter or a frontline beach villa in the height of summer you will easily find a suitable property to rent for your next vacation.