10 Reasons to Stay in a VRBO Rental on Your Next Trip

Hotels have gotten expensive over the years, and I’ve found that many times, they are not worth the price! In a hotel, you are usually stuck with a single uncomfortable bed that was easily three digits, if not more, for your stay! If you travel with your family, no one is happy because everyone is on top of each other with no privacy or break from each other. This separation is the key to a happy family vacation with pre-teens and teens if you were wondering. Not only that, in the current state of the world, having space for your family that allows you a change of scenery from your four walls, a home rental from VRBO will also allow you the ability to get away in a safe way. If you are looking for a new way to stay, try giving a VRBO Rental a try on your next trip! It will change the way you travel. Here are ten reasons why you should stay in a VRBO Rental.

air bnb or homeaway rental which to choose for your next vacation


10 Reasons to Stay in a VRBO Rental on Your Next Trip



New to home renting? Start here: A Beginners Guide to Booking a HomeAway or VRBO Rental

**recently HomeAway was acquired by VRBO. They are now providing one great service!

VRBO offers a resort-like experience


Airbnb focuses on a variety of different options for its guests but VRBO focuses mostly on luxury and upscale accommodations. You can find many different options and narrow them down based on what is important to you. 


I love being able to filter what I'm looking for. Looking for something pet-friendly? Want a water view or extra bathrooms? You can narrow down your search to include exactly what you are looking for.



VRBO

No account? No problem


With VRBO, you don’t need to create an account to book! You can book your rental without creating a VRBO user account. 



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VRBO focuses on full space rentals


VRBO focuses on giving you a rental place to stay. This means you won’t be staying in the spare room of someone’s house. You’ll have the whole rental to yourself! 


This is especially helpful if you are looking for accommodations in other countries. On other sites, you may not realize you are looking at a room in someone's home with a shared bathroom. This is quite common!


VRBO is perfect for travel in the time of COVID


You also won't have to worry about sharing germs or viruses with anyone other than your family during your stay when you have the whole space to yourself.

This experience will allow you to really get to know the area you are visiting and will help you feel like a local. The homes also are fully stocked with everything you need to make your vacation a success. I've always been pleasantly surprised with fully-stocked game rooms and often-forgotten home items that are available in the rental space. 


VRBO has flexible payment options


With VRBO, you can pay in a variety of options. You can even pay during the check-in! With Airbnb, you have to use either a credit card or an Airbnb credit. 



VRBO charges less in additional fees


With rental sites, you will usually be charged fees for everything under the sun! This may range from cleaning to resort fees. VRBO’s fees are typically two percent less than Airbnb!


Keep in mind the resort fees when booking as it will increase your nightly rate.


why should you stay at a homeaway or airbnb property for your next vacation


VRBO has lower book rates in most cases


As I mentioned above, you won’t be able to get any couches or spare rooms through VRBO, but for comparable rentals, you can expect to pay about 5 percent less. 


This makes it the perfect option for a family or a group traveling.



VRBO has a better review system in place


VRBO allows guests to review their rental for up to a year after their rental stay! After their initial posting, these reviews go live after just 48 hours! The reviews are the perfect place to find out what the rental is really like. If the home doesn't have a review, be cautious!


Always read the reviews! Always.



VRBO has a better and more accessible customer service support system in place


Airbnb has a phone number where they want you to call for most scenarios. However, they do have an email help center. VRBO has both email and phone calls for guests and hosts. Their response time is much faster compared to Airbnb!

VRBO has fewer “less than ideal” rentals compared to Airbnb


Too many times, I’ve found myself in an Airbnb with a place that is far less than what was described. Amenities weren’t as described, or the place is located in a rough neighborhood. With VRBO, this does not happen nearly as much as with Airbnb.

VRBO operates similar to a travel agent


If you want to hop from hostel to hostel during your travel, you can’t go wrong with Airbnb prices. However, if you are looking for something more upscale, VRBO provides that experience. They work more like a travel agent than a booking site and give you that familiar service.



New to VRBO? Start here: A Beginners Guide to Booking a Home Rental

booking a home for your next vacation


If you’re new to VRBO, I hope these reasons have given you a push to help you give it a try! I promise you won’t be disappointed.


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1 comment

Rhonda said...

There are much better ways now of finding vacation rentals and saving significant amounts of money. BookDirect is the current wave. Owners are moving off the bigger platforms because of the ridiculous fees, loss of control, not being paid by the booking company, having deposit money being withdrawn from their accounts when it was being held by the booking company to begin with, and seldom do they take the side of the hosts in a chargeback. When Covid appeared, they cancelled reservations without the hosts consensus, but they did not return their service fees to the traveler. They initiated a new way of paying hosts stating that the host would get paid after the traveler checked out. Their are now owners that had guests six weeks ago and still have not been paid. There are travelers they promised a refund due to cancellation and they are still waiting. Vrbo laid off a large portion of their customer support staff and is now practically non-existent. AirBNB now allows the traveler to book without verifying their age or proof of identity which has lead to credit card fraud and unlimited damage to properties, house parties, etc. The rules are constantly changed with these 2 companies to the point the host has no control over their own property.

There are many new sites and Facebook groups that have the same listings for less money and you have direct contact information immediately. Booking with a credit card gives the traveler the same security and protection that you get with Air and VRBO. You can always ask the host to provide a form of ownership to avoid a scam. Many homeowners also now have their own website and you can often use the name of the property as listed on the bigger platforms and google that name. You will often find that property listed on another site without traveler fees. You might not have as many properties to choose from on some of the free sites, but you will be working with homeowners that want to make sure their property is going to be a good fit for you all other travelers after you.

You can book direct on Houfy.com, Hi-Chee.com, many regional Facebook groups, and @thebookdirectmap on Facebook. No fees for travelers!

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