Planning a trip to the best beaches or the top city for foodies, Airbnb has been dominating headlines and a popular choice for many. No doubt, Airbnb is one of the top choice for many reasons, from quirky ghost town tour to pricey cozy palace. This doesn’t mean you should ignore the alternatives available out there. The advent of home rental and vacation rental sites has created plenty of choices to rent a property or a room for your next destination.
1. Flipkey – Find the perfect vacation rental.
Flipkey is a part of TripAdvisor Rentals. Founded in 2007 and joined the TripAdvisor Rentals family in 2008. It boasts more than 830,000 vacation homes and rooms spread across 190 countries and 11,000 cities throughout the world. Flipkey has the advantages of Tripadvisor reviews. All hosts and property owners are verified to ensure existance and security of every home. Flipkey services includes booking, inquiries, booking requests and instant bookings. Just like Airbnb, travelers pay a fee when booking through them.
2. TurnKey – Exceptional vacation rentals.
TurnKey operates as a middleman. They invest into the property and each home is equipped with digital locks. Delivery of the code for digital lock are through their app, which offers recommendation on restaurants, local entertainment and etc. They deal with guest directly, on their needs, bookings, and many more. Local teams are stationed near each listing, which took the burden from homeowners and property managers. All homes comes with consistent quality.
3. Vrbo Family – Beach house, condo, cabin? Your perfect vacation awaits.
Vrbo, vacation rentals by owner, is part of the Expedia Group. Homeowners and property managers has a potential exposure of over 750 million visits to Expedia Group sites every month. Property owner have two options, either pay an annual fee or a commission for every booking. For travelers, there are over a million homes, vacation rentals, apartment, cabins and cottages all over the world. Just like Airbnb, guest pay a small booking fee.
Meet the Expedia, VRBO, HomeAway family:
- 4. HomeAway – Similar to VRBO
- 5. Homelidays – France
- 6. Abritel – France
- 7. Fewo-direkt – Germany
- 8. Bookabach – New Zealand
- 9. Stayz – Australia
- 10. Vacationrentals
- 11. BedAndBreakfast
- 12. Expedia – Everything in one place, hotels, vacation rentals, car, flights, cruise and etc.
- 13. Hotel.com – Hotel and non-Hotel booking
14. Booking.com – Hotel, Homes, Flight and etc, all in one place.
Booking.com has been a hotel booking standard for a long time, and seems to the best for hotel booking deals. Furthermore, their services has expanded to apartment,homes, flights, taxi and attractions. A fierce contender at the top. They have high inventory of properties at competitive pricing. For property owner, they charge a fee for every booking.
15. Outdoorsy – Find the best RV rental.
Looking to travel and explore along the road? Outdoorsy offers recreation vehicle (RV), campervan, van tour, trailer, motorhome and etc to experience outdoor travels. Sleep, cook and explore anywhere you want, how flexible can it possibly get?
Vehicles are rented from people who own it, the Airbnb of RV rental. Have an RV or campervan that you are not using? Rent out RV today, for free with Outdoorsy and start earning on the side.
16. Homestay – Quality rooms at wallet-friendly prices.
True value, real homes, real connections. Everyone is using the word homestay nowadays, but not many truly offer the experience. Instead, many use homestay in title or description, but they are just another rent a room or rent an apartment listing. Homestay as defines by Dictionary.com as “a holiday or other period abroad spent staying in the home of a local family”. Homestay.com offers genuine hosted experience, staying in a host’s home with local experience and living with a local.
17. SellMyTimeshareNow – Timeshares for sale and rent by owner.
Timeshare, known as vacation ownership, is the ownership or rights of usage of property by multiple parties, typically resort-style home. With over 75,000 timeshares listing, 4,000 resorts across 1,300 destinations on offer, you can be sure to find a great offer on SMTN. Listed are some of the reputable brands like Hilton, Marriott and Disney. Most often, you may find deals up to 70% discount of what would normally be much costly on the retail market. What more, owning a timeshare is just like having a second home in a world-class resort, without paying full price.
18. onefinestay – Enjoy the finest homes and service all around the world
Onefinestay offers the finest homes in the world’s most wanted places. Every home is handpicked and only 1 in 10 makes the cut. Therefore, only the Crème de la Crème is listed. Get help from advisors to find your beautiful home with 24-hour support. Every stay are professionally managed to ensure the highest quality of standard.
Think your property qualify to be listed?
19. Room Key – The honest hotel booking site.
No shady sales tactic, no paid ranking, unbiased reviews and no lost booking. Ever came across booking the last available room with perfect review score and claiming to be the lowest price in town? Room Key promised no gimmicks. Brought to you by 6 of the world’s leading hotel company, therefore, information is straight form the source. Compare retail price with price you would get for being a loyalty program customer. Search and compare through loyalty programs pricing from Best Western Rewards, Circle M, Hilton Honors and many more. Normally, you don’t get to see loyalty programs pricing until becoming a member, but here, you get to choose and compare then decide for yourself of which membership to sign up for.
20. Third Home – Your luxury second home is the key to a world of travel.
If luxury is your style, pay ThirdHome a visit. Only luxury homes with a minimum value of $500k, be in a desirable location, not a primary home and luxury furnishing as standard are listed here. On average, home listed here have a value of $2.3 million. Furthermore, Third Home have partnership around the world. Gain access to luxury yacht with SeaNet, have a ski butler to handle your gears on your ski trip and many more. Have a second home that meet the criteria? Join the club and gain access to other’s property with similar criteria, but different experience.
21. 9flats – Feel like home away from home.
Just like Airbnb, 9flats is another booking websites or marketplace for private renting of accommodation. Anyone can rent a home, apartment and room or list your property to earn extra income.
22. Trusted House Sitters – Keeping pets happy at home.
Home owners with pets have the predicament whenever they would like to travel. Who would be taking care of their pets while they are away?
TrustedHouseSitters offer a win-win situation for guest to stay for free while taking care of pets for the owner. Well, not necessary for pets only, for plants that need watering or just to take care of the house.
Pet lovers, offer your pet care service and stay for free. For owners, connect with caring pet sitters to keep your pets safe and at home.
23. Blueground – Rent beautiful, thoughtfully furnished apartments for a month, a year or even longer.
Need a place for a month or longer? Websites like Airbnb would not be a suitable place to search as they focus on the short term, vacation travel. Blueground specialize in longer-term home rentals, with over 3,000 apartments in major cities. It is suitable for business travellers, digital nomads, interns and etc.
For homeowners, Blueground rent it from you and fully manage your property. So you can sit back and relax, getting your monthly rental without disruption, without fuss.
24. RoomzAsia – Fastest growing rental website in Asia.
Roomz started as a rent a room website in Malaysia. It has grown to be a vacation home rental, event space rental, meeting room, carpark for rent and a community site for everything else. There are no charges for booking a stay.
For homeowners and managers, the listing is free, although a small fee is charged for premium services, starting as low as $0.25.
- Rooms for rent – rent a room in a property, share a place with roommates. Short, medium and long term rent available.
- Properties for rent – rent a whole unit for short, medium to long term stay.
- Short-term homestay – for travelers looking for days, weeks or months.
- Event space – for those looking to host an event, birthday celebration, wedding ceremony, meeting room, conference hall and etc.
- Carpark for rent – rent a carpark near where you stay or work.
- Roommates/community – Make an announcement, it may be looking for a roommate to share a room, invite people to a public event and etc.
25. Room.ly – Rent a room to stay, meet, work.
Room.ly is another room and property renting platform in Malaysia. Just like Roomz Asia, they offer a meeting room and event space as well. Guest have the option to make a booking online immediately by making payment through the platform. For owner and manager, listing on the site is free.
26. TripAdvisor Holiday Rentals – Reviews, Hotel, Flights, Holiday rentals and more.
Everyone would have read at least a tip or review from Tripadvisor. They are just about everything you need when you are travelling. Furthermore, aside from hotel booking, they have a section devoted to home rentals. Get to know the surroundings, things to do, restaurants around and anything else all in one place.
27. Wimdu – Best City Apartment Deals.
Another home booking website for vacation rentals. They have 350,000 homes around the world. Claimed to avoid overpriced and overcrowded accommodations for your home away from home. Search worldwide in a single platform, easy, simple and straightforward.
28. Couchsurfing – Stay with locals and meet travelers
Couchsurfing offers homestay experience, for free. Hosts are not supposed to charge and travellers are not encouraged to offer payment. The idea is a gift economy and people are generally kind. Travellers may directly request lodging from other members or post it up for the public to receive an offer from others. Get verified with a one time fee of USD60 to gain access to more features. Otherwise, usage is limited to sending a private message and 10 stay request per week. With 400,000 hosts across 200,000 cities, gain the true homestay experience today. Furthermore, the site includes events in the city that you are travelling to, connecting you with other travellers.
29. Home Exchange – Welcome to the world’s first home exchange community
Just like the name, how about exchanging home with someone else for a period of time and stay for free. Well, you still need to pay $150 for a yearly fee, however, you may exchange as many time as you like. It is a good way to validate membership. Earn credits for hosting and you may use it for your next stay.
30. Innclusive – A dream home with amazing roommates.
Innclusive offers beautiful homes for creative and extrovert people. Share amenities, common spaces, meet people and live with roommates from anywhere. Bundled with curated events and workshops, build a meaningful relationship and nurture creativity.
Besides this, Innclusive have another vacation rental site as well. Travelling in a big group? No problem.
31. Trivago – Find your ideal hotel and compare prices from different websites.
Trivago has a good selection of hotel, apartment and vacation rentals from different websites all in one place. It has a section that makes comparing of prices easy from different websites. Apply their filter if you are looking for hotels, vacation homes or select the type of lodging.
32. Tripping – Search top vacation rental sites.
Tripping has a good selection of hotels and lodging. Apply the filter for the type of home, hotel, camping, boats and etc. It boasts to have the widest coverage and aggregates all top sites and gain immediate access to them.
33. OYOrooms – World’s Fastest Growing Hotel Chain
OYO is a young startup with a fast-growing chain of hotels, homes and spaces. It has 43,000 hotels with more than 1 million rooms in its portfolio. With access to 130,000 homes around the world in 800 cities and 80 countries.