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What Are the Best Vacation Rental Sites for 2021?

This isn’t only the year of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s also the year of the itchy-feet pandemic. Stay-at-home orders have got us all feeling cabin fever, and the only known remedy is planning our next vacation. First stop: searching great deals on vacation home rental websites.

Vacation home rentals have exploded in popularity in recent years, thanks in no small part to the internet. Around 450 million people used vacation rentals websites to book accommodation in 2019, according to iPropertyManagement. The total amount spent on vacation rentals last year was $87.1 billion, up 6.9% from the previous year.

Once travel restrictions ease, vacation home rentals are sure to jump back into the spotlight. To help you plan your next adventure, we compiled a list of the 10 best vacation home rental sites. Each website serves a different niche, but all of them are big. Even the smallest sites on our list have a steady supply of vacation homes to rent. 

1. Booking.com

Booking.com is the largest accommodation booking service on the internet, with 28 million listings. Although most of its listings are hotels, around one-quarter are vacation rentals like houses, apartments, and shared spaces.

Not content with being merely the biggest rental website, Booking.com is also the best apartment finder. Its search engine is incredibly user-friendly, letting you filter by dozens of categories including budget, privacy level, user rating, facilities, and property accessibility.

As a testament to its usability, Booking.com accommodates 43 languages and dozens of currencies. Regular users benefit from awesome perks such as discounts, secret deals, and exclusive city travel guides.

2. Airbnb

Airbnb is the biggest website dedicated solely to vacation rentals and experiences. Founded as a place to advertise room rentals, it quickly expanded to apartments, houses, and other types of vacation rentals.

This is the website for the adventurous traveler. Aside from homes and apartments, Airbnb also offers tens of thousands of unique stays – including tiny houses, tree houses, and castles (seriously!). It recently added online experiences for at-home travel experiences – such as fitness sessions, cooking classes, and escape room nights.

Airbnb is a global power, with listings in more than 100,000 cities and experiences in 1,000+ cities worldwide. Its sight is accessible in 62 languages in virtually every country and region.

3. Google Hotels

Like it or not, Google has its finger in everything – including vacation rentals. If you’ve ever used Google Flights, you’ll instantly feel familiar on Google Hotels. The site uses the same layout and works on the same principle of aggregating offers from multiple service providers (incl. Booking.com, Vrbo, Tripadvisor and more).

When you land on Google’s vacation rentals site, you’ll instantly see deals for popular destinations. At the top, you’ll find a search bar where you can enter your destination, dates, and number of travelers.

As with Google Flights and Google Hotels, Google Vacation Rentals lets you search in US dollars and dozens of other currencies. The service is super easy to use. Once you find an option you like, Google will redirect you to the provider to complete the purchase.

4. Vrbo

Vrbo is the best website for unique vacation rentals like condos, cabins, and chalets. Originally known as Vacation Rentals by Owner, or VRBO, it was rebranded as Vrbo after being acquired by Expedia in 2019.

Like we said, Vrbo is great for booking unique holiday experiences. It advertises rentals to suit all styles, including: houses, condos, apartments, cabins, cottages, bungalows, studios, townhouses, villas, guest houses, chalets, caravans, estates, farmhouses, country houses, boats, barns, houseboats, yachts, and castles.

Like all the other websites on our list, Vrbo is very user-friendly. You can start planning your next vacation using its Trip Board feature. Just press the heart button on the rentals yo