Best Websites for Booking a Vacation Rental

By CBS News

Published 07/09 2014 07:35AM

Updated 07/09 2014 07:38AM

On your next vacation, trade in the impersonal nature of a hotel and opt to stay in the cozy comfort of someone's home or apartment.

It's also a great way to explore a neighborhood while likely saving money too. There are websites that make it easy to rent a personal vacation space. has quickly become one of the premiere rental sites with over six hundred thousand listed properties worldwide...including more than 600 castles! Choose your location, set your dates and number of guests and then pour through your options. Use the filters to narrow them down. People like Airbnb for the easy-to-use site, the one million dollar insurance policy for hosts and of course, the originality of listings.

The Home Away family of vacation rentals boasts over 950-thousand rental properties worldwide. Its websites like VRBO, or vacation rentals by owner and Vacation Rentals-dot-com are also easy to navigate and lets you fine tune your search with filters for amenities and price.

If you really want to save money on your next vacation, consider swapping your house with travelers from another city or country. Home is a great place to start. Browse properties in your desired city of travel or choose a destination based on who wants to stay in your city.

(Kara Tsuboi, for CBS News)

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