If you’re one of the 50% of all Americans who don’t use all of their vacation days in a year, it’s time to change that.

Rather than cashing in your vacation days (or, much worse, handing them back over to your employer), it’s time to plan a vacation. Whether you opt to stay local and take a staycation, head to the beach for some rest and relaxation, or opt for a fun-filled city vacation, you need to find the best place to stay to maximize your time on vacation.

If you’re looking for insight on how to find the best vacation house rentals, you’re in the right place. Keep reading for our tips on finding the best place to stay for your summer vacation.

Research, Research, Research


Planning where to stay is not the time to wing it. Save that for once you’re there, settled in, and are considering what to do while you’re there. Before you book anything, do your due diligence.

Read reviews, blog posts, and anything you can get your hands and eyes on about the location where you are traveling. Once you know what area you want to be in, it’s time to start looking for rentals. It’s helpful to know what you want: do you want an all-inclusive beach resort? A rental property that is more of a home in a neighborhood? A secluded cabin with no neighbors for miles?

If you know what you’re looking for, start scouring online rental sites or vacation rentals by owner for locations within your budget. Read all of the reviews, especially the negative ones and pay attention to things like cleanliness, accessibility of the property owners or managers should you need something, amenities, and the location of the rental.

Make a List of Needs and Wants

Needs are things like a certain number of beds or bedrooms. Wants are a pool, beach views, and an outdoor patio. Decide what you need and what would be nice to have and then go from there. You know what your budget is, so try to stick with it. You don’t want to blow your budget on accommodations and then not have any money left to do anything once you arrive.

Don’t Cheap Out

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It can be tempting to cheap out on your vacation rental, such as opting for one that doesn’t provide towels or sheets, or choosing one a mile walk from the beach.

While you might be saving some money, is it worth the headache of packing all of your own linens and then having to wash them all when you get home? Or having to hoof it to the beach with all of your gear? A mile may sound like a nice fitness walk until you’re carrying chairs, an umbrella, a cooler, floats, and sand toys.

Start Looking for Vacation House Rentals Today

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Turn over a new leaf this year and make it a point to use up all of your vacation days. Whether you take several small trips over long weekends or a big blowout vacation, make sure you give yourself a break from work with a vacation. Use our guide to find the best vacation house rentals to enjoy those days off.

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