Renting a holiday cottage can still be done in the same way we did years ago, but today there are some interesting players in the market who are changing things up a bit. We’re getting more adventurous in our old age, and with some of us living in different parts of the world to the rest of our families, we’re always on the lookout for cool places to rent for reunions. Here are our favorite companies to use who help make this process simple and easy.
AirBnB, is the newest kid on the block for renting a cool and unique place to stay. Their concept is a little different to the norm which makes it appealing to many. This is an opportunity to discover some amazing places. Find hosts with extra rooms, entire homes, and unique accommodations like castles and igloos. Booking is easy - connect with hosts, confirm travel dates, and pay—all through AirBnB’s trusted services. Whether you’re traveling for pleasure, for business, or you want to become a host, the process is easy and simple. Book in for a night, a few days, or two weeks - there are options galore for every need and budget. There are over 2 million listings worldwide, over 60 million guests have travelled, 34,000 cities visited, and of course over 1,400 castles listed – just because you can! We’ve shown you how, now go, so make sure you feel at home, anywhere you go in the world.
For 20 years, Perfect Places have been finding holiday makers their dream vacation homes. They are dedicated to helping travelers find and rent vacation rental properties worldwide. You can view properties by country, but what’s also helpful is to view by interest. Looking for a golfing trip, skiing with the family, hiking with friends, or fido friendly, they have plenty of options for you. You can also search by accommodation type, so whether you’re a B&B devotee, need a cottage for a family gathering, or a villa for a special birthday, these guys have got you covered.
Perfect Places, www.perfectplaces.com/
Another young hipster on the block is Roomorama. They connect travelers to more than 300,000 unique, stunning accommodations around the world. They work with corporate partners and verified hosts you can trust. They confirm your booking instantly so there’s no hanging around to see if you’re lucky or not. They truly are global with popular destinations such as London, New York, Paris, Koh Samui, and Singapore. If you subscribe to their newsletter they give you US$20 of your first booking. Check out their instgram page for a spot of inspiration, it's time to book!
Roomorama, @roomorama, www.roomorama.com/
HomeAway.com.sg is a social marketplace where travelling "Guests" can locate and book cool places owned by local "Hosts" in Asia Pacific. The unique places can be an extra cozy room, a cool loft, or even a private villa. Guests can develop real connections with their hosts, live like a local, and immerse themselves in the culture of their destination.
Home Away, 83 Clemenceau Ave, #17-05 UE Square, Singapore 239920, www.homeaway.com.sg/short-term-rentals/singapore
VRBO is part of the HomeAway Family. Booking the vacation of your dreams is easy. Go through the rentals available for your travel dates, and search destinations. You can contact owners to see if they’re available, get more info, or you can just book. Once confirmed, payment is online and secure. You can book online or via their handy app. You can rent a house for half the price of a hotel, so get booking and start traveling. This is predominantly USA-based, but they have worldwide listings too. If you're looking to head home for the holidays, they have some beautiful options available, whether you need beach, mountains, or lakes, they have some stunning properties to suit your budget.
With hand-picked accommodations around the world, plus insight from local parents about how to get the best out of their destination, they’re revolutionizing how families travel. Watch this space as they are adding in a new feature focused on family-friendly home exchanges around the world. From private homes with everything you need for a toddler to boutique hotels in unique destinations with child-pleasing restaurant menus we have searched out the very best in family travel accommodation around the world so you don’t have to.
Kid & Coe, www.kidandcoe.com