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Vacation Rentals: The Secret To Your Next Getaway

By Anton Javelosa

Vacationing is the secret to a happy life. It doesn’t really matter where you go, as long as you take some time in a year to quench that natural thirst for novelty and adventure. If you need convincing, just take a look at the $1,978 that the average American spent on vacations last summer.

Planning a meaningful getaway is easier said than done, of course, because like most things worth looking forward to, vacations can run at a steep cost and leave you disappointed by the time you arrive home.

In this article, we’re going to talk about why corporate housing-style vacation rentals are an under-appreciated option. Read on to find out why more travelers who are looking for a change in scenery should ditch the hotel room and opt to rent a home instead.

Photo of palms and sand

Photo taken from vacationidea.com

Experiential Travel and Vacation Rentals

Experiential travel is the new mode, and more people are setting out with the goal of working on their collections of life experiences rather than their suntans. For a growing number of vacationers around the globe, the lavish comfort of a hotel room and easy access to the most popular tourist traps are no longer the measure of a great vacation. Instead, they aim to immerse themselves in local cultures and ways of life.

In this sense, vacation rentals are a perfect model for a new kind of traveler. Since it involves short- to medium-term leases on homes in a given destination, immersing in the local community becomes much easier. For one thing, there’s a big emotional difference between knowing you’re guesting at a home, and booking a hotel room. You might never shake the feeling of being a visitor from out of town, but it’s much easier to forget that fact when you don’t have the option of starting the day with a breakfast buffet.

Leasing a vacation rental also means you’re more likely to chance upon hidden gems when stepping out. Hotels are built around tourist traps, and vice-versa. On the other hand, traveling from a residential home to your destination for a given night (e.g. a hub for local artists) gives you a chance to stop by the sites of everyday life for the local population.

Finally, vacation rentals offer extended nightly stay options for people looking to really dig into local culture. Experiential travel works hand in hand with the trend of digital nomadism, and opens up the chance for visitors to stay for over a week without breaking the bank.

R and R… and R

With that having been said, many people still prefer the comfort and pace of a standard tourist experience: soft beds, must-see attractions, and picture-perfect moments. After all, who doesn’t deserve a relaxing getaway, far from the hustle and bustle of their daily grind?

For travelers looking to unwind with some rest and relaxation, vacation rentals are a prime choice. All rental units (or, at least all of the units we have listed under 2nd Address) come fully furnished, and the vast majority are spacious by most anyone’s standards. Unlike motels, the model can guarantee a high amount of sanitation and comfort; unlike hotels, you get a lot of living space for low cost.

The vacation rental scene also offers a middle ground between the new and the familiar. Like hotel rooms, they appeal to those who enjoy taking a break in unfamiliar territory --you’re guaranteed to have a novel experience either way. If you or one of your traveling companions enjoy the comforts of a home, however, vacation rentals can provide a homely feeling that few others in the hospitality industry can match. You may be a long way from home, but you never have to miss out on feeling at home with the rental model.

Pillow with Do Not Disturb sign

Photo taken from pixabay.com

In the same way, booking for an extended stay makes it possible to enjoy more relaxation time while still managing to experience the sights and sounds of a given destination. Any city would have a lot to offer in the way of standard tourism, but people working around a short time frame or a limited budget might not be able to make the most out of them. The cheap price and option for extended stays (7+ nights) means you can take your time without having to worry about exorbitant costs.

Finding the Right Vacation Rental Space

If you’re sold on the idea of a vacation rental for your next big trip, you’ll be glad to know that finding the right space is as simple as browsing a web page. 2nd Address offers a convenient, professional, and easy-to-use platform for travelers of all backgrounds.

Those in the market for a lengthy vacation can find listings from the beaches of Los Angeles to the thriving cultural hotbeds of San Francisco. You won’t find yourself short on possible locations, but you will find yourself with the luxury of being able to plan your trip around the places you’re most excited to visit.

Venice Beach road

Photo taken from californiabeaches.com

Likewise, you’ll have a lot of freedom to choose the type of housing that fits into your idea of a dream vacation as well. Those after a no-frills, experiential vacation can find listings that go easy on the furnishings and amenities in exchange or a friendlier price. Those who expect a lot of creature comfort out of a vacation can find listings that are on par with top hotels, and usually for a lower price.

The digital age has finally caught up to the market for extended stays, and the platform provides you with everything you might expect, from user feedback to secure payment options.


However you plan to spend it, a vacation should be safe and convenient. Nobody should have to worry about finding a safe and comfortable place to stay, and everyone deserves a memorable trip out of town once in a while.

Take advantage of the vacation rental model, and surprise yourself with how simple it can be to find a place out of town.

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