With vacation season just around the corner, you are probably getting ready to choose your next adventure. One major decision you will have to make is where you want to stay. For some people, that choice is easy. The vacation home rental scene is exploding, and those people see it as safe and comfortable alternative to hotels. Still, others are hesitant, probably because they have fallen trap to some myths about vacation homes.

Know your facts.

Myth #1: You have to be rich to rent a vacation home.

Some people avoid renting for their vacations because they assume it will cost thousands of dollars just to stay for a week or two. While there are some rentals with those kinds of price tags, there are thousands more that fit into practically any budget. Factors that may go into pricing include:


  • Size of the rental
  • Type of rental (house, condo, etc.)
  • Available Amenities (pool, ocean views, etc.)
  • Location
  • Season

Myth #2: Only large groups rent vacation homes.

A vacation home rental can be a great option for a large group. If you are traveling with friends or other families, you can all pitch in to stay together in one space instead of paying for a number of separate hotel rooms. But even if you are traveling alone or with just one or two other people, you can find something to suit your needs. Rentals range from studio apartments and condos to grand mansions.

Myth #3: You spend half of your vacation listening to a sales pitch.

Somewhere, somehow, people began confusing vacation home rentals with timeshares. They are not the same thing. While timeshares do require you to sit through a sales pitch and make a commitment, vacation home rentals are booked just like hotels. You call or go online to make your reservations, and then you show up on the date you specified, enjoy your vacation, and check out afterwards. Unless you require assistance during your stay, no one is going to bother you at all.

James Stacy