Have you heard of VRBO.com?
Vacation rentals by owner (VRBO) is a website that offers exactly what the name implies: vacation rentals through private owners.
When I first read about this website I thought the idea sounded fabulous. Who would want to stay in a cramped hotel room when you could rent a private condo or oceanfront home for a fraction of the cost?
Unfortunately, as I continued to think about it, the dreaded cloud of doubt filled the room as I was left worrying about worst case scenarios: What if we got there and the place didn’t exist–we would be half way around the world with no lodging. I imagine that
when IF we found a reasonable place to stay, the costs for that new room would be exorbitant. What if we rented a place and it wasn’t as described or the pictures were inaccurate–paying any money for a room in the roach motel is nothing anybody looks forward to. What if it was in a dangerous neighborhood and we were robbed–or worse.
I can assure you that the dramatic-but-very-real-list goes on.
A while back one of my fellow bloggers, Rachel, wrote about her experiences with VRBO.com and it slowly started to ease my fears and doubts about renting through a private owner.
After a significant amount of research and much consideration, my husband and I are jumping in with both feet. We have booked a condo through VRBO for our Christmas vacation. I’m slightly nervous as its something new and unknown to us, however with all of the rave reviews, secure payment options, and other consumer protections I feel confident with our reservation.
The best part is that we are saving around 50% on the cost of lodging. Compared to one of the fancy hotels down the street, I think we are getting a steal!
Have you booked through vrbo.com? What was your experience?