Are We There Yet? – Vacation Rentals

Home away from home (kinda).

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Imagine spending the night on a 100-year-old tugboat in the harbour of Sausalito, California, or renting a high-end luxury condo in Berlin, Germany for a month – that's what the company Airbnb provides. You can either rent out your property on a nightly/monthly basis, or you can stay in one of the thousands of locales on the Airbnb website. That's right: you can rent from real people in 19,732 cities in 192 countries.

They've been featured everywhere, from Travel + Leisure to TIME magazines. Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world – online or from a mobile phone. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences at any price point. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.

It's the perfect solution if you're considering a major move – test out the desired city for a month (while renting your own space back home) and it won't cost you a thing, and you'll have a chance to really immerse yourself in this new location to see if it's the place for you.

Or what about if you're dating someone, either locally or long-distance, and you want a "trial run" of living with this other person (in perhaps a different city)? With Airbnb sublets, you can set long-term relationship goals and plan your future together without combining (or forgoing) assets or incurring too much risk in the short-term.

Get a room in Italy or book an overnighter in a modern loft in LA, rent a vacation home in Palm Springs or a three-bedroom mansion in the Big Apple, or stay in a modern apartment in Lima, Peru or a B&B in Kerala, India. The possibilities are endless!

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Bon Voyage,


Jenn Cox is a Montreal-based freelance journalist. Visit her website or email her at