HOME AWAY FROM HOME
Whether it's a ski condo in the mountains or a summer house with a nearby lake, renting a getaway home is more convenient than ever. Homeowners make money by listing their properties online and travelers save hundreds by lodging in a rented home instead of a hotel, an arrangement that lets them live like locals. Online home rental services include TripAdvisor's FlipKey, HouseTrip, 9flats, and Roomorama. There are sites for specific audiences, such as Onefinestay, which lists high-end properties in London, New York, Paris, Rome, and Los Angeles, but most vacation rental websites offer similar services. It can be hard to know which to rely on, so we focused on the major differences between two top competitors: Airbnb and HomeAway, which comprises VRBO, VacationRentals.com, and more than a dozen international sites. Both companies have more than 1 million listings, with nearly every country represented. FlipKey, by comparison, lists about 300,000 vacation homes.