Vrbo Reveals Top Value Travel Destinations in "Bang for Your Buck Index"

AUSTIN, Texas, Apr. 22, 2019 -- Getting away from it all doesn’t have to mean spending it all. Vrbo® – the website where you can rent vacation homes, cabins and condos – is helping travelers identify the most cost-effective destinations with its first-ever Bang for Your Buck Index, based on average nightly rates for vacation homes domestic and international. Arriving just in time for summer travel season, the index is based on 2018 Vrbo pricing data.

”We already know families and groups of friends appreciate the value of renting a vacation home, but travelers want to know exactly where they can get the most for their money. So we dug into the Vrbo data to find out where homeowners are renting places out to others for the lowest average cost per night,” said Vrbo travel expert Melanie Fish. ”Our Bang for Your Buck Index takes care of the price comparisons so you can spend less time planning and more time making memories.”

Vrbo’s Bang for your Buck Index identifies the destinations with the lowest average cost per night – vacation homes that cost less than $250 per night but offer prime features like proximity to beaches, a variety of dining options, ready access to outdoor recreation and more.

Domestically, five popular Florida locales rank among the top 10 most value-packed destinations. Internationally, the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) revealed surprising value.

Domestic destinations (average price/night)*

  1. Lakeland and Winter Haven, Fla. ($181)
  2. Tucson, Ariz. ($192)
  3. Orlando, Fla. ($195)
  4. Branson. Mo. ($201)
  5. Daytona Beach, Fla. ($207)
  6. Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral, Fla. ($217)
  7. Kissimmee. Fla. ($226)
  8. Moab, Utah ($235)
  9. Prescott, Ariz. ($235)
  10. Myrtle Beach, S.C. ($238)

International destinations (average price/night/USD)*

  1. Porto, Portugal ($154)
  2. Calgary, Canada ($171)
  3. Tokyo, Japan ($181)
  4. Carolina, Puerto Rico ($183)
  5. Lisbon, Portugal ($185)
  6. Seville, Spain ($187)
  7. Madrid, Spain ($187)
  8. Halifax, Canada ($194)
  9. Prague, Czech Republic ($195)
  10. Berlin, Germany ($200)

Travelers can find even more savings by splitting the cost of a vacation rental with family and friends. In fact, the average Vrbo in the U.S. sleeps six people.

* Vrbo Value for Money Price Data 2018: What U.S. Vrbo travelers paid on average when they booked their accommodation at Vrbo.com per night and per person during January 1 – December 31, 2018. The prices shown are in USD, taking all currency fluctuations into account.


About Vrbo

In 1995, Vrbo introduced a new way for people to travel together, pairing homeowners with families and friends looking for places to stay. We were grounded in one purpose: To give people the space they need to drop the distractions of everyday life and simply be together. Since then, we've grown into a global community of homeowners and travelers, with unique properties in 190 countries around the world. Vrbo makes it easy and fun to book cabins, condos, beach houses and every kind of space in between.

Vrbo is part of HomeAway and the Expedia Group family of brands and offers homeowners and property managers exposure to over 750 million visits to Expedia Group sites each month. To learn more, visit www.vrbo.com. 

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