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What's not to love about travel? From quick getaways to extended stays, and from beach breaks to adrenaline-fueled adventure vacations, check out our travel tips for that perfect trip. We've got travel guides to all the best destinations in the U.S. and further afield, and with so many great deals to be found on vacation homes, there's no excuse not to book that dream getaway. You might be traveling solo, as a couple, with your four-legged friend, or even with the whole family, but whatever your requirements, there's a vacation rental out there that'll suit you down to the ground.
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If you're looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of your familiar city, there are a variety of private vacation rentals available just outside the city limits. You can find a private space for you and your family to relax with all the comforts of home. With plenty of room for the whole family, there are places to stay with enough space for everyone to escape from it all.
Sometimes you just need to dial it right down. Sand between your toes and sea lapping round your ankles. If you're looking for the perfect beach holiday, how about going for a classic like Miami, Myrtle Beach, or Malibu? Hawaii is a tried-and-tested beach destination, as are Mexico and the Caribbean. Or you could venture somewhere even more exotic, like Puerto Rico, Greece, or the Spanish island of Ibiza.
Family vacations are for making great memories, and you've got such a wealth of destinations to choose from. How about taking the kids to California or the Carolinas, or showing them Yosemite or the Grand Canyon? And of course a trip to Orlando, Florida is always a winner. Alternatively, you could push the boat out and treat your family to a European vacation somewhere like Rome, London, Copenhagen, or France.
For some people, it's not a proper vacation unless you're doing something active, and there are plenty of vacation rentals out there to keep you busy. You could go fishing in Alaska, Canada, Mexico, and Florida, or hit the ski slopes of Colorado, Vermont, Austria, and Italy. And if golf's your thing, there are a wealth of courses to take a swing at, from California to Florida and South Carolina.
There are endless amazing vacation destinations out there. You could take a U.S. city break to NYC or LA, visit a European classic like Rome, Greece, Paris, or London, or plan an Asian adventure in Japan or South Korea. Beach vacations abound from California to the Caribbean and Hawaii to Mexico, or you could get back to nature with a trip to the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, or the Northern Lights.
With great deals on vacation rentals, budget travel is easier than ever, whether you're sunning yourself on Myrtle Beach, exploring the mountains round Pigeon Forge, or living it large in Las Vegas. If you're looking for a cheap trip, you'll find loads of inexpensive properties in popular destinations like Colorado and Texas. And if that budget will stretch a little further, how about venturing out to Mexico or the Caribbean?
Fido doesn't have to miss out when you head off on vacation. There are loads of dog travel destinations out there, from San Diego and Seattle to Seabrook Island in South Carolina. A seaside vacation can be a particularly good pick if you're taking a pet along, and there are great vacation rentals available in top spots like the Florida Keys, Cape Cod, and the Brunswick Islands in North Carolina.
A vacation rental is the perfect choice for a longer stay, whether you're renting on a weekly or a monthly basis. You might be enjoying city life in NYC, San Diego, or Chicago, or maybe you're more about that idyllic beach vacation on the Florida Gulf Coast. There are lots of short-term rentals available in other countries too, from Toronto and Calgary to Singapore and Thailand.
Is your perfect vacation all about thrills and adventure? From hiking in Australia and cycling in Japan to rafting in the Grand Canyon and sea kayaking in Croatia, there are endless ways to get your adventure fix. Just book a vacation rental in top adventure travel destinations like Iceland or India, and before you know it you could be hunting in Alaska or exploring Vietnam on a motorbike tour.
Looking for an inspired romantic break? How about touring the wineries of the Napa Valley, taking in the music scene of New Orleans, or soaking up the sun in Hawaii? And if you really want to push the boat out, you could treat your partner to a vacation in Bali or Fiji, wander the streets of Paris, hunt out the Northern Lights in Tromsø, or tour Italy's glamorous Amalfi Coast.
Travel doesn't have to mean going all-out on time and expense—you can recharge and enjoy an adventure with even the shortest break. Whether you choose a city break in somewhere like San Francisco, Chicago, or New York, or you decide to go for an outdoor experience in the Rocky Mountains, the Pacific Northwest, or Yellowstone, you'd be amazed how much you can fit into a quick getaway.
Quite a bit goes into planning the perfect road trip. Not only do you have to find an appropriate destination for the end of your journey, but you have to come up with an itinerary and time frame to make the most of your adventure. Fortunately, road trips allow for a bit of leeway because all transportation is self-guided. Even so, efficiency is helpful for maximizing your experience.