Archive for the ‘Vacation Rentals’ Category evolves

Posted on January 12th, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet, a peer-to-peer site for arranging short-term room and apartment rentals, is expanding. The site, founded last fall, matches travellers with renters in several North American cities. Its new incarnation–dubbed, not surprisingly, Roomorama 2.0–adds a new calendar, new pricing options and a jazzier design, among other tweaks. The latest upgrade also expands the service to […]

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Vacation rentals more appealing in tough economy

Posted on January 7th, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

On both sides of the pond, vacation rental companies are reporting a spike in business from value-conscious travellers. In particular, people seem to be looking for self-catering digs close to home. Boston-based FlipKey says that vacation rentals in ski resorts that draw largely from a local area–such as Loon Mountain in New Hampshire, whose clients […]

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Top five perks of vacation rentals

Posted on December 8th, 2008 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Buenos Aires apartment

I’ve been raving about the benefits of vacation rentals for years to anyone who will listen. So what’s so great about staying in a house or apartment instead of a hotel room? Here are my top five reasons to go local. You can discover new neighbourhoods. In many cities, hotels are clustered downtown or in […]

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Canadian family loses $4K in vacation home scam

Posted on November 26th, 2008 by Laura Byrne Paquet

As regular readers of this blog know, I’m a huge fan of vacation home and apartment rentals. I’ve rented properties on three continents and, fortunately, have never been the victim of a scam. But fraudsters are out there, as shown by this recent CBC story about a Gatineau, Quebec, family who lost $4,000 while trying […]

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New site promotes Scottish vacation rentals

Posted on November 4th, 2008 by Laura Byrne Paquet

The Association of Scotland’s Self Caterers (ASSC) has launched a well-designed website, Embrace Scotland, to link travellers with more than 2,500 vacation rental properties. You can search by region, number of people, property type (apartment, lodge, cottage and so on) and star rating (currently assigned by VisitScotland). Check boxes allow you to specify that you’re […]

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Proposed TV series to focus on vacation home rentals

Posted on October 31st, 2008 by Laura Byrne Paquet

The vacation home rental industry must be coming of age: it’s poised to get its own reality show. PineRidge Film and Television (producers of Samantha Brown’s show “Passport to Europe,” among other programs) and┬áDiscover Vacation Homes have created a promo video for a proposed new show, “Living Large on Vacation.” According to Discover Vacation Homes […]

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U.K. cottages for large groups

Posted on October 27th, 2008 by Laura Byrne Paquet

If you’ve rented a self-catering holiday home before, you may realize that not all villas are right for all travelling parties. Some homes simply aren’t large enough to accommodate groups of a dozen or more. In other cases, you want a bit more privacy than one home can provide. Perhaps you’d like to separate the […]

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Vacation rentals are a $24.3-billion industry

Posted on October 23rd, 2008 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Tourism market research company PhoCusWright has released some preliminary figures from its forthcoming report, Vacation Rental Marketplace: Poised for Change. According to the study, vacation rentals are a US$24.3-billion industry worldwide, with online rentals accounting for about 12 percent of those revenues. Given the plethora of online vacation rental sites, I’m surprised the figure for […]

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Rent a place in the sun in Orlando

Posted on October 18th, 2008 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Not surprisingly, given that it’s one of the America’s top tourist destinations–it drew 48.7 million visitors last year, including almost 800,000 Canadians–Orlando has thousands of vacation homes for rent. Vacation homes are a great option for two types of groups that flock to Orlando each year: families visiting the famous theme parks, and golfing buddies […]

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Posted on October 16th, 2008 by Laura Byrne Paquet

A new site,, targets travellers who are interested in making the jump from hotel rooms to vacation rentals but uncomfortable with the idea of renting someone’s actual home. The site’s 100,000 properties in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean include lots of purpose-built vacation condos in beach, ski and outdoorsy locations. The site emphasizes […]

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