6 Apps for Locating a Dream Vacation Rental

6 Apps for Locating a Dream Vacation Rental

Jason Rodway
May 1, 2013

Have you been daydreaming about a beach house vacation? Perhaps an apartment in the center of a far off city somewhere in Europe? Or maybe a cottage in the nearby countryside to help shed away the built-up tension of a 9-5? Finding the perfect getaway is easier than ever if you've got the appropriate smartphone app to help explore listings, compare features and prices, and bookmark to make a dream become a reality.


Left: Airbnb - Right: Bid Vacation Rental

Airbnb is established as one of the best resources for short term and vacation rentals. By offering users a wide range of features, locations, and price ranges, their database of over 200k possibilities in 30k(+) cities in over 192 countries offers something for nearly everyone. Travelers can browse listings, and after narrowing it down to one, users can even book the rental all from the app. The interface reminds me of a travel brochure, and flipping through entries is quick, with overall property photos listings amongst the best. Free - Also available for Android

Bid Vacation Rental
Bid Vacation Rentals offers thousands of destinations from all over the world, so globetrotters can find a perfect place to kick up their feet while traveling abroad. Whether you have a property to rent out or you need lodging for your own vacation, Bid Vacation Rental serves both worlds. BVR connects both renters and travelers with a simple classified app where users can create, view, or respond to listings specifically focusing upon summer accommodations, with information about  the amount of bedrooms, bathrooms, and how many people each rental can accommodate.  Free


Left: Dwellable Vacation Rentals - Right: HomeAway

Dwellable Vacation Rentals
Dwellable focuses specifically on US rental listings. Dwellable has over 80k beach houses, condos, cottages, summer homes, each listing has provided essential details, price, availability, location and contact information within an efficient and sleek UI. The app boasts over a million photos in its system so you'll reduce the chance of "this doesn't look like the photos" upon arriving, and we especially like its "search by map" feature to help find the perfect rental in desirable locations. Free - Also available for iOS

If you’re fortunate enough to be able to afford a more exotic experience, HomeAway might be the vacation lodgings app you'll want to load and launch. Do you want to rent a yurt, caboose, or even your very own castle? HomeAway has 'em! Even if not, HomeAway also offers more standard accommodations: condos, beach houses and apartments are all available alongside the more unique. Renters can post listings and travelers can browse the 315k options available worldwide with a few more interesting suggestions up its sleeve. Free - Also available for iOS

Windows Phone

Left: Rental Homes - Right: cPro+

Rental Homes
When you want a getaway...but not too far...Rental Homes can help vacationers and staycationers search within a radius of 200 miles. Listings are available for the US, UK, Ireland, India, and Canada and are consistently being updated daily to find lodging that meet your needs. Free

Everyone knows Craigslist for apartment hunting, but have you ever considered using it to find a summer rental? Craigslist is arguably the biggest classified listing in the world and the cPro+ app streamlines searching the site on mobile devices with an accessible and condensed client experience. Searching, browsing, and responding to property rental ads is much easier through cPro+ rather than using your phone's brower. $2

(Images: Gregory Han; as linked above)

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