Thinking about going on a vacation before summer ends? Depending on what kind of traveler you are, there's a few options on where to lay your head: book a hotel, crash at a hostel, or rent a flat. [ Photo of Kate Winslet's English cottage in The Holiday, from the LA Times ] Having experienced all three options, we're fans of renting a flat while on vacation. While it definitely requires a little extra work in preparations (finding the right location and price), the pay off is that you get immersed in the city, culture, and way of life...not to mention your own bathroom and kitchen. On a tight budget? Head over to the fresh markets for groceries and cook a few of your own meals. Which option do you prefer?