If you're traveling with family or several friends, there's one way to go that is not only better than staying in a chain hotel, it's cheaper too. No matter where you're going, if you're staying in one spot for a few days, it can pay to look into renting a house.
Renting a house lets you live like the locals do and lets you immerse yourself completely into the local lifestyle. Look for one that's close to shops, restaurants, the farmer's market. As a bonus, renting a house can be much cheaper than renting several hotel rooms to accommodate your group. Look for websites specifically geared toward vacation rentals (like homeaway.com), or check Craigslist in your destination town. Want to save even more and share the experience? Consider home swapping!
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