Vrbo’s Cheapest Home Rentals Are All Under $50/Night

published Apr 17, 2019
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Now that the weather is finally getting nice (sorry, friends and family in Chicago), you’re probably thinking to yourself, “Hmm, it’s been quite awhile since I’ve gone on vacation.” (And if you’re not, wow, lucky you!) If you’re like the average American, you’ll probably let this thought pass by and go back to your day-to-day (or that growing pile of work that’s been landing on your desk.) But I am here to tell you: Take that time off! I recently found out that though the average worker gets 23.2 paid time off days during the year (according to the U.S. Travel Association’s State of American Vacation 2018) most people only take 17.2 off those days.

What’s keeping people from taking that well-earned time off? It’s not a shocker, but the study found that one of the biggest barriers to taking time off was the cost: 71 percent of respondents said it was a challenge to taking a vacation. Yes, even though home rentals have made traveling a bit more affordable—they sometimes can still be even pricier than hotels.

But thankfully, there are quite a many deals to be had—but only if you know where to look. As your biggest vacation cheerleader, I decided to do some of the legwork for you (because time is money and I am getting paid to do this as my job). So I reached out to Vrbo to see what their cheapest rentals are across the country: They’re all under $50 a night and sleep at least four, so grab a couple of your friends and book a long weekend (economies of scale FTW)—you deserve it!

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Beaver Island, Michigan: $50/Night

Fun fact: Beaver Island is the largest island in Lake Michigan. It’s also pretty, quaint, small and oh-so-affordable. Case in point: This newly-renovated two-bedroom house is no-frills, but it’s close to the main stretch of town, nature preserves, and birding trails—perfect for a weekend getaway focused on digital detox. Though the cottage does jump up to a peak rate of $100 a night during the summertime, considering that it sleeps four, that’s still quite a bargain!

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Brian Head, Utah: $49/Night

Utah is all-around pretty affordable for homeowners—and those savings are passed onto their home rentals, too. This studio condo tucked in the mountains is a great example. It includes a queen bed, sleeper sofa, and a lofted twin bunk. Other than friends looking for stunning landscapes, Brian Head—the highest town in Utah at 9,800 feet above sea level—offers beautiful hiking and mountain bike trails. And if it’s raining, you’ll also have access to a shared indoor hot tub and pool!

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Garden City, Utah: $49/Night

More of a lake person than a mountain lover? Book this condo near Utah’s Bear Lake, also known as the “Caribbean of the Rockies.” Though the shared pool is closed until Memorial Day, you can hang out in the year-round hot tub after biking in Logan Canyon or just staring at that beautiful turquoise blue water.

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South Fork, Colorado: $45/night

You don’t really need to justify any trips to Colorado anymore, but the price on this one is an even better sell! A rustic cabin-like experience awaits you in South Fork, and you can even bring your dog (for a small fee, of course)! You’re near the Rio Grande National Forest, too, so it’s easy to visit, or you can just chill in the on-property hot tub for a bit!

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Ogden, Utah: $45/night

Got a soft spot for paleontology? Head to Odgen, Utah, where you can visit the George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park, an 8.5-acre park filled with full-sized dinosaur replicas and exhibits. Use this super affordable guest house—complete with full kitchen and living room—as home base. One reviewer writes, “This has been the best value stay ever,” one reviewer writes. “I would challenge anyone to find a better value without compromising safety and comfort.”

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Park City, Utah: $40/night

What did I say about Utah?! Park City is a vacation city that is actually pretty darn great to live in year-round, meaning it’s also a pretty good place to visit in the shoulder season—especially for those who love the outdoors. This 500-square-foot condo is the lowest option on VRBO (though the price will jump up to around $800 a night when Sundance Film Festival rolls around at the end of January). There’s a heated pool deck and hot tub, too. Just a small caveat: You will have to bring your own toiletries!