Getting the Best Deals: Look into rentals and home exchanges

Rental properties—including villas, houses, and apartments/condos—listed on sites such as Homeaway.com, Forgetaway.com, Villas International (www.villasintl.com), and a host of other companies are often rented by the week. When you do the math, nightly rates may be better than at a hotel, particularly if you’re with a group. Check out SlowTrav.com to read about home-rental experiences that other travelers have had. Home swaps through companies like HomeExchange.com aren’t for everyone, but can save big bucks.

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