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10 Airbnb Alternatives: Accommodations Made Easy

Updated on July 24, 2020
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What are the best Airbnb alternatives?

Airbnb is undoubtedly one of the best sites to book hotels and homestays. Whether you are going on a solo trip or with a big group of friends, you'd want to find accommodation in places that provide a comfortable stay without charging a fortune. And Airbnb is the one-stop destination where you can find a plethora of options. But it's not the only site that makes booking accommodations quick and easy.

There are tons of sites like Airbnb that offer multiple rental options for homes in nearby getaway destinations, month-long stays, and even long-term vacation rentals. If you want to expand your options, then here are Airbnb alternatives that you should keep an eye on.

Sites Like Airbnb

1. Domio

2. VRBO

3. Home Exchange

4. TurnKey Vacation Rentals

5. TripAdvisor Rentals

6. Booking.com Apartments

7. Agoda Homes

8. Homestay

9. FlipKey

10. Innclusive Vacation Rentals

Domio
Domio

1. Domio

When it comes to apartment-hotel rental services, nothing comes close to Domio. Yes, Airbnb also offers similar rentals, but the sheer variety that Domio provides makes you want to book one of the apartment-hotels and fly right to your destination. Domio usually leases some of the parts of residential buildings and furnishes them before renting them out to visitors. With a stylish and curated apartment readily available, you'd have no problems finding your perfect home away from home. More importantly, the rentals are almost 25% cheaper than hotels. So, make sure you compare the rates while planning your next vacation.

VRBO
VRBO

2. VRBO

Vacation Rental By Owner or commonly referred to as VRBO, already has over 1 million homes spread in more than 190 countries. You can find tons of vacation homes on this site. If you are one of those who plan long holidays with their families, then a vacation home would be suitable as hotels can get really expensive after a few days. Like Airbnb, VRBO doesn't fall short of options when you search for vacation homes.

Home Exchange
Home Exchange

3. Home Exchange

Isn't it a unique proposition to swap homes with travelers? That's the concept that Home Exchange brings to life, and honestly, it makes for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. With more than 65,000 houses in over 150 countries, Home Exchange is your dream site to live in someone else's house and offer your property in exchange. But what if you don't want to swap homes? Don't worry! There are rental options available that allow you to host visitors. In exchange, you get balloons or points that you can use for future accommodation rentals.

TurnKey Vacation Rentals
TurnKey Vacation Rentals

4. TurnKey Vacation Rentals

TurnKey Vacation Rentals works slightly differently compared to Airbnb. It doesn't deal directly with hotel owners or homeowners. Instead, they work as a middleman. It focuses on what type of apartment you need, the amenities you prefer, and the location where you want to stay. Accordingly, it will search for properties and get back to you with a reasonable quote. This system helps you know what type of hotel or apartment you will stay in. You don't need to compromise or feel surprised at the condition of the property. The only catch is, you should be above 25 to book and visit the properties.

TripAdvisor Rentals
TripAdvisor Rentals

5. TripAdvisor Rentals

Most people use TripAdvisor to check reviews of hotels. But TripAdvisor Rentals is one of the best sites for your weekend getaway trips. It works almost similarly to Airbnb. There are over 830,000 properties spread across more than 190 countries. A big reason why TripAdvisor Rentals stand out from other websites is that it's part of the world's biggest travel community. You will not only get suggestions from people but also incredible offers that can make your stay so much cheaper. If you are planning a sudden weekend trip near your city, try TripAdvisor Rentals for a change.

Booking.com Apartments
Booking.com Apartments

6. Booking.com Apartments

Did you know you can rent an entire apartment on vacation? You read that right! With Booking.com Apartments, you now have the opportunity to rent apartments for your stay. If you don't prefer staying at hotels, you should take a look at the apartments that this site has in store for you. Booking.com is widely popular for aggregating hotel and flight deals. But they also offer apartment rental listings that provide homey accommodations. You can use Booking.com Apartments to book your car, vacation rentals, restaurants, taxis, and flight.

Agoda Homes
Agoda Homes

7. Agoda Homes

Agoda Homes constitute a small part of the Booking.com family. But there are more than 2.3 million travelers that follow this website. It is an ideal site for solo travelers and also those who travel in small groups and like to stay in the outskirts to enjoy the scenic beauty, far from the busy city life. With properties spread in more than 65 countries, Agoda Homes can become your leading site if you love properties in calm and serene places.

Homestay
Homestay

8. Homestay

Homestay works exactly how Airbnb used to in the past. Previously, Airbnb allowed accommodations in homes of people where you would stay as their guests. But it has now moved on to renting apartments and hotels. Homestay still follows its same old concept. You enjoy a hosted experience in one of the homes in your destination. You can book both long-term and short-term stays at reasonable prices. It is best for solo travelers with a shoe-string budget. You also get to know the culture of the city by talking to the homeowners.

FlipKey
FlipKey

9. FlipKey

TripAdvisor Rentals owns FlipKey. This means you can expect some mind-blowing properties as you usually get in TripAdvisor Rentals. Compared to Airbnb, it still needs to work on the overall interface and reach in various countries. For now, FlipKey has over 300,000 rentals available in both domestic and international destinations.

Innclusive Vacation Rentals
Innclusive Vacation Rentals

10. Innclusive Vacation Rentals

Innclusive Vacation Rentals is one of the biggest competitors of Airbnb. Its focus is not only to provide you with comfortable accommodations at pocket-friendly prices. It also tries to eradicate the issues of discrimination that many people complain about during their vacation. It carefully factors out some of the widely prevalent prejudices, such as ethnicity, gender, sex, and most importantly, color and race. It will only show images of guests after you approve your booking. If you cancel your booking after seeing your guest's photo, the site will not let you rebook on the same dates with some other guest.

Which Airbnb Alternative Will You try Next?

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Affordable Accommodation at Your Fingertips

It's a tough task to find a website that matches the quality of service that Airbnb offers. But if you want to explore new properties that Airbnb doesn't cover, then you should definitely try these Airbnb alternatives the next time you travel. You won't regret your decision of signing up for these websites as they will help you inch closer towards finding an accommodation option that fits your budget while providing you with a comfortable stay throughout your trip.

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      Liz Westwood 

      12 months ago from UK

      You have come up with an interesting list of alternatives. Many of these are new to me.

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