Choosing your property type and vacation rental
With that next getaway on the horizon, it's time to start thinking about the sort of adventure you're after. Will it be a lakeside retreat filled with morning meditation sessions and afternoon hiking expeditions? Will it be a B&B in an historic district, where 1800s plantations and cowboy saloons abound? Will it be a villa with an infinity pool and uber-chic interiors? There's so much to choose from when it comes to vacation rentals.
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If traveling is all about freedom, then there aren't many vacation home rentals that can match the boat rental. You can opt for sleek 40-foot yachts in the British Virgin Isles, or charter stylish catamarans in the Greek Islands, or get a glimmering water-top stay in the marinas of Miami. They all mean plenty of exploration – just rev up the engine or hoist the mainsail when it's time to swim in that next coral-filled lagoon or gorge on souvlaki in that next taverna. Houseboats are another option, putting you in big reservoirs in the Ozarks or stunning alpine lakes in the depths of the Rockies.
For romantic escapes, fun-filled spring-break blowouts, family trips to the ocean, and a whole load more, beach house rentals are a doozy. They come in all shapes and sizes, whether you plump for a salt-washed Caribbean shack on the coral cays of the Bahamas or go for a deluxe villa with a glinting pool by the buzzy shores of Miami Beach. Destination wise, the possibilities can get exotic – pick from surfer pads by Bali's legendary breaks or little casitas on the Mexican coast. But there are enough Californian cabins on the Big Sur and vacation home rentals by the Outer Banks to keep you going, too.
Nothing says "unique vacation" like a Mongolian yurt overlooking the steaming prismatic pools of Yellowstone National Park. Well, maybe a fairy-tale treehouse perched high in the swaying sequoia groves of Oregon. Or, perhaps a mystical Balinese villa with carved Hindu totems and a garden laced with pink orchids beats them all to it. You can decide for yourself, what with so many unusual vacation options peppering the planet.
The humble bed and breakfast is perhaps the most enchanting type of accommodation out there. They say it started in England way back when, but B&Bs are now available the world over. In your own backyard, they beckon in converted Antebellum mansions between the moss-draped old oaks of Savannah or sit on the rolling winelands of Texan Hill Country. And that's just a taster. Venturing further afield? Get ready for romance in Scottish taverns and Irish inns, or pretty little European B&Bs where French croissants and Italian coffee is there to kick-start the day.
Whether you set the compass for the rock-ribbed gorges of the Missouri Ozarks, want to join the jet skiers on glimmering Lake Havasu, or pine after the aromatic forests of Tahoe, a lake house rental is a perfect pick. They come in all shapes and sizes, starting with quaint cabins with just a single room, going all the way to grand mansions built like French ski chalets. It's also not uncommon to get some extra frills – think jetties in the garden, little rowing boats thrown in, and lake views from the master bedroom.
It shouldn't be too hard to pinpoint condos for rent near you – these are one of the most popular types of vacation rentals in the country. They are on offer in all sorts of settings, whether it's the ski resorts of Colorado or major family destinations like Orlando. And that's not even mentioning the beachfronts and beach towns, where condos tower high over white Floridian barrier islands or wave-washed East Coast bays. Condominiums can have multiple bedrooms or just one, offer self-catering kitchens, living areas, and communal facilities like shared pools and gyms.
On the hunt for your own little hideaway? Cabins lurk in the misty forests of the Blue Ridge. They clutch the snow slopes of the Rocky Mountains. They sit by babbling waterfalls and sloshing lakes in Upstate New York. Offering a mix of adventure and romance, they're great for swapping the buzz of city life for a slice of nature. Some are even downright luxurious, which means you won't be short of options with simmering hot tubs or plush four-poster beds and ensuite bathrooms.