We’ve all heard of Airbnb by now. Offering homes away from home, the vacation rental powerhouse has expanded our travel world, giving us a unique and intimate lodging experience. In recent years, other great vacation rental booking options have entered the scene. Like Airbnb, some have gotten popular enough that they’ve gone mainstream, but a special few remain under the radar, offering the kind of deals only up-and-coming sites could do.
Once you start house hunting for your next vacay, it might surprise you how many affordable alternatives to the hotel experience actually exist. And so, attempting to hunt down a reliable rental can become overwhelming. With so many options (and not always reliable ones), it helps to know what’s out there, other than the platform most used by the masses.
Here are some of the leading Airbnb competitors offering alternative accommodations.
In the world of vacation rentals, Tripping.com remains one of the most trusted names in the booking biz. With over 8 million properties in almost 200,000 destinations, you’ll find a wide array of inviting accommodations of all shapes, sizes, and prices.
For those looking to stay somewhere long-term, Tripping continues to give Airbnb a lengthy run for its money.
For those looking for a quality rental, Vrbo officially has a worldwide reach. Founded in 1995, it’s often revered as the pioneer of vacation rentals. These days, it’s a part of the Expedia Group and one of the top vacation rental platforms in existence.
It’s a lot like Airbnb, but Vrbo’s rules are a little different. The biggest difference is that Vrbo only allows its host to rent out entire properties and no shared accommodations. Also, while both sites offer short-term rentals, Vrbo is geared for longer stays. So if you’re only looking for a weekend getaway, Airbnb might be a more suitable option.
OneFineStay is a luxury, London-based vacation rental company with an ever-growing buzz. If you seek a five-star experience with a personal touch, this might be the site for you. The handpicked luxury apartments and homes are thoroughly vetted, so you’ll be safely choosing from the best of the best.
You’ll have more than 10,000 options, ranging from luxury homes to high-end resorts. And there’s more where that came from. One major thing that sets this platform apart from the competition is that it offers hospitality and concierge services. While temporarily living the life of luxury, you’ll have access to staff, able to fulfill requests 24/7.
Boasting around 300,000 properties in more than 100 countries, Wimdu continues to make its mark with millions of users, especially across the pond. Unlike Airbnb, Wimdu focuses most of its market attention on rentals in Europe.
The focus on the quality of rentals and not sheer quantity has paid off. If you’re searching for short-term rentals in Europe, Wimdu offers an easy experience and a plethora of great deals.
When Luxury Retreats debuted in 1999, the upscale, Montreal-based site only had one property. They grew exponentially from there. In 2017, Airbnb adopted them for very good reason. When you visit the platform, you’ll notice the same easy-to-use functions of Airbnb, but with a notably more extravagant spin.
Today, this global collection of secluded villas, city-centric penthouses, and oceanfront properties is known as Airbnb Luxe. Offering tons of space, a personal concierge service, and 24/7 support, it’s become a go-to platform for company retreats.
Thanks to its vast options, HomeToGo.com remains the largest search engine for vacation rentals on earth. This catch-all provider has tons of top rental sites rounded up in one place, including Booking.com, Airbnb, Vrbo, Expedia, and TripAdvisor.
Similar to Expedia, HomeToGo offers travelers the chance to do price comparisons and navigate their way to the best deal under the sun. You’ll find flexible dates, smart filtering, and straightforward ways to interact with others on the site. And you’ll definitely save time on what can often be an extensive search.
With glamping and unique lodging options on the rise, Outdoorsy has become a real Airbnb competitor in recent years. But it still offers a one-of-a-kind experience.
As the name implies, this platform prioritizes the great outdoors. If roughing it a little sounds more up your alley, you’ll have your pick from the creme de la creme of camper vans and other mobile rentals. From top-dollar Winnebagos to classic Airstreams, you’ll find something high quality, rare, and budget-friendly.
Now owned by TripAdvisor, FlipKey is designed for adrenaline junkies and travelers with an adventurous spirit in mind. A growing competitor of Airbnb, it now offers properties all over the world. Its greatest claim to fame is that it helps users navigate rentals based on the nearby activities, terrain, points of interest, and personalized recommendations.
Those who share their vacation rentals on FlipKey have their properties shared on tons of other popular sites, including TripAdvisor. Seasoned travelers say that one of its standout selling points is that FlipKey gives you the key to more places in the world than most, boasting over 11,000 cities.
You may not realize it, but Booking.com isn’t just one of the best choices for finding a hotel — it offers home and apartment listings as well.
For those seeking minimal to no interaction with the host, this one’s an easy go-to. And here’s some good news for property owners: listing on Booking.com is totally free.