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Vacation Home Rentals Abroad

Vacation rentals are a great alternative to staying at a hotel. Not only will you save on your accommodations, but you can also prepare your own meals with food from local markets while enjoying all the other amenities that come with renting a vacation home. Since many rentals are weekly, travelers get the chance to spend more time in one region and explore the surroundings in more depth, and often meet the hosts and local people on a deeper level than most hotels afford. In addition to articles about vacation homes published in Transitions Abroad, we have also compiled a list of websites where travelers can look at photographs of vacation rentals from all around the world and book their stay directly online. —Senior Living Abroad Contributing Editor Volker Poelzl

Country Vacation Home Rentals in France
Country homes like this one near Limoges are rented to visitors year-round. See Living in Limousin: Vacation Rentals in the Heart of France for more. Photo ©Volker Poelzl. All Rights Reserved.

"In most European countries, you can rent apartments in towns and on farms and houses in the countryside through agencies or directly from the local owner. The Italians call them 'agriturismos;' the Brits call them 'self catering apartments;' the French call them 'gites;' the Swiss and Germans call them 'ferienwohnungen.'

Vacation rentals come equipped with everything you need to live comfortably: sheets, towels, pots and pans, dishes, and cutlery. The house or apartment is cleaned before you arrive. Food is generally not provided, so you will need to shop for basic groceries when you arrive.

Rentals range from very simple apartments on working farms that rent for $500 or less per week to luxury villas that sleep 12 or more and rent for $5,000 or more per week."

— Pauline Kenny in Slow Travel: Settle Down in a Temporary Home

 Listings of Vacation Home Rentals Abroad
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Germany Spain & Portugal  

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 Articles on Vacation Home Rentals Abroad
Slow Travel: Long-Term Rentals in Europe by Pauline Kenny
Affordable Paris: Rent an Apartment Then Have Your Cake and Eat it Too by Joanna Hubbs
Europe's B & B's, Rentals and Agriturismos by Rick Steves
Cheap Long-Term Rentals in Bangkok by Chris Mitchell
Finding Home Rentals in Shanghai by Alison Harley
Living Local in the French Caribbean: Vacation Home Rentals in the Martinique by Michele Peterson
Apartment Rental Hunting in Paris by Amber Foster
Rent and Live in Nice Like a Local by Kelby Hartson Carr
Living in Limousin:Vacation Rentals in the Heart of France by Volker Poelzl
Apartment Rentals in Europe by Jennifer M. Eisenlau
Rent a Gîte in a Forgotten Region by Pierre Epstein
A Gîte in Beaujolais: A Taste of Paradise by Anne Woodyard
Finding a Flat Overseas by Nicholas Gill
Renting in the U.K. by Gary Loach
Dutch Treat: Short-Term Rentals in the Netherlands by Jennifer Colvin
A Rental Cottage on a Loch: Low-Cost Vacations in the Scottish Highlands by Janice Porter Hayes