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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. —Volker Poelzl

Home Rentals in Italy and Worldwide
Country homes like this one in Italy are often rented to visitors year-round.

"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
Worldwide or Multi-Country
Latin America
Spain & Portugal
U.K. and Ireland

 Featured Vacation Home Rentals Abroad
Villas in France | Gites and Chateaux – by Oliver’s Travels
Sykes Holiday Cottages
Sell My Timeshare Now – Timeshare Rentals, Luxury Resort Condos Located Worldwide

 Articles on Vacation Home Rentals Abroad
Europe rentals Budget Vacation Rental Apartments in Europe with Local Hospitality by Lies Ouwerkerk
Staying in vacation rentals in Europe is an inexpensive and immersive way to travel while also enjoying local hospitality.
Rentals in Paris How to Enjoy Your Stay in Paris on a Budget: Rent an Apartment by Transitions Abroad Senior Editor Joanna Hubbs
Tips for staying in Paris on an affordable budget using vacation apartment rentals by Dr. Joanna Hubbs, who has traveled and lived in the great city extensively over the years.
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
Slow Travel: Long-Term Rentals in Europe by Pauline Kenny
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
9 Advantages of Renting an Apartment 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
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