A “vacation home marketplace” so good it was purchased by Trip Advisor, FlipKey has the cred you are looking for when planning a trip. Superb filtering options make this a great tool for vacationers who know exactly what they want: the precise number of bedrooms/bathrooms, amenities, and luxury level. If you’re browsing for your next great adventure, you can easily pinpoint your next destination with options ranging from “coastal” to “big city” to “beach getaway.” If you have the soul of burning chaos, there’s one feature that wins out over Airbnb. Simply pull up the “trending destinations” list and point to the screen with your eyes closed! You’re guaranteed to land on a great property in a fun location.
Sonder may be the discerning vacationer’s answer to long-term travel, partnering with real estate companies to list luxury rental units for travelers. Currently, the company only has lodgings in 30 cities spread throughout eight countries, but it is ever-expanding. Like some of its new-fangled rental brethren, Sonder boasts a minimum threshold of quality that will undoubtedly appeal to anyone who’s been burnt by a “pic didn’t match the reality” situation. Coffee machines, free WiFi, and abundant “everyday amenities” are included in every unit, which is professionally cleaned in between guests. That’s a real win if you’re traveling carry-on and like to keep your bags pared down to the minimum. On top of all that, consistent zero-contact check-ins are a real plus in this day and age.
4. Sabbatical Homes
Are you a student, professor, or other academic looking for temporary lodging? Sabbatical Homes was initially created to meet the needs of scholars on—wait for it—sabbatical, but now everyone is welcome to use the service. Given the dramatic rise in digital nomadism and remote work, this is a great option for those taking a longer break. Academics save the most on this site, which caters to both short- and medium-term rentals for “minds on the move.” This is definitely a niche option, but one with a lot of potential.