It’s only fitting in this month’s home issue to chat a bit about vacationing in a rental home, such as VRBO or Airbnb. While hotel amenities are appreciated, we’ve had fantastic experiences staying in a rental when traveling with kids or on a romantic weekend getaway. Personally, I don’t settle for just any rental—the aesthetic of your home away from home is key.
Spots like The Joshua Tree House Tucson are absolutely magical. Owned by designers Sara and Rich Combs, every inch of this stunning inn via Airbnb is dreamy, and you leave feeling inspired. We’ve stayed in mountain top cabins in Alaska and Utah, a stunning ranch with its own vineyard in Healdsburg, Calif., and a really unique loft-style home in the vast Texas hill country.
What do I look for to find the perfect vacay rental?
Stellar reviews: I always read reviews. Do your due diligence, and ensure the caretakers prioritize cleanliness.
Style/design: Never underestimate the power of space to ignite your creativity and ability to disconnect.
Patience: It can take a bit of energy to find the perfect rental home, but investing the time usually pays off.
Check cancellation policies: Airbnb can be tricky, so make sure you are comfortable with the policy and potential fees if you need to cancel.
Mollie Krengel is the founder of adventure-based business Wild Bum. She shares travel tips and insights in this column, writing with husband, Roy, and globetrotting kids Liam, Ella and Rafi; wildbum.com