5 Vacation Rental Alternatives to Airbnb

June 9, 2016

2:36 pm

With the rise in popularity of Airbnb, there’s no doubt that the travel industry is on the rise. However, recent incidents in the news lately have shown how Airbnb has floundered when it comes to properly marketing to marginalized demographics, particularly with Black and transgender renters. And with the travel demographic growing, it’s important that consumers are aware of alternatives that can give them a cheap, inclusive experience.

Here are some startups to consider that are great alternatives to Airbnb – great to use for planning your next vacation.


Tripping is one of the best sites to use if you’re looking to get the best deal on a home rental for your next vacation. Stated as the “world’s largest search engine for rentals”, Tripping uses its search engine software to compare rentals on sites like HomeAway and TripAdvisor to give users the best deal. Rentals range from $10 a night to $10,000 a night, in 150,000 destinations worldwide.


VRBO, a popular Airbnb competitor, is also a choice to consider. With over 1 million rentals on the site, there’s a variety of rentals available for users to choose from. And compared to Airbnb, it may be more cost efficient to use VRBO’s service – their annual subscription service is best for year-round rentals, while their pay-per-booking option may be better for infrequent rentals.


Similar to the Airbnb model, Homestay is a home rental service that allows users to stay with locals in different countries all over the world. The site encourages a full travel experience, with an emphasis on immersion rather than tourism. This is a great option for those that are looking to get an inclusive travel experience on their next vacation.


For those looking to travel abroad to Europe, Wimdu is a great alternative for those looking for an easy rental experience. As Europe’s “biggest portal to city apartments”, Wimdu brings deals up to 70 percent off for users, allowing them to find the best deals for their trip. And compares to Airbnb, Wimdu has a no hosting fee and only a 3 percent processing fee for users. With options across many of Europe’s top city destinations and a variety of housing options (yes, even treehouses), you’re sure to find a deal that works best for you.


For those looking for a rental option for Cuba, YourCasaParticular might be the option for you. This Cuba-specific online rental service is the only one for the Cuban travel market, helping users find flats and houses. The site is also independent, working with landlords directly to ensure that you get a private and inclusive deal.

With travel season going underway, it’s important to understand what is available for housing options. It’s possible to stay at a vacation rental that doesn’t have to break the bank – hopefully, these sites can help you on your next search.


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Cameron is a tech and culture journalist, comic book enthusiast, and lives near New York City. A graduate of Stockton University, she's using her words to shift the world of online journalism, one byline at a time. When she's not writing, she can be found reading sci-fi novels, collecting succulents, and planning her next obnoxious hair color. Cameron is an editorial fellow at Tech.Co. Send your tips to cameron@tech.co or tweet @BlkGirlManifest.