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Rent From Owner Listings Websites

There are many web sites with listings of vacation rentals all over the world. I call these "Rent from Owner" listings sites. You can search these websites for listings by country and region, and then book directly with the owner. The vacation rental owner pays a fee to be listed on the website. Listings usually include some photos, a description of the vacation rental and owner contact information.

Many vacation rental owners create their own websites and also put paid listings on several Rent from Owner listings websites in order to rent their places themselves, instead of dealing through an agency. This allows them to charge a lower rental rate, control their bookings themselves and have direct contact with the people who are booking. You take your chances booking directly with the owner, through their site or through a rent from owner listing site. No agency has selected the listings and no one validates that the listings are accurate. But, by booking directly with the owner, you bypass the agency "middleman" and frequently get a much better rental rate and better responses to your inquiries (because the owner may have more time to deal with email inquires for one place, than the agency representing dozens of places).

My advice when renting directly from an owner is to make sure you have read good reviews of the place, so you know what you will be getting. Look through our reviews on this site (in each country section, under Vacation Rentals).

Many of the listings on the Slow Travel website, by country and region, are for places that you book directly with the owner or for rent from owner listings sites for a specific country/region. Don't forget to go through the Slow Travel listings pages first. You can also Google the name of the country or place you are looking for - e.g. Italy vacation rental - and go through the web sites that come up for that search.

Slow Travel Classifieds

Slow Travel Classifieds: www.slowtrav.com/cl/
Listings of vacation rental agencies and places to rent by owner. Also hotels and trip planning companies.

VacationHomes.com: www.vacationhomes.com
Worldwide vacation homes to rent from the owner. Ski condos, beach cottages, mountain cabins, European villas.

Vamoose.com: www.vamoose.com
Worldwide listing of vacation rentals, over 250,000 listings.

VRBO: www.vrbo.com
VRBO® is Vacation Rentals By Owner® The most popular vacation rental site on the web. Rent Vacation Homes, Condos, Villas, and Apartments around the world, direct from the Owner and SAVE! (see the classified)

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