Home-sharing, a growing option to hotel lodging
Most Americans stay at a hotel when they go on vacation, but a growing number of travelers are choosing to rent a house or apartment from the owner.
I most cases, those who go this non-traditional route are happy they did, according to a new survey by Consumer Reports. The survey shows that 92 percent of those who booked with a home-sharing site said they were likely or very likely to do it again.
"We surveyed 2,000 Americans across the nation and found that not very many people had tried a service like HomeAway or Airbnb. But of those who have, the people who are venturing outside of the hotel like what they find,” said Lauren Lyons Cole, Consumer Reports money expert.
People like the unique experience they get. Renting someone's home or apartment can also save money, although that's not always the case.
If you decide to go this route: Read the reviews, check the fees that will are on top of the daily or weekly rate, and don't hesitate to ask lots of questions before you make that reservation.
"When in doubt, always clarify. You really can't assume anything,” Cole said.