Traveling for longer periods of time or working away from home never used to be this convenient. You used to have to book a hotel or motel and contend with that single room for weeks or months on end.
No more. The rise of short term rentals, where you can rent a fully furnished apartment or house for 30 days or more has changed the landscape completely.
This change may not have captured the headlines like the rise of Airbnb, but the changes and opportunities short term rentals bring are just as powerful.
If you’re regularly working away from home or work with people that do, we’re going to show you where to find these short term rentals.
Each of the following websites has a decent selection of fully furnished and equipped short term rentals in cities across the country, and sometimes further afield.
It’s not an exaggeration to say Airbnb has changed the rentals market forever, because it has. It came seemingly out of nowhere to revolutionize the way we rent property.
While it may still battle with quality issues and unreliable hosts, as a whole, the service offers a simple way to book short term rentals in almost any town or city in the country.
You can rent rooms, apartments and entire houses on Airbnb. Prices are set in advance and you have a whole system to support you during your stay.
The only advice we would offer is to check reviews thoroughly before renting to make sure you’re getting what you pay for. Otherwise, it’s an excellent resource.
Blu Corporate Housing is another short term housing website that seemed to come out of nowhere.
It’s different to Airbnb in that it doesn’t have the same global coverage or scale. However, quality is guaranteed as each property is checked and vetted by an in-house team. That team is there to support you throughout your stay, providing a slightly more hands-on experience than Airbnb.
The variety of property is a little less, but the quality of the properties and service seems to be much higher.
You can rent apartments, townhomes and houses. Rentals are managed by an account manager and all bills are included in the rent.
ShortTermHousing.com has a similar look and feel to Blu Corporate Housing. Quiet competence with an understated website and overall feel.
Yet the company delivers exceptional quality properties, superb service and ensures every rental delivers on its promises.
The company has thousands of apartments, townhomes and houses on its books across the country. Simply complete the form by adding your destination and dates and the website will do the rest.
All properties are fully inclusive and deliver the flexibility and privacy you’re looking for.
Did you know Booking.com did short term rentals for any reason as well as vacation rentals? Well, they do.
Booking a short term rental works in the same way as booking a hotel. Add your dates and destination on the main page, view the available properties and book the one you like the look of.
The range of properties isn’t quite as extensive as others in this list but the selection of destinations covers the entire globe. This could work well if you need accommodation in other countries of the world.
Booking.com is easy to use and prices are transparent. You don’t get the same level of choice, but the overall process is very straightforward.
Vrbo is a property rentals company that took over HomeAway. The combined company now has over 1 million properties on its books covering most of the world.
While Vrbo is primarily a vacation home provider, the purchase of HomeAway means they now offer shorter and longer term lets as part of the service.
It works the same as Booking.com. Select a destination, select your dates and see what’s available. Book through the site and everything is taken care of.
As far as we can tell, standards are high and reviews are good. There seem to be no hidden fees either, which is a definite positive.
We have more experience with HomeAway than Vrbo, but there’s no reason why the purchase should change too much.
Those are 5 of the many websites that list short term rentals. Each works slightly differently and has a different way of working.
Each delivers fully furnished short term rentals for vacations, work or other reasons though, which is why they are here!