When hotels are not the only option

Rental apartments are popular in Europe. Photo by Marc Tollas

Office manager Janice de Jesus is one ‘bakasyonista’ who likes the feel of home when she is traveling. She prefers to stay in a rental close to a wet market so she can buy her favorite vegetables and cook for her family.

For her, staying in a hotel is not always the best option. If she can find a rental that allows her the amenities of home, she’d prefer that over a stuffy hotel whose sliding doors you can’t even open.

“Usually when people plan a vacation, they assume that a hotel is the only option available to them,” she said.

An increasing number of people are turning to property rental as an alternative. Whether in the city or deep in the countryside, there are some great opportunities available to people that want to spend a little while in a house or apartment instead of a hotel.

Property rental has over the past few years become more and more popular, as people seek to engage more with the community they’re staying in. In Janice’s travels — for work or family recreation – she’s found holiday homes with their own kitchen. She opted for that during her recent visit to London weeks before the Olympics.

“We were able to visit the local markets for ingredients, which gave us a chance to mingle with the locals and find out more about their food culture,” she said. “It’s also obviously a money-saver, when you can cook your own meals instead of having to find a restaurant three times a day.”

Apartments and houses also offer more space than hotel rooms. In a hotel, you’ll normally find a bed, a table, and a chair, but a fully furnished apartment is often the same price as a hotel, and gives you much more of a sense of freedom, when you have a living area separate to the bedroom.

Obviously, there are some differences. You can’t call room service at 4 in the morning and ask them to make you a sandwich, rather, you have to make it yourself. But the independence is also part of the appeal. You can find many rental properties at this site.

For people able to work from home, a vacation in a rented property can still be productive. Many properties offer Internet access, and a holiday home in the country can be a fantastic way to work and relax at the same time.

In Janice’s recent trip to the U.K., that meant spending half a day working at the computer, and having the other half of the day to cycle through the hills, or go swimming in a nearby lake.



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  1. […] For people able to work from home, a vacation in a rented property can still be productive. Many properties offer Internet access, and a holiday home in the country can be a fantastic way to work and relax at the same time. In Janice’s recent trip to the U.K., that meant spending half a day working at the computer, and having the other half of the day to cycle through the hills, or go swimming in a nearby lake. – The FilAm […]

  2. […] For people able to work from home, a vacation in a rented property can still be productive. Many properties offer Internet access, and a holiday home in the country can be a fantastic way to work and relax at the same time. In Janice’s recent trip to the U.K., that meant spending half a day working at the computer, and having the other half of the day to cycle through the hills, or go swimming in a nearby lake. – The FilAm […]

  3. […] For people able to work from home, a vacation in a rented property can still be productive. Many properties offer Internet access, and a holiday home in the country can be a fantastic way to work and relax at the same time. In Janice’s recent trip to the U.K., that meant spending half a day working at the computer, and having the other half of the day to cycle through the hills, or go swimming in a nearby lake. – The FilAm […]

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