Hi there! If you’re reading this, it means you’re intrigued to find out the difference between VRBO and Airbnb. After conducting weeks of research, I came to the conclusion of what each platform truly offers.
The real inspiration for this post stems from the fact that most people will be traveling by car instead of plane this summer and perhaps beyond that. 2020 has changed our lives, our priorities, our perspectives and it’s changed the way we travel. I see road trips in out future!
Since I’m used to being on the go, I knew I had to figure out a way to keep traveling, while social distancing and staying safe. That’s when I realized renting a home is the way to go.
The house you’re all obsessed with
I recently stayed at an amazing house in Lake Tahoe that I found through VRBO and had to share my experience. The direct link shares all the details you need to know about the house. If you want a personal tour and an inside look of my weekend, you can check out my “VRBO Lake Tahoe” highlight on my Instagram.
We had an absolutely amazing time, renting this massive house right in the woods with the most beautiful view of the lake. We were able to relax, watch movies, cook all our meals in this amazing kitchen and enjoy the local parks and hikes. It was truly one of the best weekends we’ve had in Lake Tahoe.
This particular house is not linked directly to VRBO, so if you are interested in booking this house for rent, do so directly through this link and be sure to let them know I referred you.
Since SO may of you showed an interest in the house I stayed at, I decided to become a VRBO affiliate! You can now book a rental using my VRBO link here.
VRBO is going to be an amazing way to travel this summer. Before making any decisions, however, it’s important to know the the differences between the most popular vacation rental platforms.
Here’s the difference between VRBO and Airbnb:
VRBO stands for Vacation Rentals by Owner and has actually been around for quite some time. The website was created in 1995 as a way for home owners to list their properties for short term rental. It is still widely used today! VRBO is best for entire home rentals, families and large groups. It currently has over 2 million listings online.
Airbnb is the newer and more widely known platform for sourcing a place to stay. It was created back in 2008 and works the same way as VRBO except with Airbnb you have the option to rent partial rooms and homes. Airbnb is best for shared rooms, apartments and smaller homes. It currently has over 4 million listings online.
|Entire house rental||Partial & entire house rental|
|Larger groups & families||Smaller groups & friends|
|Offers extravagant homes||Offers creative experiences|
|Lengthier contract terms||Shorter contract terms|
|Charges security deposit, |
then refunds after the trip
|Places funds on hold|
|Full privacy||Full privacy not guranteed|
|6-12% service fees||5-20% service fees|
|Personalized cancellation policies||Flexible, moderate or strict policies|
|More luxury||More adventure|
|Less options, high-end||More options, lower average price|
If you’re wondering which of the two is my favorite, it really depends on what I’m looking for as both are great platforms to book through. However, VRBO has come out ahead with regard to luxury options and customer service. Jamie & I value space, luxury and accommodations for any place we stay, so VRBO was the best for that.
Stay tuned for VRBO guides for around the country! A California guide will be coming shortly.
Happy travels xx