5 Reasons to rent a property on your next holiday

Sometimes it is nice to go away and stay in a hotel where everything is done for you. But there are also times when it is nice to enjoy the personal space that renting a property gives you.

1. Privacy and Freedom

When you are alone you can be completely yourselves. Holiday rentals give you privacy and freedom to do what you want when you want. There are no restaurant opening hours to adhere to and there should be no disturbances. Rentals enable you to hide completely from the world, if that is what you want to do.

Enjoy the sea view from an apartment in Santorini, Greece

2. Live the dream

Live the life you always dreamed of, without the tax and maintenance bills. For however many weeks you choose, that beautiful property with the spectacular view can be all yours (for as long as you can afford it!) Holiday rentals sometimes come across as a bit pricey, but when you consider the cost of running a property and weigh up the amount of time you would have free to enjoy it, renting doesn’t look so expensive.

3. Self-catering possibilities

Rentals are great for families and those with specific dietary requirements. Holidaying with children can be an effort to find suitable food and at a time they want it. If you have kitchen facilities you can easily remedy that. Equally, anyone with complicated dietary requirements will be able to sort themselves out easily in a villa.

Outdoor dining and self-catering is easy when you rent a holiday property

4. Research

Or if you are thinking of moving to an area, or investing in a holiday property, why not rent a few different places while trying to decide where you want to settle? It is an inexpensive way to familiarise yourself with a place before making a far larger financial commitment.

5. Do things your way

If you are a keen explorer but like to do things your own way then renting a holiday property may be the gentle introduction you would choose to some varied new places. Farmhouses in the French countryside may appeal to some people, while others would choose an apartment in a buzzing city centre, a dive lodge in the Philippines or an Aspen vacation rental to take advantage of the skiing. Whatever your interests there is a vacation rental for you out there somewhere.  

Have you ever rented a property to holiday in rather than stayed in a hotel? How did you find it?


  • Steve

    I can definitely see the appeal of renting a property on a holiday. I’ve never done it before, but you could say I’m kind of doing that right now. The school I’m at in Casablanca set me up with an apartment. It’s great. Instead of a small hostel or hotel room to stay in, I get to come back every night to a big apartment. It’s centrally located too so I can walk around the city all the time to get to know the area.

    I’ve especially enjoyed your first two points about privacy and self-catering. I can get into comfortable clothes every night and just lounge around. Plus, I can cook and eat stuff from the grocery stores many nights instead of eating out.

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      Hi Steve – Glad to hear you are enjoying Morocco so far and seem comfortably accommodated. It is certainly an advantage to be able to wander around town at your leisure when you arrive somewhere new, isn’t it?
      My recent post Market day in Bonnieux

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