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  • Plan your next family vacation thru a private lake home rental like homeaway MN. The idea of a private lake home rental on the lake for family reunions is always a big hit. Explore all of the different options here in Minnesota from a small 1 bedroom cabin all the way up to a luxury 6 bedroom hpome that sleeps 22 people.

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    Travelers going overseas often look for homes to rent, whether for reasons of economy or for a richer, more textured experience among the locals. But many Midwesterners may not have thought of doing the same thing here.

     While vacation rentals are no new thing — one of the industry's trade associations, Vacation Rental Managers Association, has been around since 1985 — the Internet has made renting properties increasingly accessible. The vacation rental market represented $24.3 billion in 2007, which is more than one-fifth of all hotel-room revenue ($107 billion) and 8 percent of the total U.S. travel market ($289 billion), according to market research group PhoCusWright.

    "The draw for these homes has always been there, but people couldn't find them," said William May, director of the Vacation Rental Industry Association.

    Thanks to the Internet, property owners and real estate-managing companies can post photos, maps, descriptions and amenities of their properties on more than 700 Web sites dedicated to vacation home rentals. Options range from two-bedroom cabins in Westby, Wis., to a one-bedroom condo in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago to a 16-bedroom lodge in Traverse City, Mich., with prices stretching from $50 a night to $17,000 a week.

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    "Renting a vacation home is simply a better deal than staying in a recreational hotel," May said. "If you're going to go to New York on business and stay one or two nights, a hotel is an ideal solution for you. But if you're going to go someplace for a week or two, let down your hair, relax, renting a private vacation home is a better deal, and I don't just mean financially."


    Rentals offer privacy, common areas, spaciousness and convenience. You can save money on dining and entertainment by taking advantage of amenities such as full kitchens, hot tubs, swimming pools, grills, board games, patios, large yards, DVD players and more.

    Last year the popular travel planning Web site TripAdvisor.com added a vacation-rentals area to its offerings and partnered with FlipKey.com to offer more than 100,000 listings along with reviews of the rentals from verified guests. Tripadvisor.com even has a vacation-rentals calculator feature, which allows users to compare the average cost of a trip using a vacation rental versus a hotel.

    Hank Hudepohl, director of vacation rentals at TripAdvisor.com, said vacation-rental guests run the gamut, from families to couples, even people traveling alone on business. Regardless of background, Hudepohl said, most first-time guests share similar concerns: cleanliness, cautiousness (who to call if something goes wrong) and cost.


    "Once you stay in a rental, you see that, for instance, these places actually are clean, they're tidy and if you need help, there's somebody you can call in most instances," he said. "Part of it is just overcoming some of these misconceptions about what a vacation rental is. There's also a group that feels like it's a luxury or splurge type of travel and have never considered that it can save you money."

    Hudepohl said the most common searches on TripAdvisor.com are for two-bedroom properties that sleep six to eight (six people in one rental property saves an average of 30 percent compared with hotel stays). Weeklong travel also is popular, because many rentals offer a reduced rate for longer stays. Geographically, the most sought-after areas are near lakes and beaches, and in the mountains.

     Nearly half of U.S. adults (44 percent) have not planned their summer vacations yet, according to new data from HomeAway®, the world leader in vacation rentals, and Radius Global Market Research. The survey of 1,000 U.S. adults also found 72 percent of Americans have not started saving for summer travel, with many planning on using tax refunds, work bonuses, or even income from taking on additional jobs to book their next getaway.


    Luckily, prospective travelers may not need to save much money to plan their perfect trip, according to HomeAway’s Science of Memories study, which surveyed 700 summer travelers before, during and after their vacations, finding that more expensive vacations do not result in better memories.

    “Planning an unforgettable trip doesn’t have to cost a fortune or be booked well in advance. One of the most interesting findings of our vacation memories study is that $5,000 vacations aren’t any more memorable than those that cost just $500,” said Melanie Fish, HomeAway family travel expert. “The study also found getting excited about taking a trip before you travel can increase its memorability by up to 73 percent, so now is the time to anticipate and daydream about summertime getaways.”

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    Additional findings from HomeAway’s Science of Memories provide travelers with helpful tips on planning more memorable vacations – including research to help those who have already booked their trips:  


    1. Snap those selfies: travelers who take photos and selfies are 40 percent more likely to remember their vacations well. Notably, Instagram users are 24 percent more likely to clearly remember how they feel during important vacation moments than Facebook users.
    2. Don’t break the bank: HomeAway’s research showed that expensive vacations are not more memorable than economical trips.
    3. Get excited: vacationers who report feeling happy and excited before their vacations are 73 percent more likely to remember their vacations well those who felt stressed, frustrated or calm.
    4. Head to the mountains or hit the beach: mountain and beach vacations are the most memorable destinations. Cities ranked as the least memorable in HomeAway’s sample, coming in under amusement parks and small towns.

    This is welcome news for HomeAway travelers as many are flocking to sunny destinations including the Florida panhandle, HomeAway’s most popular destination this summer. Other high-demand areas include Myrtle Beach, Maui and the greater Orlando area near Walt Disney World. For these top destinations, average rates for HomeAway vacation rentals range from $117 to $360 per night.


    “If families haven’t planned their summer getaways yet, there’s no need to stress - there are still vacation homes available even in the peak summer weeks, especially if there’s a willingness to be a little flexible on location,” added Fish. “For example, travelers visiting the Florida panhandle can save almost $200 per night by renting a home in Panama City Beach versus the pricier South Walton area, based on average nightly rates for the region. Visitors to North Carolina’s coastal beaches can save $56 per night on their vacation rentals by opting to visit central coast beaches such as Emerald Isle and Atlantic Beach versus the more popular Outer Banks area.”





    About the surveys

    The HomeAway Science of Memories study surveyed more than 700 travelers from six countries throughout the summer of 2016. Travelers were surveyed before, during, and after their trips with questions designed to measure memory recall. In addition to being the first survey of its kind to investigate the factors that create lasting vacation memories, the HomeAway Science of Memories study is one of the first surveys to investigate the impact of technology usage on vacation memory formation. This research study was designed and conducted by HomeAway and researchers at the University of Texas at Austin. Hanover Research aided in the fielding and analysis of the survey. For more information on what makes vacations memorable, check out the white paper.


    HomeAway’s data on the summer travel planning habits of Americans comes courtesy of Radius Global Market Research. 1,135 U.S. adults aged 18+ were surveyed in early April 2017 to determine how many Americans have planned and saved for their summer vacations. Additional information on the top destinations of summer travelers was sourced from HomeAway internal data.

    About HomeAway

    HomeAway, based in Austin, Texas, is the world leader in vacation rentals with sites representing more than 1.2 million online bookable vacation rental homes in 190 countries, and is a part of the Expedia, Inc. family of brands. Through HomeAway, owners and property managers offer an extensive selection of vacation homes that provide travelers with memorable experiences and benefits, including more room to relax and added privacy, often for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodations. The company also makes it easy for vacation rental owners and property managers to advertise their properties and manage bookings online. The HomeAway portfolio includes the leading vacation rental websites HomeAway.com, VRBO.com, and VacationRentals.com in the United States; HomeAway.co.uk and OwnersDirect.co.uk in the United Kingdom; HomeAway.de in Germany; Abritel.fr and Homelidays.com in France; HomeAway.es and Toprural.es in Spain; AlugueTemporada.com.br in Brazil; HomeAway.com.au and Stayz.com.au in Australia; Bookabach.co.nz in New Zealand; and in Asia, HomeAway.asia. The company also operates BedandBreakfast.com, the most comprehensive global site for finding bed-and-breakfast properties, providing travelers with another source for unique lodging alternatives to chain hotels. 

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