Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match... And I don't mean finding a date for that Halloween party!
In this Internet age, it's easier than ever to connect with the Florida vacation rental of your dreams. You can browse photos, often contact the homeowner with specific questions and, of course, get more bang for your buck than you would in a hotel. And if you're a property owner looking to find a renter, that's just as simple online.
Here are five websites to try:
1) Airbnb: Rent one room or the entire house. My friend and I recently celebrated her 30th birthday. We stayed in this gorgeous apartment she'd found on the website for only $150 a night. The owner even gave us restaurant recommendations; it was like having a personal concierge! That was my first time using Airbnb, but certainly not my last. airbnb.com.
2) HomeAway: Sort properties by travel style (budget, luxury...), location type (beach, lake river...) and even whether the home is run by an owner or property manager. homeaway.com.
3) Vacation Rentals by Owner: Not sure where in Florida you'd like to stay? This website breaks down the best locations for families, couples, pet lovers, spring breakers and more. vrbo.com.
4) VacationRoost: This site also offers help for travelers who need help narrowing things down. Just call the toll-free hotline to speak with a "destination expert." vacationroost.com.
5) VacationRentals.com: If your travel dates are flexible, subscribe to the weekly deals e-mail for last-minute bargains. vacationrentals.com.
Which websites do you use when planning a vacation?