Vacation experiences vary from a month traveling across Europe to a few weeks lounging on a beach in the Caribbean. However, if you are in it for the long haul and perhaps have decided to stay for a duration of 6 months in your destination city, then maybe living the life of a local by renting an apartment or house is your solution.
A Variation of Vacation Ownership
You might have thought of buying a vacation property or taking part in a part-time vacation ownership plan or time-share property but the idea might not completely appeal to you. If you like to travel to different cities, then renting a property at your chosen vacation city might make more sense. In essence it can cost you much less than staying in a hotel long term. You get the comforts of home and you get the chance to see what it's like to live in that city.
Vacation home sharing such as the type you can find online that are very popular come with their own drawbacks, and sometimes you might even have to share the property with the owner for the duration. If you value your privacy, then renting an apartment or perhaps a house for a few months could very well be ideal.
Apartments Are Ideally Located
While it's true that many popular hotels are situated right in the downtown core next to all the action, apartments tend to be located in quieter neighborhoods that might be more your style. Of course, you certainly can find rental properties in the middle of the action but if you prefer to be just outside, maybe even in the suburbs of a large city, then a rental could offer you the location right for you.
Unless you are planning to move to your vacation city, choose properties or management companies that deal with short-term rental leases. There are corporate apartments and other completely furnished rentals that have leases designed for short-term stays. These buildings offer all the comforts of home. They may have amenities such as a pool and exercise room, and tend to be centrally located close to transit and major areas of the city.
If you wish, it usually is possible to take a tour around each apartment you are considering to get a feel for what the accommodation is like. It is a good idea to look around at several properties before deciding on one and see if you can get the best deal possible by negotiating price and/or utilities included.