Travel Changes That Will Affect You in 2014

By Wendy Perrin - 2014-01-03T17:02:51Z

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Travelers Substitute Vacation Rentals for Hotel Rooms

A good way to avoid getting socked with hotel fees is to avoid hotels, which may be one reason why the vacation rental market really took off in 2013. The big players like Airbnb and HomeAway are meeting consumer demand for authentic local flavor and promising to give travelers more of the hotel-like features they want: Airbnb hired veteran hotel exec Chip Conley to be its new Head of Global Hospitality and train Airbnb home owners to be better hosts, and HomeAway created a new site specifically for luxury rental villas, some of which come with concierges. For the ultimate in hotel-like service and local hosts, though, stick with the hand-picked crop of villa rental specialists that I’ve spent years rigorously vetting and monitoring.

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