Renting an Apartment When Traveling Abroad

Larger Space, Better Value

Rome ApartmentTraveling without any lodging reservations can be considered adventurous for some people. When I traveled through Europe, there were several places on my itinerary where I had no reservations for a place to sleep that night.  Often times, I would get off the train and head to the tourist office and see what they had available in the area.

It always worked out as there are so many lodging opportunities in most of the bigger tourist spots.  Occasionally, I’d take a room from a stranger off the street.

One of my favorite places I rested my head was in Cinque Terre, Italy. Jumping off the train into the first “terre” of the “cinque” towns – Riomaggiore – a man who looked to be in his early 60’s approached us.  In his broken English, he said the words, “Do you need a room?”

Well, he must have read our minds.  Sergio lead us to his two bedroom condo only minutes from the train.  We loved it.  And it was cheap. The experiences of him cooking authentic Italian food and bringing out Grappa that had been soaking since the previous millennium was something that will always be treasured.

Apartments vs. Hotels

There is a certain charm and uniqueness that apartments offer that you can’t often find when you stay at a hotel.  Spending your vacation in an apartment makes you feel like you are part of the community, instead of a tourist.  Each apartment is distinct from any other and offers far more space than a typical hotel room with a couple beds.

While a hotel may offer free breakfast and room service, you probably won’t get a full kitchen to create a meal of your own.  Shopping in the local market and whipping up an authentic local dish adds to whole traveling experience.

If you are not the adventurous type and would prefer to have a reservation instead of hoping a kind gentleman will meet you at the train, you may want to check out places that book ahead of time.

ApartmentsApart offers vacation apartments as an alternative to hotels for your vacation.  While the site includes apartments all over Europe, Asia and the U.S., most apartments are in Brussels, Rome, London, Barcelona, Prague, Warsaw, Paris, Krakow, and Madrid.

Whether you are looking for deals on London apartments or to stay in a place in Rome, renting an apartment can give you the vacation you are looking for, close to the center of town and tourist attractions.  Often times, this is a cheaper route if you are traveling with a small group or as a family with children.  Why not rent an apartment for your next vacation?

7 Responses to Renting an Apartment When Traveling Abroad

  1. I’m very fond of traveling and usually travel with group of around 20-25 people. We all book rooms in hotels which actually deprive us from the fun of staying together. Your comparison of hotel with apartment on rent was worth a read. It will be really a different experience of such a huge bunch living together under the same roof while travling and we are getting home cooked food so that also will give
    our tummy some relief which otherwise start revolting by continue binging of junks. Thanks for this superb idea.

    Saputara September 4, 2011 at 8:00 am Reply
  2. Renting an apartment when you are travelling around Europe is definitely the way to go- especially if you aren’t alone. It can be cheaper, more private and help you save mney on food etc.

    I definately recommend going with an established company though, as renting from private owners can be super tricky and risky. There are plenty of rental agencies online, and they aren’t limited to Europe either. If you are going to the Caribbean look online for websites that offer villa rentals . There are several reputable companies out there.

    Bob September 22, 2011 at 9:14 am Reply
  3. Service apartments are getting popular all over the Europe, they really are great for family holidays also nice alternative to hotels with their service and prices. Great tips for travelers.

    Mari February 17, 2012 at 12:31 pm Reply
  4. I prefer apartments than a hotel, but my favourite one is bungalow in some great camping. The advantage of camping is that you are still outside, there are no walls, and beautiful nature around! So do not wait, and look for a great campings, there are lots of them in Italy or France!

    Julo, Travel via Italy March 5, 2012 at 2:49 pm Reply
    • I lovve to camp! I have not considered camping in Italy! Sounds fun! :)

      Julie March 5, 2012 at 3:29 pm Reply
  5. I often rent apartments rather than live in hotels – due to the nature of my job I’m lucky enough to be able to choose where I live – as long as I have a reliable internet connection. So I pick somewhere I have friends, or where I’m interested in getting to know the culture and stay… Paris, France was my last stop, but I’ve also stayed in apartments in Italy, Croatia and Malta – sometimes with house-mates – other times on my own.

    I personally dislike the hotel style decor and usually try to book a furnished apartment when I am in a location for over one week.

    To see how serviced apartments in France typically reduce in cost depending on the length of stay, please click here.

    Steve Scott July 13, 2013 at 5:44 am Reply
  6. You can save money on vacation, for example by spending less on renting apartments rather than hotels. Here you have a site where you can get a great price apartments in Barcelona and with a good location.

    Analia August 16, 2013 at 3:46 am Reply

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