Celebrating A Million HomeAway Properties!

IMG_2417Congratulations to our friends at HomeAway!  Today they celebrate their one millionth listing of rental properties world wide in 190 countries!  Tim and I consider ourselves the senior poster children for this terrific organization, since we’ve stayed in over twenty of their locations in just the past three years we’ve been on the road home free. That leaves us just 99,980 places left to enjoy! We even rent their properties when we visit our children in the U.S.  Having our own place certainly promotes family harmony and it allows us to entertain our children and grandchildren at “our” house, which is a real treat for us.

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Three darling granddaughters enjoying lunch at Nana and Tim’s HomeAway rental in Paso Robles, California.

I’ve written a lot about our experiences here on the blog and in Home Sweet Anywhere, so whether you’re a new reader or have been with us for a long time, you know that we are great fans of all the advantages HomeAway offers. Staying in vacation rentals gives us a chance to live like the locals, have twice the room at half the cost of a hotel, and save even more money by having the ability to cook our meals at home.  Unlike people on a two-week vacation, we really do live as we do at home, watching TV, reading, exploring the local attractions and meeting local people at a relaxed, unhurried pace.  So having our private space and room enough to feel comfortable is of primary importance to us. Here are some of the terrific spots we’ve enjoyed in the past few years:

  • Tim enjoying lunch on our terrace the day the sun came out in Staten Island.
  • Too much fun in our little house. Tim, Deborah Ingalls and daughter Alexandra in our HomeAway in Paso Robles, California, last year.
  • This work space in our apartment offered lots of light in Berlin.
  • Here's my fabulous coat from Salvation Army. I'm standing in our apartment in East Molesey, outside London.
  • Our kitchen in Buenos Aires.
  • All set for a dinner party in the summer of 2013.
  • Tim working on more plans in our house in Portugal.
  • And of course, our favorite Paris hideaway on Rue Charles Weiss.
Every place had its special qualities.  Our house in Portugal was enormous by our standards, with three bedrooms, two baths, a large kitchen, a wonderful terrace, and a quick walk to one  of the most stunning beaches we’ve ever seen!

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The world’s record surf was set on this beach!

Our hidey-hole in Dublin was also near the beach, but the wild winds and slashing rains made us glad that our apartment was in a 300+ year old mansion that had withstood storms much worse than the ones we were experiencing.

Old Connaght House
Our apartment was a small part of this gorgeous old mansion. We adored living there.

By contrast, our tiny place in Istanbul was crowded but incredibly clean and efficient, and what it lacked in interior space, it made up for entirely with views of the fabulous Blue Mosque and the breathtaking Bay of Istanbul with its thrilling bridges and endless traffic of huge ships steaming by.

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From our balcony in Istanbul. Magic! We know of three other readers who have stayed in that apartment so far.

We congratulate our friends at HomeAway on their accomplishment, even as we’re making plans right now to raise our rental numbers to at least forty in the next three years!  We may not make much of a dent in their 190 countries, but we’re certainly going to try!

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  1. Jacque Bloedorn

    Oh my gosh, what a great book!!! I would love to travel like you and Tim. Perhaps next year. I love the repositioning idea. Sound like you need to have a lot of knowledge to be able to pick the right room on a ship, Tim is a great planner. I will be sure to try home Away and VRBO. Happy traveling. I hope you will write another book.

  2. Karen Wagner

    Greetings from a Southern California Beach! I have just read your book and loved every minute spent with you on your adventures. We travel a bit differently but isn’t travel pretty much all good. at least on some level? Is there another book coming? I was wondering and perhaps this is too nosey, but, will the success of your book allow you to secure larger, and perhaps better furnished “away homes” or is it more your style to keep to the same sort of homes? We don’t value the gizmos as much as larger spaces, Space is not always easy to find in Europe. If you go back to Morocco, which we LOVED, try Fes and definitely visit Chefchaouen. I would love to live 6 months in Fes. Thank you for your first book and I hope there is a second. No pressure!!!

  3. Claire

    Hi! I’m Claire from South Korea.
    I am now reading your book and fell in love with your fun / exciting stories!
    thanks for sharing your lovely adventures.
    I am dreaming to try HomeAway someday soon!

  4. Suzanne

    Love Home Away and VRBO. Our favorites have been in Paris and Barcelona. We still book hotel rooms, but only for a night or two, and usually while we are road-tripping.

  5. Jean

    Alright now. We enjoy reading or seeing any pictures you post and thoroughly enjoyed reading your book. We used VRBO to book while in Barcelona and it was a pleasant experience. Next year we plan on staying more days in one place. It would be nice to see a list of favorite homes that people has rented in popular areas. Maybe you could come up with a published list similar to Rick Steves accommodations list in his books.

  6. Jennifer

    My sisters and I have booked a place for our trip in September and I love checking out the possibilities for future travel.

  7. Alexa @ travelmiamor

    we’re using homeaway for the first time in Jan. 2015! I’m excited to see how it all works!

  8. Linda

    Hmmmm. Is Home Away the same as VRBO? We like them ,too . We should give HomeAway a try We also use AirBnB for short stays.

  9. Lorri

    I use HomeAway on all vacations! Love it!