Escaping the Polar Vortex: How To Find The Perfect Vacation Rental


Please welcome Gillian Duffy to my blog! She is guest posting for me today and is the author of the new book “How To Find The Perfect Vacation Rental.”

How To Find The Perfect Vacation Rental

I know. It’s cold out there, right? North America has, for some reason, been hit with the Big Freeze this year. Snow. Ice. Wind chill. Freezing rain. We’ve seen it all.

I, for one, am done.

I dream of Mexico and Jamaica, Cuba and Hawaii, Costa Rica and Belize. Places where the sun shines almost every day, the beaches go on forever, and it’s warm. I dream of warm.

Most people dreaming of warm escape to the resorts that line these beaches and are stuffed with northerners looking for any relief from the cold and dark of home.

There’s a better way. You can choose a vacation rental.

Vacation Rental Better Than a Hotel

What’s that, you ask?

Most vacation rentals are people’s homes, or second homes, which they rent out in order to provide a service to travellers and to make some extra income. That’s what makes them so desirable; it is someone’s home so it feels more like your home away from home.

Vacation Rental Just Like Home

Vacation rentals are apartments, condominiums, and houses; all fully furnished and ready for your stay. Your whole family can fit – no more snuggling up, three to a bed. There’s a kitchen for leisurely morning coffee and breakfast, a living room for watching movies before bed, and enough space that you won’t all be in each others laps.

They are regular homes, in regular neighbourhoods, which makes them extra special. It’s local travel, comfortable travel, easy travel.

You can find vacation rentals in all the same places you would find a beach resort. Some are on the beach, others a little farther away, but what you gain by interacting with real people is worth the walk to the beach, believe me.

Don’t know how to find a vacation rental? I can help!

I wrote How To Find The Perfect Vacation Rental to help people just like you. People who are overwhelmed with the process of finding a property, who just don’t know where to start, who think it’s just too much work.

In it I explain what a vacation rental is and who they are best suited for. I honestly state what the benefits and drawbacks are and include a cost comparison case study to show the financial value of vacation rentals. The bulk of the book, though, is written to combat the feeling of overwhelm that people face when searching for a property. I break down the criteria selection process, compare vacation rental websites, compile a list of questions to ask, and walk you through the exact process we use to find and enjoy vacation rentals around the world.

If you’re thinking of escaping the Polar Vortex (and, really, aren’t we all?), then think about a vacation rental and enjoy a slice of home away from home.

 Gillian Duffy How To Find The Perfect Vacation Rental

Gillian not only enjoys using vacation rentals when she travels…she wrote the book on it! “How to Find the Perfect Vacation Rental” is available on her blog where you can also follow along on her adventures, mis-steps, and personal journey as she travels the world and sets out on a cycle tour of Europe this spring.

Brandy Reid is a stay at home mom to two very active and hockey obsessed boys. As a former YA librarian, Brandy loves to read and is obsessed with reading everyday whether it be books or blogs. Brandy proudly admits that she is a wee bit addicted to social media, especially Twitter. She also believes that everything in life you can related to the iconic TV Show Friends. No day is complete without chocolate.


  1. SL
    February 14, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    I would love to escape to another country right now! We have a rainy, windy mess happening in Nova Scotia (though for the moment it isn’t too horrible) today and are expecting a snow storm tomorrow! I mean, really!

    I will check out the book! I hope there are some ideas on how families can have an adventure on a budget without breaking the bank.

    Great post. Excellent timing!

  2. Fariha
    February 14, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Sounds like a great concept. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Christine
    February 14, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    What a great option for traveling!! I will definitely look into it! Thanks so much!

  4. Nancy @ Whispered Inspirations
    February 14, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    I love staying at vacation homes, all the comforts of home away from home.

  5. Jenn
    February 14, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    I think renting a home instead of a hotel is much more practical with young children! It allows you to spread out and keep a consistent routine!

  6. Kerrie @ Family Food and Travel
    February 14, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    We’ve never used a Vacation Rental but I know many that did and love it. Great tips!

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