3 Airbnb Alternatives Perfect for Budget Travelers

by Joanna E
3 Airbnb Alternatives Perfect for Budget Travelers
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Do you have a large family and want to save some money on lodging costs for vacation? A vacation rental may be your answer. The number one thing I look for when planning out any vacation, especially after finding a flight deal is the cost of lodging. Our most recent family vacation included 10 adults and 5 children. Staying at Disney resorts are expensive so we rented a house. The vacation rental gave us the feeling of being home and it saved us about $5000+ vs getting a hotel room for each family.

vacation rental airbnb alternative

A popular vacation rental option for budget travelers is Airbnb. Many don’t know there are a number of Airbnb alternatives online. Recently, there have been recent allegations of discrimination from owners towards potential guests, whether it be race, gender, age or sexual orientation. If you aren’t aware of Airbnb alternatives available, here are three you can choose from.


For both family trips to Florida, we rented villas through HomeAway. The site has 1.2 million listings in over 190 countries. HomeAway offers luxury home and room rental options and you can compare prices for listings in the same area. If there are specific questions about the property, contact the host directly before renting.

homeaway airbnb alternatives

FlipKey by Tripadvisor

Owned by TripAdvisor, FlipKey features over 300,000 rooms, homes or apartments for rent in 11,000 cities. If you are a solo traveler and choose their private room option, FlipKey requires owners to provide a government-issued ID and proof of address. This is part of their internal validation check and to reduce the risk of fraud. If there are any issues with your rental and used their payment platform, the payment protection plan offers guests a full refund.

Flipkey airbnb alternatives


Innclusive (formally Noirebnb) was created as a response to Airbnb and other online marketplace discrimination issues. The Innclusive team hopes to make lasting positive impacts on the travel community between owners and renters on a global scale. As a special promotion, Innclusive is offering $20 off the first booking for new members.

Innclusive airbnb alternatives

Have you tried any of the these Airbnb alternatives before?

3 Airbnb Alternatives Perfect for Budget Travelers

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Kemkem August 26, 2016 - 9:21 AM

I’ve used Flipkey before. I have to try the new Innclusive. Glad they changed their name. I have to say l never had any problems l was unaware of with AirBnB over 5 years that l’ve been using them, but it’s always good to have an alternative.

Eva August 26, 2016 - 11:35 AM

I have to check into these! I plan to do more traveling when I graduate, so these are great alternatives to a hotel 🙂

Holly August 26, 2016 - 6:27 PM

I have heard of them,but haven’t tried them. I do like airbnb though.

Latoya August 27, 2016 - 3:58 PM

Thanks for sharing these alternatives to AirnB! I will definitely remember them for our next trip!

Elle August 28, 2016 - 6:46 AM

We often travel with a group of 10 or more, renting a house is usually our best option. I’ve tried HomeAway, but not the others. I will have to look into those as well.

Tia August 28, 2016 - 8:44 PM

I’ve used HomeAway before. Excited for Innclusive to come out soon though!

kayvona August 28, 2016 - 9:35 PM

This is so interesting to me, I personally do enjoy staying in a hotel when on vacation but I’m becoming pretty curious about Airbnb and such.

KenyaRae August 28, 2016 - 9:55 PM

I will have to check into these. I just recently heard about the inclusive one. I am intrigued.

Kim August 28, 2016 - 11:04 PM

These are all great resources for travelers. I’ve never used HomeAway, but may need to next May/June.

Mimi Green August 28, 2016 - 11:45 PM

I’m already familiar with Home Away, but I will check out the others you’ve mentioned. Home Away was a great experience.

Tanya August 29, 2016 - 6:16 PM

I am always leary of these but having seen so many blogger sisters posting about these alternatives, I will have to give it a try. I definitely would not travel alone though. Thanks for sharing.

Katherine G August 30, 2016 - 8:24 AM

These are great options. Wish I had known about them when we were planning on taking a vacation with family over the summer. It will come in handy next summer though.

Jonna September 5, 2016 - 1:18 PM

I haven’t tried any of these options but I really want to. Hearing the bad stories makes me nervous, especially when I travel alone. Glad to hear of these other options besides AirBnB


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