This week I have been a bit neglectful about posting. Blogging about finances is a favorite activity for me so if I am not writing there is a definite distraction going on in my life. This has been the case this week while snow skiing with my family in Beaver Creek Colorado during my boys’ spring break. What a wonderful sport; the beauty and challenge of the mountains combined with an excellent workout and family time are truly fantastic!
You may be wondering what this has to do with being a financial woman. The answer is vrbo.com or vacation rental by owner. Being a financial woman entails spending wisely which is different from spending frugally while enjoying life’s pleasures. Traveling definitely falls into the life pleasure category for me. This website has owner vacation rentals available all over the world.
I like vrbo.com for several reasons. First you get more for your money because frequently no agency is involved. You deal directly with the owner. This cuts out a layer of fees which is beneficial for both the property owner and the person renting. Second the properties tend to feel more like home than a rental that is part of a large pool handled by a management company. For example the unit I rented in Beaver Creek had candles magazines books games and basic kitchen staples such as olive oil. You don’t have to remember to buy every single item at the grocery store. This is not only convenient but also economical because otherwise you end up buying an entire box of zip locks and use only one along with many other staples. Third the site usually has very reliable and extensive photos of the properties.
The other side of vrbo.com is using the site as an investor in vacation rental property to find tenants. This leads to an interesting topic for another blog. Until then explore vrbo.com and start planning your next trip to exotic places.