I love staying in other people’s houses. I especially love staying in other people’s houses when they’re not there. It’s not that I’m nosey; it’s more that I get that locked-in-a-department-store feeling of discovery. You get to poke around behind the scenes of someone else’s world; look at their books (and psychologically profile them based on the trash: literature ratio), judge their linen and marvel at their out-of-date fancy mustards. So many things go unnoticed in your everyday environment but in other people’s houses, everything is a clue.
Imagine, then, a whole world of other people’s houses that are available to rent. Welcome to HomeAway, the world’s largest holiday rental site with properties of all sizes, shapes and vintages across the globe.
Think historic chalets, minimalist one bedders, crumbly pied a terres and villas overlooking sapphire seas.
According to the site, it’s 50 – 80 per cent cheaper to rent a house than a hotel room based on square metres but beyond that, you get a kitchen, personality and the lived-in warmth of a home rather than a room.