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My First Experience Using VRBO for Vacation Rentals

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Today I am sharing with you my first experience using VRBO – a vacation rental site.

My first experience using VRBO

During our trip to Cedar Point this year with our youth group, we decided we wanted to do something different than the normal hotel stay. I had heard a lot about VRBO — the perfect place to plan your vacation stay, so I decided to give it a try.

My first experience using VRBO

I have never used a service like this before, so I was a little unsure of what to expect. It was easy — I put in the dates we were visiting and the number of people we had coming with us. Up popped the perfect location in Chesapeake Lofts, just 5 minutes from Cedar Point.

My first experience using VRBO

My First Experience Using VRBO for Vacation Rentals

I found the apartment very easily and contacted the seller to ask a few questions. Once I knew we were going to like the area, I put my deposit down and secured the stay.

Even though I was nervous because I had never used VRBO before, my fears were quickly put to rest.

My first experience using VRBO

We did have an issue when we first arrived, but the owner quickly took care of that and gave us a later checkout time to help accommodate us.

Honestly — I could not have asked for a better place to stay while we were visiting Sandusky, Oh. The Chesapeake Loft apartment was perfect. It sleeps 10 and since we had 9 people in our group is was perfect.

My favorite place was the balcony area where I sat every morning enjoying the view and my coffee 🙂

Would I Recommend Using VRBO?

The teens really liked being all together in one place — where they spent many a night playing games late into the evening after returning from Cedar Point. In fact, one evening, they had fun staying up making root beer floats together.

The apartment where we stayed had everything we needed — and was right on Lake Erie! We walked around the grounds at night and enjoyed seeing the beautiful lights of the amusement park right across the water.

My first experience using VRBO

The grocery store was only a few blocks down the road. We were also within walking distance to a lot of eclectic shops and restaurants.

I can't wait to visit another area and use VRBO again for finding a fun place to stay!

Have you ever used VRBO before?

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VRNO

Monday 8th of January 2018

I'm so glad you had a good experience using VRBO. They used to be a great service until Expedia bought them and they started charging travelers unnecessary service fees. Find the actual vacation rental websites or NO FEE listing sites where you can book directly with the owner and SAVE!

Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

Saturday 2nd of September 2017

I haven't yet tried VRBO or AirBnB yet, I guess I have many of the same reservations that most do, not knowing the area well enough to be evaluate whether or not you want to stay at a particular spot . If it's a location I have never been I will have no real idea how central to the attractions the home is. That becomes extra important to me as I do not drive and need to stay somewhere that is central to tourist attractions.

sara

Saturday 2nd of September 2017

We have used VRBO at least 4 times! It has always been a very good experience for us.

Marysa

Friday 1st of September 2017

I haven't used VRBO but we have had many friends recommend it. I think it would be a great way to find vacation rentals and even just places for when you travel.

Alicia Trautwein

Friday 1st of September 2017

I have never heard of VRBO before. It definitely sounds like an awesome service! I will make sure to check them out first for our next trip!

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