Vacation rentals are private accommodations that are rented out to travelers on a short-term basis. Usually they are fully furnished apartments, condos, houses, cottages, or lodges, where guests can use the kitchen, amenities, and outdoor space (if any). Vacation rentals are seen as alternatives to traditional hotel stays, giving travelers more privacy, space, and often the feeling of a local lifestyle.
The most popular vacation rental websites are Airbnb, Vrbo (previously HomeAway), and Booking.com.Vacation rental software helps manage vacation rental properties. Similar to hotel property management systems, it automates main operations such as reservation scheduling, booking processing, and communication, allows users to synchronize availability across distribution channels, supports revenue management, marketing, reporting, and so on. Some of the popular software providers are Guesty, Hostaway, and Lodgify.