We often say that vacation rentals allow travelers to experiences destinations “like a local.” And there’s plenty of ways to argue that phrase isn’t entirely accurate. Because let’s be honest. Who wants to take out the trash, do the dishes, deal with loud neighbors on vacation? Living like a local is more a general style of fitting in and it’s increasingly popular these days.
But on the opposite side of the spectrum, let’s be honest: sometimes, and in some destinations, travelers just want to be tourists. In some places, a traveler would be remiss NOT to stop by a historic landmark or a world wonder, if only for a few minutes to take it all in. I think Rome is one of those places. And I think I am one of those guys.
Rome started off as simply a world-famous landmark to me. But I left with a much more nuanced and human understanding: specific faces and flavors and stories that will act like internal time stamps for me to reference at a later date. This "life like a local" is emerging as something people are willing to pay for, fight for, and challenge in the face of change. That a loving vacation rental mother of two made my Rome learning experience possible seemed fitting. But then again, home is often where the heart is.
Matt Landau is the Founder of the VRMB and the Inner Circle, two online resources dedicated to helping vacation rental owners and managers generate more bookings.