National Geographic just released its Best of the World 2012 and several Perfect Places property locations made the list. There's no better way to "feel like a local" in the best places to travel than in vacation rentals.
Score one for California vacation rentals in Sonoma. More than 300 wineries are enough reason to visit Sonoma, but the area has much more to offer. Take a relaxing float down the Russian River in an inner tube, stroll among soaring, ancient Redwoods, see Spanish adobe missions and Russian stockades, go antique hunting and so much more.
Reminiscent of Tuscany, Istria is a romantic Adriatic region on Croatia's north peninsula. It's known for truffles, white wines, olive oil estates and ancient towns located on picturesque hillsides.
If you haven't already booked a vacation rental for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, now would be a good time. The city has spent $15 billion getting start of the art facilities up and running. Even if you can't get a ticket to the sporting events, there'll be plenty of buzz and excitement in and around one of the world's premier cities. Don't miss out.
If you've seen the Lord of the Rings movies, you know how unique and different the scenery looked. That's because they were filmed in New Zealand, which boasts some of the world's best natural beauty. See hot springs, glaciers, rain forests, volcanoes and much more.
Panama's a confluence of indigenous culture, nature and modern globalism. The Panama Canal makes the country a focal point for world trade. As you travel past the Canal Zone you encounter volcanoes, native cultures, national parks, tropical rain forests and more natural beauty than you can see in one trip.
From the high elevations of Machu Picchu to the world's deepest canyons, from the world's rarest birds to bustling Lima, there are plenty of reasons to book a vacation rental in Peru. One of the best may be the recent discovery by foodies of all the culinary delights available in Peru. While locals have long known about Peru's great food, outsiders are just beginning to appreciate the flavors this South American country has to offer.
How about a visit to the birthplace of Western Civilization? Not only will you find all the history you can handle, you'll also be amazed by seaside resorts and a rugged mainland with spectacular scenery.
Muskoka's for anyone looking to truly get away from it all. It's a 2,500 square mile area that offers over 8,500 miles of shoreline on dozens of lakes, waterfalls, historic towns and natural beauty that will keep you in awe for your entire trip.