Friday, January 20, 2012

Vacation Rentals Put Expensive Cities Within Reach

Many people avoid traveling to the world's most expensive cities because of the cost of lodging. It seems as if you can always find affordable activities, but affordable hotels are another matter. Especially for families.

Consider vacation rentals the next time you go to a pricey location. You can sometimes save on the per-night rate. And you can almost always expect more value for your money. Keep in mind that most vacation rentals have at least a two night minimum stay. But this shouldn't be a problem, since most of these locations are so much fun you'll want to stay as long as possible.


Toronto's the fifth most populous city in North America, with a metro area of over 5 million. Visit the waterfront, which is one of North America's largest and includes Harbourfront, Ontario Place, Rogers Centre and the CN Tower. There's also the St. Lawrence Market, considered by many to be one of the world's best food markets. A stay in a Toronto vacation rental can make your trip even more enjoyable, and affordable. 


Helsinki, Finland, is another pricey location that can be made more affordable by staying in a  as opposed to a hotel. There's the Suomenlinna Forest, built in the 1700s on six islands. You'll find museums, shops, cafes and restaurants. You'll also enjoy the city's historic center and Old Town, Toolanlahti Bay, and much more. Plus, you can use your Helsinki vacation rental as a base to explore more of Finland.

Zurich and Geneva
Switzerland boasts two of the most expensive cities to visit, but they're well worth the price. Especially since you'll be getting the most value for your money, in line with the Swiss tradition. Zurich has a variety of areas to explore, including Augustinergass, a beautiful, old street with charm and character. Augustinergasse connects Bahnofstrasse with St. Peterhofstatt for a robust Zurich experience. Geneva combines old world elegance with many outdoor activities centered around Lake Geneva and the mountains, including Mont Blanc.