vacation rental search and travel trends

2021 Vacation Rental Search Report

How today's travelers are looking and booking—plus tips for vacation rental owners to beat the competition.
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Sneak peek: 3 top takeaways

Our 2021 Vacation Rental Search Report analyzed 12 months of proprietary data from, encompassing tens of millions of users and site visits, and thousands of vacation home listings. We’ve distilled it down to our top 15 findings about travelers’ browsing and purchase behavior—along with insider tips on how vacation rental owners can win guests and earn more.

Read on for a preview of what you'll find in the report.

1. Smaller homes, bigger demand

Across our portfolio, more guests search for 2-bedroom homes than any other size—suiting a couple, a few friends, or a small family. The popularity of 2- and 3-bedroom homes is no surprise given the past year, when many guests have been traveling with just their households.

2. Spending habits

Almost half of guests who search for a specific price range (49%) are looking for homes with a maximum nightly rate between $50 and $249. At the same time, guests seem more willing to spend on vacation compared to pre-pandemic. The average total reservation cost has grown 22% over the last year, driven by longer stays and slightly higher average rates.

3. Settling in for a week

Short trips are declining in popularity, and we’ve seen more 4- to 7-night trips. The new star of the show is 7-night stays, which make up 15% of reservations on our site (up from 10% the previous year).

Data is based on searches and reservations booked April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021, unless otherwise indicated. Percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number.

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