Stay in a furnished apartment or monastery

The hotels are full this summer. Vacation rentals are too expensive. So where are you staying?

It’s a question I had to answer quickly when I arrived in Athens for a month-long visit. My vacation rental failed at the last minute. And the usual suspects – Airbnb and Vrbo – had a limited and expensive selection.

Then a friend suggested I check it out blue background, a network of furnished apartments in 25 cities. The monthly rate of around $1,300 was much less than a comparable vacation rental. My unit had new furniture and appliances and was in a safe neighborhood.

According to American Hotel and Lodging Association. And holiday demand has jumped 27% from a year ago, according to a forecast by AirDNA. This has left many travelers scrambling to find alternative accommodations.

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