Four Words to Steer Clear of on Vacation Rental Listings

If you're thinking about booking a vacation rental this summer, listen up. We've got four words you'll want to be on the lookout for in the listing, that COULD be a deal-breaker . . .


1. "Secluded." It probably means that the property is far enough away from other people that you can turn the volume up without disturbing anyone. But how far is that, exactly? It could mean the place is also far from grocery stores, a gas station, or a hospital.

2. "Secure." When hosts include the words "safe" and "secure" in the listing, it could be a clue that the home isn't in the best area.

3. "Rustic." It can mean different things to different people, so it's a good idea to go through the reviews and photos carefully to make sure the place at least meets your minimum standards.

4. "Eclectic." Like "rustic," "eclectic" exists on a spectrum and can mean different things to different people. So it's another one you'll want to take a close look at the pictures and reviews. And if you have any doubt, don't hesitate to reach out to the host directly to ask questions.



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