Do you prefer the comfort of a vacation rental over a hotel room? Is your schedule flexible, and are you curious about destinations? If you're nodding your head yes, bookmark


What's hot: shows vacation rentals that are available this week or next. That's great, because other vacation-rental sites make you dig into the property page and test dates for availability. You have a smaller pool to choose from with this simple, last-minute booking tool, but it feels more like an insider's short list than an empty database. Destinations include the United States (with the most listings), Europe, Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, Asia, and Africa.

What's not: Last-minute deals are promoted heavily, but it's hard to compare prices, let alone find out whether the rental you're interested in is on sale. The only way to find rates is to contact the owner using an online form. Sometimes a phone number is available, too.

- Jen Leo, Los Angeles Times