A vacation rental can be a great option for your next trip. But where should you start if you're thinking about it? There are many websites that list vacation properties, so make use of them and compare rates, location and amenities at each property you're considering. Instead of using a big website, you could also secure a vacation rental by going through a local real estate agency. In order to get the best deal, it's good to start looking early. On the other hand, if you wait until the last minute, you may also get a bargain. If you have pets or small kids, make sure the rental accommodates them.