By Spencer Spellman, Blog Contributor
Sharing is caring, right? Having always been told this, it’s something of a golden rule. Share your toys, share your food, and share the love are just a few of the “sharing” phrases we’ve probably heard (and even said) for as long as we can remember. But now we’ll share just about anything. But when is it too far? Is it too far when we start sharing our personal details, our personal space, or as Seinfeld taught us, sharing our toothbrush? But what about sharing our vacation?
Merriam-Webster Dictionary tells us that the term vacation is defined as“A period of time that a person spends away from home, school, or business usually in order to relax or travel.” Or more simply put, a “time of respite from something.” So if vacation is meant for respite and relaxation for ourselves, why is it that we’re so willing to share it?
It’s these very questions that we’ve sought to address by redefining the sharing economy. After all, it’s your vacation, and not your vacation with everyone else. So why share it?
But listen, we get it. Who doesn’t want to save money? So what often seems most cost- and time-effective is booking a hotel room or shared room. However, not only is it often not cost-effective, but it comes at the price of giving up the very things that we’re vacationing for, such as personal space and independence.
Take San Francisco on Valentine’s Day weekend for example. A hotel in San Francisco is going to cost several hundred dollars, since average hotel rates are now around $400 (according to Bloomberg).
Now let’s take a look at HomeAway vacation rentals in San Francisco for Valentine’s Day weekend. You can get twice the space of a hotel room for half the cost, such as these San Francisco vacation rentals that are less than $200 per night.
Traveling with family or perhaps another couple? Even better. All of a sudden that two-bedroom house is $100 per night per person. And, you get your own personal space, and not only that, but space to spread out. No sharing soap, breakfast, or sofas (or beds) with strangers. And no additional fees for Wi-Fi, parking, and incidentals. It’s your own home away from home. We’re not called HomeAway for nothing.
As much as this is about redefining the sharing economy, it’s about redefining the way that people vacation. As HomeAway’s Chief Marketing Officer Mariano Dima put it, “Holidays are precious, so every moment should be about sharing the right things with the right people to ensure a more holistic, private and memorable vacation.” You didn’t take time off work to vacation just to spend time with strangers. But don’t just take it from us. Let Nick Offerman tell you.