10 Amazing Vacation Rentals Around the World

Tired of the same old cabin in the woods every summer?

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Tired of the same old cabin in the woods every summer? Beach house not floating your boat anymore? Wait until you see these adventurous rentals from around the world.

You can book houseboats (with crew), castles, even private islands on a weekly or daily basis. Many of the properties on our list fit large groups comfortably and are quite affordable, especially if you split up the nightly rate among members of your group. Just don't forget to check the cancellation policies, and be mindful of taxes, cleaning and other fees, which can inflate your cost.

Take note of the website reviews, too, in making your choice, but remember that rental reviews, like restaurant reviews, often paint a widely divergent picture. Have a look.

Miriam Cross
Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Miriam lived in Toronto, Canada, before joining Kiplinger's Personal Finance in November 2012. Prior to that, she freelanced as a fact-checker for several Canadian publications, including Reader's Digest Canada, Style at Home and Air Canada's enRoute. She received a BA from the University of Toronto with a major in English literature and completed a certificate in Magazine and Web Publishing at Ryerson University.