When planning a vacation, one generally tends to follow the same steps: book flight, select hotel and book a room, research restaurants, etc. This is all well and good. Actually, it’s great. Who doesn’t love a comfortable flight, cushy hotel and fine dining experiences?

But there is another way. A few, in fact.

Instead of staying at a hotel, where turndown service is nice but not necessary, try looking around on Airbnb for a private home all your own. The per-night rate will likely be much more affordable, plus you’ll get all the benefits of an actual home: kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and a home’s worth of amenities. Possible even laundry. People all over the world use the service, so you’ll be able to find a cozy and cool home away from home, no matter where you roam. (Practically. Don’t hold me to that.) And staying in someone's home is a great way to get a more local-feeling experience, rather than in the cushy comfort of a curate hotel or resort. 

Or you could use Jetsetter.com to book a a luxury hotel room at a discount rate. The site’s offers change frequently, with new deals popping up at exciting locations all across the globe. Using Jetsetter to score hotel deals is a perfect excuse to book your next vacation.