As people venture back out on the road again, they’re doing it on their own terms, and that often means avoiding hotels and major cities. Instead, they’re renting houses and apartments in places such as Sandwich, Mass.; Asheville, N.C.; York, Maine; and Aspen, Colo. Vacation rentals, it seems, are having a moment.

In July, Airbnb announced that for the first time in a single day since March, guests booked more than 1 million nights of stays. Of those, 50 percent were within 300 miles of home, and more than two-thirds were within 500 miles. Families are booking accommodations later in August, September and October than in the past because flexible schooling and remote work allow for flexible travel, Vrbo reports. Anecdotally, travelers say they are drawn to the privacy and solitude of a vacation rental, at a time when social distancing is paramount and anxieties about coronavirus exposure run high.

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