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T+L's Top Travel Websites of 2009

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Vacation Rentals

Locate Your Dream Villa

homeaway.com

Click Factor: HomeAway is the one-stop shop for rentals, with the largest selection of rent-by-owner properties—more than 185,000 apartments, houses, and villas around the world. The site makes searching easy: You can look for special features, such as pet friendliness, proximity to the beach, and Internet access. Plus, HomeAway now offers up to $10,000 protection against fraud and deposit loss.

Drawback: Some properties are lacking user feedback since the site is still amassing reviews.

Runner-up: vrbo.com.

Get the Skinny on a Rental

flipkey.com

Click Factor: Majority owned by TripAdvisor, this new vacation-property site is gaining a reputation for its user reviews. Though it’s still growing, the site already has more than 90,000 listings, most reviewed by former renters.

Drawback: Although the site’s North American and Caribbean coverage is extensive, its international listings are more limited.

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