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http://www.airbnb.com – Seems like they are the biggest company in this market. Aug 15, 2011 – they added a $50k guarantee to cover loss or damage for anyone offering their place to guests. (this was after a poorly handled burglary in SF earlier in 2011) (also – absorbed Crashpadder – http://airbnb.crashpadder.com/)

http://Roomorama.com/ – founded in Jan of 2009 – seems like they specialize in short term apartment rentals

http://www.couchsurfing.org/ – the free version of airbnb – offer your couch or backyard to a traveler for free

http://www.homeaway.com/ – online classifieds where vacation rental owners pay to advertise their space, no option to stay in just a room or with a host

http://www.vrbo.com/ – online classifieds where vacation rental owners pay to advertise their space

http://www.istopover.com/

http://www.onefinestay.com/ – seems to be focused on London, full homes or apts

http://www.bedandfed.co.uk/ – UK and Ireland

http://Localo.com/

http://www.wimdu.com/ – clone competitor to airbnb – accused of aggressively trying to steal airbnb hosts – http://techcrunch.com/2011/06/09/airbnb

http://www.9flats.com/ – clone of airbnb

And also:

Google has launched a great new hotel finder tool: http://www.google.com/hotelfinder

5 Rules to Short Term Rentals

Rent or Borrow Stuff: http://snapgoods.com/

Rent out your car – http://www.getaround.com/tour

House / Apartment Swapping

Great article on swapping – http://www.dailyfinance.com/2011/04/15/home-exchange-vacations-why-pay-to-stay-when-you-can-swap-house/

http://www.camago.com/

http://www.knok.com

http://www.homebase-hols.com/

http://www.homelink.org/usa

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/going-on-holiday-finding-a-hom-86386