Take advantage of vacation home vacancies by suggesting a fee lower than the owner’s asking price. “After all, the owner would rather his home be rented than sit empty,” says Williams. Search for a condominium or rental home on homeaway.com. The website―an index of 176,000 rental properties―has a “Travel Deals” area for special offers. Another tip: Consider renting a home in a town next to your destination―accommodations may be easier to secure and more affordable.