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Rent Vacation Homes, Live Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

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I admit it, I’m an aspirational gypsetter.

Villa Solana on the island of Mykonos is one of the homes available for rent on PorticoClub.com. (Handout, PorticoClub.com)

Villa Solana on the island of Mykonos is one of the homes available for rent on PorticoClub.com. (Handout, PorticoClub.com)

(The term “gypsetter” is a mashup of “gypsy” and jetsetter” and refers to wealthy bohemians and bon vivants who travel the globe in search of the next trendy place to vacation.)

I lust after lifestyles of the rich and famous and yearn to relax in exotic luxury. And although my budget is more Motel 6 than mansion, I’ve found ways to indulge my expensive tastes without breaking the bank.

My favorite high-end, low-cost vacations are home rentals. Gather a group of compatible friends, find a fabulous property and split the cost. On average, the price per square foot for a U.S. hotel room is more than twice the price per square foot of a vacation rental, according to HomeAway, an online vacation rental company.

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