Sandra Ortiz We are fortunate in that our flat is in a popular and expensive travel destination. About half the people contacted us first. This is working for us. We enjoy the element of surprise it adds to our travel plans and experience and we love being able to live like the natives at our travel destinations. It's great to have a kitchen and not have to eat all our meals out. We have also made some new friends. How much do you think you saved? At least $4,000 in lodging and food for 2008 travel. Pictured: Sandra Ortiz's husband lounges inside their Nottingham vacation home.