It’s either the best or worst time for Netflix to release The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals, but either way if you’re in the market for a trip to the States then you might get a few ideas.
The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals debuted on Netflix on June 18, 2021.
Given current global goings-on, I’m not sure now is exactly the right time for Netflix to release yet another travel documentary. Although maybe now’s exactly the right time. With people having been stuck inside for ages, and travel finally starting to open back up despite still being restricted in many places, the number of people in desperate need of a holiday is probably unfathomable. If Netflix knows how to do anything, it’s turning those numbers into profits.
The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals, then, is going to scratch a particular itch for sun, sea, and sand, even if it’s not exactly the most geographically wide-ranging of such things. It even has the decency to consider people who aren’t necessarily rich and beautiful, so it isn’t quite another Selling Sunset. There’s even an entire budget category!
That category is one of three. The other two are “unique” and “luxury”, both self-explanatory, but there are nonetheless three hosts – Luis, Megan, and Jo – to explain things anyway. “Unique” turns out to be a relative term – this is no Dark Tourist – but at least it lends some variety to a well-worn premise, which is probably more than you can ask for really.
The grandiose globe-trotting title creates the wrong impression. The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals seems geared very specifically towards people who’re looking to visit the United States, but other than that it’s what it says on the tin. After the year-and-a-bit we’ve had, maybe just looking at these places will be enough for many. Those who’re after a broader range of options will be better served by a different, similar show, but if these trying times have taught us anything it’s probably that we sometimes have to settle for whatever we can get.