I can't impress enough how useful this Lonely Planet app is for traveling abroad get it! My BFF and I went on a two week trip to Italy last year. We used this app in every city we visited for recommendations on restaurants and attractions.
They have a map option that also gives you walking directions to each of the areas from your exact location. We downloaded the "city guides" and bought the Lonely Planet tour books before we left so we had a roadmap for our adventure. The books are written by a couple of fabulous ladies that have visited all of the places they recommend. They are beautifully illustrated and the tidbits are not found in other books.
We have used VRBO several times to book some awesome condos and cottages for all types of vacations. Last year we had a fabulous 50th birthday party Lady's Weekend in Vegas. I booked an MGM Signature hotel suite thru VRBO and we had so much fun and it accommodated all 7 of us Mid-Life Goddesses!
A few years ago my family had a rustic cabin in Michigan and we used VRBO to rent the cabin out during the summer. It is a super easy website to market your vacation rental and very reasonable. I highly recommend checking this site out any time you are off to a faraway adventure!