Stay22: New Family-Friendly Search Engine Combines Traditional Hotels with VRBO

We recently discovered Stay22, an interactive map-based booking engine used to find travel accomodations based on a specific location, event, or point of interest. Merging traditional hotel/motel search results with VRBO, Stay22 is a perfect solution for families road-tripping across the country or simply looking for a staycation as we all hunker down during COVID-19.

Even before the pandemic, I found myself booking stays with VRBO and specifically looking for a larger kitchen, laundry facilities, and privacy (room for the kids to run and play). Many extended stay facilities offer these ammenities and other perks like swimming pools, on-site laundry facilities, and often times a weekday family-style meal/happy hour buffet, but it’s a lot of work searching many different sites for the perfect “family friendly” destination.

In a nutshell, Stay22 saves you the effort of switching and searching between different apps or search engines by putting everyting together as pins on a map. If you know you want to stay by a certain attraction or be within walking distance of a concert or theater performance, simply add the address and see all of the options available within a specific date range.

Click on this interactive map and enter a destination and your travel dates to see how the site might help you find the best and most affordable lodging options for your next road trip:

About the Author

Julie Henning
Julie Henning is a freelance writer and journalist based out of Eugene, Oregon. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and owner of the family-travel website She is a recent past member of the Midwest Travel Writers Association and the Association for Great Lakes Outdoor Writers. Julie is the Oregon Coast destination specialist for Bindu Media, an itinerary-focused website launching in Spring 2016 and featuring the work of 200+ professional, indie travel writers. Julie has been published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin State Journal, The Daily Journal (Kankakee, Illinois), the Rochester Post Bulletin, Wisconsin Natural Resources (DNR) Magazine, Sustainable Chicago Magazine, Group Tour Magazine, Student Group Tour Magazine, Silent Sports Magazine, Intercom Magazine,, and FTF Geocacher Magazine. Julie has appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio, Ohio Public Radio, and KCBX FM Central Coast Radio and is an affiliate producer with the Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, a National Public Radio travel podcast. She has blogged for, Travel Oregon, and VISIT Milwaukee. Julie travels with her three kids and black lab as much as possible and lives by the motto, "Not all who wander are lost." Check out some of her best work at