Biggi Weischedel works in Marketing … for Owner Direct Vacation Rentals, iTravex as well as teaching marketing and online marketing to university students. Never one to sit down for very long, she enjoys traveling the world, skiing, hiking, trail running, open water swimming, triathlon training and coffees. Her travel pictures can be found on

Creating the best experience possible


Maximizing your guests' experience In the competitive vacation rental market, small details can make a huge difference. For example, guests might choose one property over another just because of the suggestions for nearby activities provided, or the toys to keep the kids occupied. It is critical to do all you can to ... Read More



Phone and Internet service

by Biggi / September 21, 2015 / Owners
Providing phone and Internet services to your guests Phone services If you own a vacation home, you have probably discussed whether you want to or can provide phone service to your guests. While phone service arrangements vary greatly from country to country, in the US and Canada it is easy to custom-taylor ... Read More



Tips for grilling

by Biggi / August 3, 2015 / Travel
Grilling tips for our top 5 favorite BBQ meats Warmer weather is always a perfect time to start your outdoor cooking. Barbecuing means easy meals, casual entertaining and simple clean-up.With a barbecue you can free yourself from the kitchen and enjoy the great ... Read More
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Furniture and decorations

by Biggi / July 27, 2015 / Owners
Make your guests feel at home with your choice of furniture and decorations Have you noticed that many vacation rentals have big inviting couches, soothing art work and natural wall colours and accessories? Generally speaking, it helps people relax and feel at home. Sure, there is the occasional super-modern, black and ... Read More
Translation tools



Translation tools

by Biggi / June 29, 2015 / Owners, Travel
Options for translation tools Just in case you are dealing with hosts or guests that speak a different language, or you need to send documents that are written in a different language from the guest's or host's native language, or you need to be able understand a note or document sent ... Read More
To rent or not to rent?


You have purchased a vacation home. You enjoy spending time there. Should you rent it during the times you are not there? This is a big decision. Some people are not comfortable sharing their private homes. Others purchased the home mostly as an investment, hoping to recover any expenses (and more) ... Read More


Watch for these scams! Internet fraud The Internet continues to be the hottest medium for almost every scam. It provides opportunities for legitimate businesses and consumers, but it also hosts fraud artists running investment scams, fake business opportunities and fraudulent auctions, among others.The Internet has spawned online scams and jargon to describe ... Read More



Property Photos

by Biggi / June 1, 2015 / Owners
A picture = 1000 words! The visual impression your property gives to potential guests on a listing website is the most critical one when presenting your property. In the marketing of your unit, nothing is more important than your property photos! The higher the quality of photos, the more bookings. Consider the following: Use a good ... Read More



Travel information sites

by Biggi / May 25, 2015 / Travel
Check these travel sites before you go ... You can never have too much information before you start travelling! After checking resources about driving conditions, be sure to have a browse around our collection of popular travel information sites. You might just find something useful and interesting!... Read More


Each owner decides what he/she wants to accept for payment, by displaying their payment policies and methods of receiving payment on their unit listing site. An easy way for a host to accept credit cards for rental payments is to sign up for PayPal. If you decide to use PayPal, the first ... Read More
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