April 17th, 2014

11 U.S. Soccer Players Who Went From Small Towns to Rio

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Before the World Cup begins in June, take some time to get to know the U.S. players that will be fighting for the trophy. Some of the team came from big cities like Providence, Seattle, and Dallas – but we wanted to tout 11 team members who made their way from the smallest of American towns to a spot on the squad in Rio. These small towns impress with their charm, quirks and services and you should make a point to visit them if you ever get the chance.

Kyle Beckerman (Crofton, Maryland)

Team: Real Salt Lake
Position: Midfield
Hometown History: Crofton is located 24 miles south of Baltimore and has a population of around 28,000. In July 2007 Crofton was named by Money magazine as one of “100 Best Places to Live” in the United States. Homes here cost significantly more than other areas in Baltimore, which keeps crime rates down. The city was planned around a popular 3.5 mile walking and biking route. One of the premiere American families, the Hopkins’, lived in the area for over 270 years and once owned over 1000 acres in Crofton. Other famous people from Crofton include Bill Belichick, Sprio Agnew, and Edward Snowden.

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April 16th, 2014

A Guide to the Top Travel Guide Contributors

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Carrying a travel guide in your pocket while exploring a new place can be critical to navigating the do’s and don’ts of the area. Flipping through the pages before your trip can also provide essential research before you take off. There are many famous contributors to these guides and some of the books themselves have become icon names synonymous with travel. In this space we hope to call out some of the best contributors to guide books and publications, where to find them, and what’s a piece of theirs you should read straight away. You won’t be disappointed by reading anyone from this group before your next getaway.

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April 15th, 2014

How to Improve Your Property Ranking on FlipKey

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Our goal is to connect travelers with our top owners in the most efficient way possible. That way, our travelers are guaranteed an amazing stay at one of our top properties, and they will be taken care of by one of our most accomplished owners. As with Google, the higher you are listed in our geographic rankings, the more clicks and bookings you will receive. We get a lot of questions from owners about specific things they can do to improve their search ranking and frequency of leads turning into conversions on FlipKey, so here are our top tips:

  • Responding to inquiries ASAP.
    • The quicker you respond to requests, the better your response time and, correspondingly, your response rate percentage, which helps boost your priority in the listing search. Plus, travelers see your response rate and time right on your listing; the higher your numbers, the more likely they are to send you a booking request!
    • If you don’t already, we highly suggest using our mobile application for iPhone and Android users, which allows you to respond to inquiries and monitor, accept, and decline booking requests from wherever you are the moment you get them! If you don’t have a smartphone, that’s okay! If your phone receives text messages, you can sign up for mobile alerts so that you know about traveler interest the moment it happens.
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April 09th, 2014

50 States Series: Top Marathons & Races Worth Traveling For

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Running is an activity unlike any other. It has many noted physical and psychological benefits. You can run indoors, outdoors, in fair weather, or even in extreme weather. There is no offseason. It makes no matter your tax bracket, your footwear, or your skill level – running is not discriminatory. Running can transform your life or it can become a part of your daily routine or even both. There is a camaraderie in running that is hard to duplicate, too.

Marathons and road races allow all runners to challenge themselves to run farther, faster, and longer than they ever have. Whether there is a trophy waiting for you at the end, or just an ice cold beer, running a race delivers a personal satisfaction that is hard to find anywhere else. We’ve searched through every state to find the 50 top races and marathons worth traveling for. Charity races, full marathons, half marathons, local road races and many more were considered. Some wowed us with their tireless devotion to charity, others with their gorgeous landscapes, and even more with their popularity and strong reviews from those who have participated. So check out our list, lace up your shoes, and start planning a trip to conquer these races:

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April 08th, 2014

Top U.S. Vacation Destinations for 2014

The top U.S. vacation destinations draw tourists from across the globe, eager to check out the famous Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone Park or the bright lights of Times Square in New York City. Though you’ll never go wrong with these world-renowned sights, sometimes the greatest adventures take place right in your own backyard. The best U.S. vacations might be as easy to plan as a road trip to the historic coastal city of Savannah, Georgia, or a weekend in the beautiful Pacific metropolis of Seattle, Washington.

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