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At FlipKey, when we hit a dry spell for travel inspiration, we look to the stars to guide us. Celebrities pick some of the best vacation destinations on the planet – out of the way spots where you can relax in an A-List vacation home – and we set out to find them. While the prices on these out-of-this-world homes may seem stratospheric, the locations are down-to-earth. Check out our celebrity vacation home review and get the skinny on the destinations and amenities that earn the attention of well-known icons from Angelina Jolie to Richard Branson. Maybe your next vacation will have you seeing stars!
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Planning the perfect multi-generational vacation can be stressful, and yet the holidays are incomplete without gathering the tribe to celebrate with loved ones, food, and warmth. In our experience, once you get the family together in one place – be it Grandma’s house or a far-flung destination – all the stress of travel planning magically disappears, only to be replaced by the ultimate question: “Where should we go next time?” Thanksgiving is here now, but Christmas vacation is right around the corner, and Spring Break is just a few months away.
If The Shoe Fits…
Every family is different, so we started with something all travelers have in common: the shoes on our feet. Pick the essential footwear for your family trip and let us guide you to a great destination.
OK, let’s be real – you’re going to change your shoes a few times in the course of a day. Your sophisticated, hip family might start the day on the tennis court or in the gym, but by the time you hit the café for breakfast, you’ve packed the running shoes away because you’ve got to look good to go out. You’d feel at home just about anywhere with Internet access, but for this family trip you want a real experience. For those families who feel the “old world” still has some new tricks up its sleeve, we recommend checking out Paris or Rome. These perennial favorites provide a great mix of cultural and historical activities. Take the kids to the museums by day, and at night change into those dress shoes for a Michelin-star dinner and dancing. Expert traveler Paige, of All Over the Map, learned that small children prefer small museums:
We realized that the smaller museums of Paris were better suited to kids, and we decided to save the Louvre for a trip when they’re older.
Families looking for a stylish place to relax and take advantage of culture and beaches should check out Cartagena, Colombia, a resort destination for all generations.
Why vacation with the family if you’re going to be running around all the time sightseeing and coordinating transportation for the whole gang? If you’re asking this question, then a laid back beach vacation may be in the cards. In the winter months, you can’t beat a family trip to the Caribbean – Just ask America’s favorite TV family, the Kardashians. The camera-loving clan has recently spent time in the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica, and this is a situation where we totally understand what they’re thinking. Amazing beaches and a leisurely island vibe make these islands the perfect destinations to bring family together. For those who want to kick it old school like the Kennedys, wait for warmer weather, then bring the extended family to Cape Cod, where New England charm meets the beach. The water may be colder than in Central America, but the kids will love playing “who can stay in the longest.”
The flip-flop family may be your crew’s polar opposite. To you, vacation doesn’t mean you have to sleep in. After all, with whole days away from work and school there’s so much more time for fun activities. For families looking to enjoy the sun and indulge active imaginations, nothing beats a trip to Disney World in Orlando. Just remember where you left the car! Michael, from Explore the Magic recommends snapping a photo to keep track of your vehicle:
When you get to the end of the row, snap a picture of the row that includes the character name which tells you if you are in the hero lot or villain lot, what section you are in and the exact row number.
More adventurous travelers may choose to roam off the beaten path in the Swiss Alps or Australia – it all depends on whether you prefer the heat of the sun in Sydney’s summer, or the warmth of a fondue pot in an alpine winter wonderland. Kaamna Bhojwani-Dhawan, founder of Momaboard.com, recommends spending an afternoon at Circular Quay and enjoying the live music at Opera Bar in Sydney. Remember, the days are longer in the southern hemisphere when it’s winter up north.
When all is said and done, there are few things more satisfying than getting good and dirty on vacation, right? Vacation time is adventure time, so you want to take your family to explore the great outdoors. Whether your boots are plastic ski boots or leather cowboy boots, the American West can’t be beat. Let your herd’s inner “dudes” out in Flagstaff, Aspen or Jackson Hole. The best part of these destinations is that you can put your kids in ski school or riding classes and get in some quality adult time. For those who want to head East, Stowe, Vermont offers winter activities for the whole family, from skiing and skating to sleigh rides and shopping. The Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory is just down the road in Waterbury in case your family has a sweet tooth!
Spending time with family means spending time just being yourself. When you vacation with your relatives, you can let your hair down and kick your shoes off. There’s plenty of time to explore your surroundings, but you can also just relax with the ones you love. Anything goes. For a no-pressure vacation where you can log some quality time connecting with your family, you can’t beat the Pacific coast. Want dramatic views and flowers in your hair? Big Sur is a sure bet: Get your feet wet playing in the waves, or get back to nature in the woods. Or, head north to Vancouver Island, where you can kayak with killer whales and find a new perspective while your family communes with nature. You’re ready to let your freedom flag fly.
Where will your family wander this year? Try a few of these vacation ideas on for size. If the shoe fits… run with it!
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For many of us, Thanksgiving is the best holiday of the season, if not the year. After months of working hard and adapting to the bitter cold, Thanksgiving is a welcome and much-needed break from our day-to-day. When it comes to the food, football, and subsequent naps, those few days off leave no room for regret. So, why not go all out and bring the family to one of our most peaceful, quaint, and cozy rentals? Get away from the noise and the crowded grocery stores. Buy your turkey early and enjoy true relaxation in the country, mountains, or even by the beach…
1. Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire
This beautiful lake cottage sleeps 7 (enough room for the kids and then some) and is close enough to town for those last minute grocery stops while remaining in quiet country.
2. Shaver Lake, California
This New England style home is beautifully maintained by its owners. With an open floor plan, the cooks aren’t stuck in just one room. The property sleeps 8 comfortably and has a perfect dining room table for Thanksgiving dinner.
3. Charlemont, Massachusetts
For families with pets, this country cottage is a perfect choice. The property even includes access to Netflix and DirectTV. Football anyone?
4. Rockport, Massachusetts
This stylish home by the sea comes with a fully-equipped gourmet kitchen as well as satellite TV.
5. Chester, Connecticut
Situated on 10 wooded acres and surrounded by 1000 acres of forest. Chester is A perfect location for absolute serenity and privacy.
6. Trenton, Maine
If you want to walk off the food, just take a 15 minute drive and Acadia National Park awaits.
7. Dolores, Colorado
A perfect retreat for outdoor enthusiasts – this property is close to several hiking trails and archaeological sites. Or, you could always sit and soak in the hot tub…
8. Ashburnham, Massachusetts
Located on 100 acres of rolling farm, a vacation here would be a true country getaway. Filled with orchards, blueberries, and plenty of wildlife, this rental is match made in heaven for that Thanksgiving dinner.
9. Ivanhoe, California
Nestled among orange and mandarin groves, all guests are provided with a well-stocked kitchen. The cottage even includes a continental breakfast made from scratch.
10. Santa Barbara, California
Centrally located, this rental is perfect for a Thanksgiving by the beach. Amenities included? Try a 42″ flat-screen TV, a private 2-car driveway, and even a Nintendo Wii console.
11. Indian Rocks Beach, Florida
A charming property between the beach and Disney World. Why not knock down two vacations in one?
12. Alden, Michigan
A romantic lakefront cabin perfect for couples or families. During the fall season the area is filled with activities like skiing and snowmobiling in case you decide to venture outside.
We are excited to be attending the inaugural Holiday Rental Professionals Seminar hosted by the Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA) on 4-5 December 2012, in Barcelona, Spain.
The event promises to offer unmatched business and educational tools to help vacation rental managers deliver superior guest and homeowner experiences and features sessions by Javier Delgado Muerza of Google Travel on “Internet & the Digital Era” and by Jordi Schoenenberger of Deloitte on the outlook of the European travel industry. Concurrent session speakers from a half-dozen countries will cover:
- Additional Revenue Sources
- Dealing with Complaints in the Age of Internet Reviews
- Converting Leads to Optimize Your Marketing Dollars
- International Visitors: Assess, Attract and Serve Them Effectively
- Online Payments in a Global Holiday Industry
- Anatomy of an Online Booking
- Impact of Cloud Computing on Vacation Rentals
- Vacation Rental Industry: Present & Future
- How Guest Reviews Can Double Your Business
- Worldwide Distribution for Vacation Rentals
FlipKey’s own Jeremy Gall, COO and Co-Founder, will present on Converting Leads to Optimize Your Marketing Dollars Tuesday afternoon. Additionally, FlipKey’s Koryn Okey will be presenting on How Guest Reviews Can Double Your Business Wednesday morning. More information on these and all sessions is available here.
Just one tip, one new resource, or a single connection during this event can make or save your company money. For more details click on the links that follow:
- About the Event
- Registration Information
- Conference Schedule
- Educational Sessions and Speakers
- Hotel & Travel Information
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Don’t delay! Register NOW for the Holiday Rental Professionals Seminar. Your industry peers will be in Barcelona this December. We encourage you to be there, too!
Today we are featuring a guest post from Sarah Brubaker of WebChalet, a site dedicated to helping vacation rental owners and managers create high-impact, easy-to-maintain websites to promote their vacation rentals.
As you may have noticed, competition for renting out vacation homes is heating up. More people are listing their houses, which is a good thing for travelers looking to have choices when they plan the perfect vacation. Yet if you are a vacation rental owner, then you need to find ways to make your vacation rental stand out from the crowd.
A no-brainer is to launch a personal website for you vacation rental. These days, a website is essential for your vacation rental marketing, yet many owners still don’t have one. And if they do, many owners haven’t touched it since 2003 because they have to ask their second cousin’s cousin to update it. Believe it or not, there’s no need to ask relatives for help: it’s now easier than ever to launch an affordable website that looks professional and allows you to edit and manage content with no technical knowledge.
A personal vacation rental website with your own domain name can become the hub of your marketing efforts. You can link your website to your directory listings, on sites like FlipKey, as well as any of your social media campaigns to increase your chances of booking more guests. A personal website also helps you seal the deal with potential renters by giving them all of the info they need and emphasizes that your place is the best option for their vacation rental needs.
Here are five ways that a personal website will help you boost your vacation rental marketing: