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The period between high and low travel seasons—also known as the “shoulder seasons” is a great time for travelers to save money and beat the crowds. What’s more, “the shoulder seasons also provide an opportunity for travelers to have access to high-end luxury accommodations they might not ever have been able to afford normally during peak season,” says FlipKey’s resident Travel Expert Jen Gold.

Here are FlipKey’s top shoulder-season destinations to visit this fall:

1. Outer Banks, North Carolina

You can save up to 50% here while enjoying the beach, fishing, and awesome water sports. During the busy season, rates average $390 per night, but the shoulder season average is just $195.

Duck, NC

Duck, NC











2. Delaware

Save up to 41% in the first state ever! (It was established in 1787.). The high season has rates of $402 per night and the shoulder season is just $236. Check out Rehobeth Beach, the “Nation’s Summer Capital,” where there will little crowds, beautiful weather, and endless fun.

Rehoboth Beach, DE

Rehoboth Beach, DE

3. Florida Panhandle

You can save up to 33% in the northwestern part of the Sunshine State. Rates average $286 during the tourist season and just $209 in the shoulder season. Looking to relax on the beach, shop ‘til you drop, or hit up the fantastic nightlife? Time to book a trip here.

Pensacola Beach, FL

Pensacola Beach, FL












4. North Carolina Coast

Enjoy hundreds of miles of beautiful beaches, local barbecue, and the freshest seafood around. With rates at $209 during the shoulder season compared to $286 during the busy season, travelers can save up to 27%!

North Topsail Beach, NC

North Topsail Beach, NC












5. Jersey Shore

Save up to 26% on a fall trip to the Garden State’s shore. During the busy season, rates average $327 per night, but the shoulder season has rates for only $241. Walk down the boardwalk for the best entertainment, shopping, and restaurants in the area.

Bay Head, NJ

Bay Head, NJ












Have you decided where you are going for Columbus Day Weekend yet? We’d like to point out that it falls right during the shoulder seasons for these locations. You can enjoy a weekend getaway at a fabulous discount!

Happy travels!

Learning How To Generate More Bookings, Though, Generally Does

Guest post written by: Matt Landau, founder of Vacation Rental Marketing Blog

Here is one of the great themes that I have concluded (and have had validated from many great rental marketers): just generating more bookings is not gratifying.

Signing up for a listing site or writing an ad on Craigslist takes minimal effort and is accessible to every vacation rental owner or manager around the world.

In the great proverb, “give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime,” just accruing bookings means you’re eating for the day.

But when you learn how to generate bookings for yourself – when you decide to take a journey on the education train and accept a challenge that’s probably slightly above your skill level – there is not only the sustainable nourishment that will fuel your rentals over the long haul. This includes (but is not limited to) building your own website, learning about online PR, establishing relationships with locals…etc.

Further, there is a great sense of pride, accomplishment, and gratification along the way of building your own vacation rental marketing portfolio.

Some of the best moments I’ve experienced with my rentals is an intangible happiness I get from finding new ways to fill my rentals. For most owners, the fear of failure is strong enough to keep them away from learning new skills. So when you learn to compliment reliable channels like a FlipKey listing with more innovative techniques, you’ve already set yourself apart from the competition.

But if I could point at one philosophy that has not just made me more money but made the process itself a satisfying and enlightening one, it would be this one.

Matt Landau is the founder of the Vacation Rental Marketing Blog and this excerpt is taken from his newest eBook, The Eureka Effect: How Good Vacation Rentals Become Great available now.