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FlipKey, a leading vacation rental website, has revealed the top 10 vacation rental destinations trending for 2015 based on FlipKey traveler demand to date. Florida dominates this year’s list winning the top three spots including Miami Beach, the Orlando/Kissimee area and Key West. Rio topped last year’s list as the host of 2014 World Cup and remained in the top at number seven for 2015, likely because of the attention from the World Cup as well as the anticipation of the 2016 summer games.

“We weren’t surprised to see that Florida took the top three spots as it’s historically been one of the most popular destinations for our travelers,” said Eric Horndahl, Vice President of Marketing at FlipKey. “It’s very likely that Scottsdale made the list due to the Super Bowl in February and Paris is not a surprise either. Our inventory continues to grow in popular European vacation destinations and Paris is one of those high-demand spots.”

Overall, this year’s list demonstrates that warm-weather beach destinations are where travelers are going for next year’s vacation with Florida, Mexico, California and Hawaii all winning spots on the list.

Below includes the full list of FlipKey’s leading destinations for vacation rentals in 2015*:

1.    Miami Beach, FL
2.    Orlando/Kissimee, FL
3.    Key West, FL
4.    Ocean City, MD
5.    Playa del Carmen, Mexico
6.    Palm Springs, CA
7.    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
8.    Honolulu, HI
9.    Paris, France
10.    Scottsdale, AZ

Last year’s 2014 leading destinations for vacation rentals included*:

1.     Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2.     Miami Beach, FL
3.     Orlando/Kissimmee, FL
4.     Naples, FL
5.     Key West, FL
6.     Kihei, HI
7.     Panama City Beach, FL
8.     Honolulu, HI
9.     Playa del Carmen, Mexico
10.     Seminyak, Bali

Whether travelers are looking to head half-way across the globe or stay nearby, vacation rentals can offer savings of up to 40% and provide space, privacy and amenities of a home.

For more information, please visit http://www.flipkey.com.

About FlipKey
FlipKey is a leading vacation rental marketplace that makes it easy, safe, and fun to find and book the perfect place to stay. Our verified guest reviews help you search more than 300,000 listings in 179 countries around the world. Get a great value and stay in a rental with the space, privacy, and all the amenities of a home.

With more than 5 million monthly unique visits, FlipKey is a TripAdvisor company and helps power the vacation rental experience on TripAdvisor.com—the world’s largest travel website.

*Based on 2015 booking requests to date on FlipKey.com.

*Based on 2014 booking requests to date on FlipKey.com.

Guest Author: Escape Hunter

The northern Portuguese city of Porto is an enthralling travel destination, which unfortunately is too often left out of travel guides and top lists of great European destinations. Porto is a city with a mercantile history, famous for its wines and vintage patina. Porto has a strong identity and it’s situated at a splendid location, near the mouth of the Douro Valley. The river with the same name flows south of the city, dividing Porto and the city of Vila Nova de Gaia. But what exactly can the traveler see and do in Porto? Based on the Escape Hunter detailed guide journal (an unbiased destination review with photos and plenty of facts), one can easily identify the key attractions and best activities, then simply put together an itinerary.

Here are some suggestions for attractions and activities:


  1. Take a river cruise on the Douro River and taste wine

The views are splendid and there are countless companies offering cruise packages – some include guided wine tasting tours (for which you’ll have to disembark, of course). Some of the ships are sophisticated modern river cruise ships even with helicopter landing pad and swimming pools on their top deck. Others are old-style replicas, resembling the old ships that once navigated on the Douro. The Douro Valley is world-renowned for its wine production. This is where the famous Port Wine is produced.


  1. See the beautiful churches, admire the azulejos

Among the primary targets of your visit should be Porto’s beautiful old churches, some of which are covered with delicately-painted blue azulejo ceramic tiles. In fact, the azulejo tiles are among Portugal’s iconic unique attractions. And Porto is a great place for checking them out.

View details about the churches to be able to put together an itinerary.


  1. Cross the Luís I. Bridge and catch a glimpse of Porto’s panorama!

Another strong asset of this city is its breathtaking panorama. Few cities in Europe can pride themselves with skylines that even come close to Porto’s. And there’s no better place to view it from than the old Luís I. Bridge, built in 1881-1886. Also known as the Dom Luís Bridge, it has two decks – the light metro runs on the top deck, while road vehicles on its lower deck. Pedestrians are allowed on both decks. If you walk across it, you will end up in another city – Vila Nova de Gaia or simply, “Gaia”.


  1. Ride an old tram

trip with the vintage tram will take you through Porto’s scenic old neighborhoods – in order to get the best out of the tram ride and see the city centre, you’ll have to take tram number 22.

Just like Lisbon, Porto too has an impressive number of vintage trams that are still circulating. Just like a century ago, they are part of the city’s vital transportation network. Although, they’re mainly used by visitors nowadays. A ride will take 2.5 EUR out of your pocket.


  1. Visit the Livraria Lello & Irmão

An old library, built in Art Nouveau style, established in 1919 is still in use today, can be visited, although photographing the interior is restricted to some intervals. The Livraria Lello & Irmão was voted the 3rd most beautiful book store in the World by Lonely Planet. The façade is beautiful, but especially the beautifully-decorated interior is what you should focus on.

  1. Delicacies of Porto

Among the most abundant foods locally-prepared are the grilled sardines (very popular), grilled peppers, codfish (bacalhau), tuna salads and the Francesinha (literally: “Frenchie”). In fact, the Francesinha originates from Porto and it’s based on a meat product like sausage, roast meat or a steak, layers of which are placed on or between layers of bread. Melted cheese is poured on top and then covered with hot tomato-beer sauce. Fried potatoes are added to the whole thing.

  1. Attend the São João do Porto Festival

One of the weirdest festivals in Europe: people head for the streets in the evening and night of June 23rd each year with soft toy hammers. During those late hours, everyone is allowed to hit anyone on the head with the soft hammer. Fireworks, concerts, flying lanterns and others spice up the atmosphere even more. The city gets jam-packed with people, you’ll find it hard to walk around. Porto really knows how to party. So, if you can – don’t miss out on the São João do Porto Festival!


A traveler shoots a video atop a mountain.

With so many forms of media available these days, it can be difficult to cut through the noise, especially in the crowded blogosphere where just about every amateur has a Tumblr page or Pinterest account. These 10 vloggers have gone above and beyond – creating a large following through sweat, tears, and a heck of a lot of talent. Their videos take you all over the world, on a  tour of many FlipKey vacation rentals, and right down to street level so you can experience the cultures, foods, and adventures right alongside them. So next year we highly recommend you follow this group on their blogs and YouTube pages for daily entertainment that really makes a lasting impression.

Booker Travels

Booker Travels is an original web video series about global travel through the eyes of a teenager. Through my interests in history, music, food, and sports—and my particular passions for surfing and skateboarding—I explore and interact with local cultures around the world. My work on the show led me to be named “Traveler of the Year” by National Geographic Traveler in 2012.  – Booker, Booker Travels, @bookertravels, YouTube

David’s Been Here

David’s Been Here is for the independent traveler looking for practical advice and inspiration. Our videos are fun and educational, just like travel should always be. – David, David’s Been Here, @davidsbeenhere, YouTube

Hey Nadine

If you are looking for fun, adventurous, and creative travel videos, PLUS tips and advice on EVERYTHING travel related, then subscribe to my channel Hey Nadine! Live.Laugh.Explore, that’s my motto! – Nadine, Hey Nadine @heynadine, YouTube

Kick the Grind

I’m a breakdancing Marine Biologist turned Wanderer, Travel Filmmaker, and Skype Travel Ambassador. The goal of my content is to surprise you. I love to capture things people didn’t know exist. Kick the Grind’s motto is experiences over possessions, and it’s the message I push to all my viewers. – Mike, Kick the Grind @kickthegrind, YouTube

Sonia Travels

There is simply no better way to understand a place than being able to see what it, that’s why I decided to focus on video content. We strive to not only show places and things to do, but rather the essence of where we are. What it feels like to be there. And we compliment our destination content with useful tangible tips that help you out when you are planning your trip: what to pack, which apps to download, how to score the best price. The smartest traveler is the most prepared one. – Sonia, Sonia Travels @sonia_gil, YouTube

Sunday Fundayz

Moving forward you can expect to see a lot more emphasis on our YouTube channel. Making videos is the heart of everything we do and it’s the most fun we have. We lost sight of that for a minute while working on all these other projects but our priorities are clear now and all things are in place for us to keep doing what we love. – Sunday Fundayz @sundayfundayz, YouTube

The Expert Vagabond

Addicted to adventure travel and photography, I’m on a mission to inspire your next journey with entertaining stories, beautiful images, and useful tips from around the world. From traditional tattoos in Thailand to living in Spanish gypsy caves, follow along to explore this incredible planet with me. – Matt, Expert Vagabond @expertvagabond, YouTube

Travel Yourself

This is a website/ Travel Blog for people who dream about travel, and people who are planning their next adventure, and enjoy stunning visuals and travel videos. I hope to let you see and hear everything I see when traveling. I want to share my experiences with you, and I want encourage you to try it all. – Travel Yourself @CailinONeill, YouTube


Vagabrothers is a weekly travel show that combines entertainment with information and inspiration. We explore the intersection of global and local culture by meeting with other young people – from chefs to bloggers and street artists – who are preserving traditions, setting trends, and shaping the shared future of our planet. – Alex and Marko, Vagabrothers @vagabrothers, YouTube

Wolter’s World

If You Are Tired of Hearing About “The Paris of the North” or “The New Prague” and Just Want Honest to Goodness Travel Advice from Someone Who Has Been There, Then Wolters World Is For You With Our “5 Things You Will Love & Hate about Traveling” Series. – Mark, Wolter’s World @woltersworld, YouTube

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***UPDATE: Thank you to all entrants! The winner of the contest has been chosen. Congratulations to The Girl and Globe! You can view the winning blog post here.

FlipKey “Take Me There” Contest

No purchase necessary. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning.

FlipKey, Inc. (“FlipKey”) is changing the game when it comes to pre-trip research. Instead of a bland description of an area or a few static pictures, we are taking destination testing to the next level with our virtual tours. We started in our hometown of Boston, and have expanded our series to include three all-star vacation destinations: Lake Tahoe, Miami Beach, and Phoenix. These virtual tours take you on the ground of a destination, and using parallax technology allow you to scroll through to each major attraction, and even allow you to see a 360 degree view at each stop!

One select blogger will win a $1000 VISA gift card by entering FlipKey’s “Take Me There” Contest (the “Contest”). To enter the Contest, participants (each, an “Entrant”) must write a post on their blog about one of our virtual tour locations (Lake Tahoe, Miami Beach, Phoenix) and what they would do during their time in that destination. Use our virtual tours for inspiration by telling us what you’d love to do, and feel free to take us off the beaten path.

Submit your blog post by tweeting @FlipKey with the link to your post and the hashtag #takemethereflipkey.

The Contest starts December 8, 2014 and the entry period will close on December 31, 2014 (the “Entry Period”).

After the Entry Period closes, a panel of judges from FlipKey will evaluate the entries based upon the following criteria before selecting and announcing the winner in December:

  • Originality
  • Description of top attractions at the destination
  • Well thought out itinerary

Good luck to all!

The Simple Version of the Rules:

  • No purchase necessary to win
  • Must be 18 or older to enter
  • Must write a blog post (no minimum or maximum length) and submit post via Twitter instructions above by December 31, 2014
  • Must state in your post which locale you want to visit
  • FlipKey team will judge entries and choose a winner based on criteria above
  • Winner will be announced in January and will receive a $1000 gift card
The Fine Print:
The following information relates to the Contest:
  1. This Contest will run from 9:00am ET December 8, 2014 to 11:59pm ET December 31, 2014. Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Contest.
  2. The Contest is open to US residents only aged 18 or over. The Contest is open to writers of travel content for a publicly available blog. By entering, the Entrant agrees to these Rules of the Contest and the decisions of FlipKey, which are final and binding in all respects.
  3. No purchase is necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not increase an Entrant’s change of winning.
  4. ‘Sponsor’: The Contest is sponsored by FlipKey, Inc., 226 Causeway St. Floor 2 Boston, MA 02114.
  5. Contest Overview: Entrants will write a blog on their site mentioning the Contest and specifying one of the three destinations, (Lake Tahoe, Miami Beach, Phoenix) that they would like to travel to. The content of their blog would focus on what they would do if they visited this particular destination. Submit your blog post by tweeting @FlipKey with the link to your post and the hashtag #takemethereflipkey by the end of the Entry Period to become eligible to win.
  6. Determining the Winner: After the Entry Period closes, a panel of judges at Sponsor will evaluate the entries on the following criteria: originality, description of top attractions at the destination, well though out itinerary. The decision of the FlipKey judges is final.
  7. Winner Notification and Requirements: The potential winner will be notified by Twitter or email (sent to the Twitter account or blog site provided by the Entrant when entering and/or telephone, in Sponsor’s discretion, on or about January 15, 2014. As a condition of being awarded the prize, the potential winner may (in FlipKey’s’s sole discretion) be required to execute and deliver to FlipKey a signed affidavit of eligibility, acceptance of these Official Rules, release of liability, and any other legal, regulatory, or tax-related documents required by FlipKey in its sole discretion. If the potential winner fails to return the signed documents in a timely manner (as determined by FlipKey in its sole discretion), he/she will forfeit the prize and Sponsor may select an alternate potential winner.
  8. Prize: FlipKey will send the winning blogger a $1000 VISA gift card.
  9. To enter the Contest, you must tweet the URL to your blog post on Twitter and mention @FlipKey in the tweet.
  10. Only one entry per Entrant will be accepted.  Any additoinal attempts at Internet or email entry is void.  Entries must be received and recorded by FlipKey by 11:59 p.m. December 31, 2014 (EST).
  11. Potential Winner is subject to verification, including verification of age. If potential Winner is found not to be eligible or not in compliance with these Official Rules, if prize notification or prize is unclaimed or returned as undeliverable, or if prize is rejected, the potential Winner will be disqualified and the prize will be forfeited and may be awarded to an alternate winner. Sponsor is not responsible for any change of email address, mailing address and/or telephone number of Entrants. Winners are solely responsible for any taxes on or other expenses related to the prize, regardless of whether the prize, in whole or in part, is used, and will be required to provide IRS Form W9 or equivalent and will be issued IRS Form 1099for the $1,000 value of the prize. No transfer of prize is offered, except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. No cash or other substitution of prize is permitted, except that if the prize, or any portion thereof, cannot be awarded for any reason, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prize with another prize of equal or greater value. No more than five (5) alternates will be contacted. Unclaimed prize will not be awarded.
  12. Employees of FlipKey and their families are excluded from winning the Contest.
  13. Copyrighted, obscene, provocative or otherwise questionable content will not be considered and will be deleted upon submission. FlipKey retains sole discretion as to what constitutes inappropriate content.
  14. FlipKey reserves the right to amend or withdraw the Contest in the event of any unforeseen circumstances outside their reasonable control.
  15. FlipKey accepts no responsibility for difficulties experienced in submitting an entry to this Contest.
  16. The winner’s name will be available after the winner is determined by writing to FlipKey Inc. 226 Causeway St. Floor 2 Boston, MA 02114 Attn: Take Me There Contest Winner
  17. FlipKey assumes no responsibility for lost, late, incomplete, stolen, misdirected, or illegible entries; or for any computer, telephone, cable, network, electronic or Internet hardware or software malfunctions, failures, connections, availability or garbled or jumbled transmissions, service provider/Internet/web site/use net accessibility or availability, traffic congestion, or technical failures, or unauthorized human intervention, or the incorrect or inaccurate capture of entry or other information, or the failure to capture any such information.
  18. FlipKey reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who (i) tampers with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or website; (ii) acts in violation of the Rules of the Contest; (iii) acts in violation of the terms of FlipKey’s website, or (iv) acts in any way that discredits or otherwise disrupts the Contest or FlipKey, including all of its participating entities.
  19. By entering the Contest, Entrant agrees to the following: a) blog entry was written by and is exclusively owned by the Entrant; and b) FlipKey shall have world-wide royalty-free publishing rights of blog entry at no cost and with no financial reimbursement whatsoever. By submitting and entry, each Entrant agrees to receive email communications from FlipKey. Entrant may opt-out of the receipt of promotional communications at any time by following the instructions indicated on the flipkey.com website.
  20. Use of Entrant’s Name, Likeness, etc.  Except where prohibited by law, entry into the Contest constitutes permission to use Entrant’s name, likeness, persona, hometown, and/or Prize information in all media now known or later devised throughout the universe in perpetuity for all purposes FlipKey deems appropriate – including, without limitation, for promotional and publicity purposes – without further permission or compensation.  As a condition of being awarded any Prize, except where prohibited by law, winner may (in FlipKey’s sole discretion) be required to execute a written consent, confirming FlipKey’s right to use such winner’s name, blog URL, likeness, persona, hometown, and/or Prize information without further permission or compensation.
  21. General Conditions: Winner’s name and entry may be posted on the www.FlipKey.com web site and shared on social media.  In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Contest is impaired in any way, including, but not limited to fraud, virus, or other technical problem, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Contest in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Rules; or (b) award the prizes according to the procedures set forth above. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers with the operation of the Contest, violates these Rules, or acts in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any person who seeks to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest. Failure by Sponsor to enforce any term of these Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Proof of sending any communication to Sponsor by mail shall not be deemed proof of receipt of that communication by Sponsor. In the event of a dispute as to the owner of an entry, the authorized account holder of the Twitter account used to enter will be deemed to be the Entrant. The Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.
  22. By participating each Entrant releases and agrees to hold harmless FlipKey, its parents, affiliates, subsidiary companies, advertising and promotion agencies and their respective directors, officers, employees, representatives and agents from any and all liability for any injury, loss or damage of any kind to person, including death, and property, arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the prize, or participation in any Contest related activity. Unclaimed prizes may not be awarded.
  24. Choice of Law: Except where prohibited, Entrants agree that any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest but in no event attorneys’ fees; and under no circumstances will Entrant be permitted to obtain awards for and Entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Rules of the Contest, or the rights and obligations of Entrant and FlipKey in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, without regard for conflicts of law doctrine, and all proceedings shall take place in Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
  25. Disputes: You agree that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, your rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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We’re starting to move owners and property managers on to the new dashboard, so the next time you sign in to manage your rental, you could see our new design. It might seem a bit different from what you’re used to, so we put together this guide to show you where to find some of your favorite features.

Your rental business at a glance

After you sign in, you’ll land on the homepage of your dashboard, which shows you at-a-glance information about your rental business. The central area shows your progress toward a complete listing, while the statistics near the bottom keep track of your revenue, listing visits, reviews, and more. Your response rate now appears along the top of the screen.

Overall view of new dashboard



Top navigation takes you where you need to go

You can get to every page of your account from the menu at the top of the screen. Properties has all of your listing-related items like description, location, and photos. Here, you can also find links to manage your reviews or add a new listing.Properties menu

Bookings is where you can track reservations and update your booking settings—including cancellation policy, extra fees, and your saved messages that you can send to guests during the payment process. Finally, all of your administrative items like your contact settings, profile information, and deposit method are in your Account menu.

Inbox: more reservation info at your fingertips

The envelope icon takes you to your inbox, where you can see the status of each inquiry and booking request. Use the Show filters button to refine the messages that you see. Just as before, you can click into a conversation to accept/decline booking requests, or to request payment in response to an inquiry.

Where to find helpHelp topics

Keep an eye out for the blue Help topics bar that appears in the upper right corner of your account pages.

Here you’ll find links to on-screen tutorials that will walk you through the steps of your most common account tasks. It’s like your own personal rental management assistant! Even if there aren’t tutorial links, you’ll see links to FAQs that are relevant to the task at hand.

If you still need help, watch our video tutorial, or check out our updated Help Center. Happy Bookings!

Spiral Rings of Notebook

One of the most useful items you can provide your guests is a basic guide, or welcome book, that gives a snapshot of your area. In this book, you can compile all important information into one place, helping to reduce questions from guests while reinforcing their impression of you as an organized owner. Leave your welcome book in a place where your guests are sure to find it when they arrive, like an entryway table or kitchen counter.

Make the information easy to find, by using a binder with tabs separating each section. Along with your tips, consider placing a welcome letter at the beginning of your book. This can be a short note of thanks that will help make your guests feel at home when they first arrive.

To get you started, here’s a list of items we recommend you include:

  • Essential Information
    • Emergency numbers/contact information
    • Area maps
    • Wi-Fi network and password
    • Beach/park passes
    • Garbage collection
    • Check out times and departure instructions
  • “How to use” guides
    • Appliances
    • Entertainment systems
    • Water and septic systems
  • Provided household supplies
    • Toilet paper, paper towels, linens, etc
    • Food items
  • Area amenities
    • Restaurants – include menus for takeout and delivery options
    • Grocery stores, farmer’s markets/stands
    • Local attractions – hiking trails, best beaches, amusement parks, etc
    • Local dog park or off-leash area
  • Transportation options
    • Bus routes
    • Taxi and shuttle services
    • Car and bike rentals
    • Airports, train stations, etc

Happy bookings!

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To help new home owners accurately market their rentals, here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your property listings:

Create a Catchy Headline

The title of your property is what initially draws vacationers to click on your property listing instead of the competitors. Steer away from generic titles such as “beautiful cabin” or “Resort unit C”. Try to focus on creating a title that focuses on a unique aspect of the property, like a newly renovated kitchen or the spectacular views from the balcony. Examples of eye catching titles are “watch the sunrise from the newly renovated balcony” or “walk your dog on the beach” which emphasize activities that are special to your property.

Showcase unique aspects of your home

Similar to your title, you want to focus on highlighting niche aspects of the listing. If the property specializes in pet friendly accommodation, or if you have a lake with kayaks, let the public know.

Select the Right Location for the Listing

If your property is a few miles away from a major city, you may want to place your listing in the larger area. These tourist heavy areas draw in significant traffic, and if your rental is close enough, you may want to consider changing it to gain visibility. However, if your property is not close to a major hub, it is best to not deceive travelers by misleading their location as this can cause reservation conflict. Make sure your travelers understand where your property is located.

Take Flattering photos

The better the quality of the photos that are displayed on the profile, the more appealing the property is to travelers. Make sure pictures of the property are clear, and have good lighting. Try to get a high resolution camera and take flattering pictures of the interior of your property, as well as the exterior. Emphasize bright colors and unique features of the property. These pictures are super important and will make or break traveler’s interest in the property, as they directly show the quality of the listing.

Take Pride in Your Listing

Make advertising your property a priority. Travelers can tell if an owner has not taken much time to create their listing which is a turn off, so make sure pricing is correct, the calendars are updated, and inquiries are responded to in a timely manner. You don’t lose out on bookings this way since it is easily preventable. The faster inquiries are responded to, the more likely a traveler will book your property.

Good Customer Relations

The way an owner or manager interacts with potential vacationers is huge. A traveler’s experience depends not just on the quality of the property, but on his or her experience with the home owner as well. Be professional and outgoing when communicating with the traveler. Make sure the traveler is accommodated for and feels welcomed when he or she arrives. Travelers will not want to stay at a property with an unprofessional owner, no matter how nice the actual property is. If you build a relationship with a traveler, they may want to book with you again, and get their friends to book with you as well!

List your property on multiple platforms

The internet has made spreading news about your newly acquired vacation home faster than ever. This being said, there are plenty of vacation rental advertising platforms out there that can advertise your property to the world. Having your property listed on not just one, but many, of these websites can improve the visibility of your listing. The TripAdvisor family alone consists of FlipKey, HolidayLettings, Niumba, and TripAdvisor itself.

Major Snowfalls In The Victorian Alps

Guest post by: Annabel Taylor

One of the best times during which one can take a vacation is during winter. Indeed, winter months present tourists with an amazing opportunity to explore the delights of their chosen destinations. When visiting Australia during such cold seasons, one of the most popular activities in which visitors can engage is skiing. In addition to the fact that this energy-filled activity requires little training, tourists of virtually all ages can take part in the same. Australia, a country that experiences winter from June to August, is one of the best destinations in which to go skiing. The country is home to some of the best ski resorts in the world.

Both new and seasoned skiers can take advantage of the slopes of Australia, ensuring that they get value for money whenever they participate in the sport. However, one has to identify the best ski resorts in the country.


This is arguably the best ski slope in Australia. In fact, one of the factors that has made it popular among both domestic and foreign tourists is the fact that it is located midway between Sydney and Melbourne. At the same time, the snowy haven is a vibrant winter hotspot. It has terrains on which beginners can enjoy themselves as well as advanced terrains that are bound to offer excitement to experienced skiers. More to this, getting into Kosciuszko National Park will not cost tourists a lot of money.

Mt Hotham

Mt Hotham has for some time been branded The Powder Capital of Australia. At the same time, this place has been said to have the highest level of natural snow in the whole of Victoria. For experienced skiers, they are bound to have fun as they go down the steep valleys in this location. On the other hand, first-timers can enjoy the easy runs as they seek to gather more experience in the sport. What cannot be denied is that this venue offers all visitors value for money.

Mt Buller

The fact that this location is three hours away from Melbourne by road makes it the most accessible ski resort in the country. As opposed to the other ski resorts, Mt Buller is known to be a place for adrenaline junkies and cross-country enthusiasts. In fact, it is important to point out that the trails stretch over a distance of nine kilometers. In an attempt to encourage the development of the sport, this resort offers attractive discounts to students.

Falls Creek

One does not need to say a lot after touching upon the fact that this resort is home to the National cross country ski team of Australia. Indeed, it goes without saying that the location is one of the best snowy slopes in the country. Besides, Falls Creek has been known for hosting both national and international competitions.

Mt Perisher

Mt Perisher, a resort located within Kosciuszko National park, can be accessed using helicopters, by road and through the shuttles in the region. With its peak at over 2000 metres above sea level, this is the largest mountain among the six that are located near it.

According to seasoned boarders, these are some of the best ski resorts in Australia. However, this is not to say that the locations are the only slopes on which visitors can go skiing. In order to explore other resorts, tourists should obtain an Australia visa that allows them to stay in the country for a reasonable period of time.

Anna is an avid reader and blogger. Since her early years she’s had a passion for writing.  Her areas of interest are food, reviews (Book/Movie), Travel, Fashion, Lifestyle and fitness. She works as a guest blogger on her chosen areas of interest. Her articles where published on different blogs namely golfgurls, pricestylist and many more. She is a permanent Guest Contributor at ArchitectWeekly.

A solo female traveler looks out on the landscape below.

Ladies – are you sick of hearing the phrase “It’s a man’s world”? Are you tired of people constantly warning you that it’s dangerous for you to travel on your own? Wouldn’t it be nice to explore the world on your own terms and end the reign of others taking you everywhere they’d like to go? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we’ve got some pristine written inspiration coming your way!

Our travel experts at FlipKey have taken it upon themselves to dig up the most exciting, most informative, and most liberating solo female travel blogs that the cyber-world has to offer. The authors of these travel blogs have discovered much about themselves and their dreams through travel and, luckily for us, they decided to pass their stories along. The narratives found in these blogs have much more to offer than mere storytelling and entertainment (while these components are not lacking); they also have the power to inspire women everywhere to live adventurously and intentionally without feeling sheltered by fear, loneliness, or the pressures of a patriarchal society.

With that said, ladies (and gentlemen alike), check out our list of the Top 25 Solo Female Travel Bloggers to Follow in 2015 and start exploring!

A Week at the Beach

I love inspiring busy Moms to travel more, including planning solo getaways.Solo travel doesn’t have to stop once you become a parent. In fact, it may become even more important. Getting away, even for a day or two, is an important way to maintain balance and mental clarity, as well as have some fun! – Sarah, A Week at the Beach @Aweekatthebeach

Alex in Wanderland

I’m a New York native who left my home to explore the world slowly and thoroughly. I’m just a little obsessed with photography, scuba diving, and reading guidebooks to countries I have no immediate plans to visit. – Alex, Alex in Wanderland @wanderlandalex

Anna Everywhere

Anna Everywhere is a blog run by an adventurous female traveling, studying, and living in different places around the world. It’s meant to inspire young women to give them the confidence to go on their own adventures instead of waiting around for someone to go with them. – Anna, Anna Everywhere @AnnaEverywhere_


Breathedreamgo is about travel, travel in India and something more. It’s about getting in touch with long-buried dreams and going after them. The name of the blog is a mantra: “breathe, dream and go.” It’s what I did, following a deep depression, when I was already in my 40s.
Breathedreamgo is largely about travel in India because I feel it is the world’s most transformative travel destination. Seekers have been coming to India since long before “Eat, Pray, Love,” since long before The Beatles. It is said, by some scholars, that Jesus went to India and studied to be a yogi. So if you really want to wake up, really want to change your life — travel in India alone. – Mariellen, BreatheDreamGo @breathedreamgo

Camels and Chocolate

I have worked in the media for more than a decade, both on the magazine and guidebook ends of the spectrum, and my travels–both for work and for leisure–run the gamut of Couchsurfing in Iceland and Airbnb vacations in Rome to cruising in the Arctic and luxury resort stays in Tasmania. I cover a little bit of everything on my site, domestic and international, and hope to show that travel is attainable for the masses. – Kristin, Camels and Chocolate @lunaticatlarge

Candice Does the World

I try to tell it like it is. I’m by no means an expert on anything; I fumble my way around the world, and I have a lot of fun doing it. Honesty in storytelling is the way to go. – Candice, Candice Does the World @candicewalsh

Dangerous Business

I’m just a small-town Ohio girl trying to balance a “normal” life with a desire to discover the world beyond my Midwest bubble. I’m here to prove to people that traveling (and especially traveling as a woman) doesn’t have to be scary, lonely, or out of anybody’s reach. – Amanda, Dangerous Business @dangerousbiz

Flora the Explorer

Flora the Explorer’ is a place for aspiring travellers, avid volunteers and those who want to explore the world through meaningful interaction with local people and their cultures. Through the site’s stories and photographs about long-term, slow travel experiences, I want to evoke the sense of adventure and curiosity we all have – both for the world itself, and our place within it. – Flora, Flora the Explorer @florabaker

Further Bound

I’m Hannah, a 33-year-old writer, designer and truth seeker originally from England. This blog was born of my dream to live a life less ordinary, one filled with honesty, freedom, creativity, adventure and excitement. – Hannah, Further Bound @furtherbound

Grrrl Traveler: The Imperfect Adventures of a Solo Traveler

GRRR Traveler is a travel survival and solo travel site inspiring others to find their GRRR for travel. – Christine, Grrrl Traveler @grrrltraveler

Heart of a Vagabond

Heart of a vagabond – Inspiring responsible & ecological global traveling while empowering solo female travelers. Leave your fears at home, the world is out there waiting to be explored. – Yara, Heart of a Vagabond @heartofvagabond

Hippie in Heels

Solo female travel is possible to do safely and stylishly even in my new home of India. My blog has all the tips to help you plan your trip and see all the most adventurous places. – Rachel, Hippie in Heels @hippie_inheels

Hopscotch The Globe

Whether your a seasoned traveller or have dreams of one day seeing the world, Hopscotch the Globe is your resource for everything internationally inspired. From travel tips and advice to destination guides to food adventures, Kristen and Siya won’t just teach you about the world, but will make you laugh along the way with their very likably en humorous personalities. – Kristen, Hopscotch the Globe @HTGlobe

My Travel Affairs

My Travel Affairs is a blog run by a Crazy Polish Girl Marysia, as well known as The Luckiest Girl in the World. Marysia’s site is a unique mix of jet-setting and off the beaten path affairs with travels. One day you follow her on crazy adventures while hitch-hiking in Iran and few months later she is sailing in Bonifacio. Read for inspiration and for a very original style of writing with a specific sense of humour. – Marysia, My Travel Affairs @mytravelaffairs

Runaway Juno

I named my blog “Runaway Juno” after my name, but I am not actually ‘runaway’ from anything. Since I took a first step into the world of ‘backpacking’, I knew this is going to be a big part of my life. And, I was right. If you are meant to be with something, there’s a sign you can’t describe it by words. That is travel to me. – Juno, Runaway Juno @runawayjuno

Solo Friendly

Gray Cargill of SoloFriendly.com has been happily traveling alone since 1998 and writing about it since 2008. A long-time advocate of solo travel, she hopes that reading about her experiences will encourage other women to stop waiting for a travel partner and pursue their own travel dreams now. – Gray, Solo Friendly @solofriendly

Solo Traveler Blog

A love of travel, personal loss and an empty nest all conspired for me to begin Solo Traveler in 2009. Resonating with thousands of readers, the blog quickly went from personal to public and the Solo Traveler Project began. – Janice, Solo Traveler Blog @solotraveler

The Blonde Abroad

The Blonde Abroad is an award-winning travel and lifestyle blog featuring female travel, fashion, food, festivals and photography from around the world. – Kiersten, The Blonde Abroad @theblondeabroad

The Fearful Adventurer

If your dreams don’t scare you, maybe they’re not big enough? Torre DeRoche from fearfuladventurer.com travels the world following her curiosities, while looking for ways to step outside of her comfort zone in order to see how they move and change her perceptions of the world, it’s people, and what it means to be alive. Bravery, she believes, is not the absence of fear but a willingness to confront it, and it’s this bravery that unlocks rich experiences. – Torre, Fearful Adventurer @fearfulgirl

The Travel Chica

The central themes of this site are:

– Independent Budget Travel

– Consuming Less

– Living Simply

– New Experiences and Challenges

I will post about how to do it, why to do it, my experiences doing it – the good and the bad.  And I hope you will share your thoughts on these topics as well.  I hope to introduce you to new places and experiences, inspire you to go out and explore the world, and perhaps provide a little entertainment. – Stephanie, The Travel Chica @thetravelchica

The Travel Hack

The Travel Hack is one of the UK’s top 10 travel blogs and focuses on stylish yet affordable travel. Monica seeks out unique and adventurous trips in the UK and around the world. She shares her top tips on how to travel safely, pack light, stick to your budget and make the most out of each trip you take. – Monica, The Travel Hack @thetravelhack

This Battered Suitcase

Brenna of This Battered Suitcase blogs mostly long-form narratives, weaving together stories and photography from her solo adventures around the world in order to inspire and inform. She tries to focus not only on the what and the how of travel, but the who and the why – Brenna, This Battered Suitcase @suitcasebrenna

Unbrave Girl

Sally doesn’t just talk about conquering fear. She talks about embracing your fears, and having adventures despite your insecurities and worries. And she also talks a lot about her cat and cookies. – Sally, Unbrave Girl @unbravegirl

Wanderlust and Lipstick

Wanderlust and Lipstick is an independent website by and for women travelers. It includes tips, information and 25 bloggers all specializing in their own niche area of travel. – Beth, Wanderlust and Lipstick @wanderluster

Where is Jenny

I’m a girl who loves adventure and craves adrenaline rushes. Since I’ve turned 21 and cut the umbilical cord I’ve traveled to over 11 countries and 30 US states. Now I’m in the process of selling everything I own to live out of a backpack as I travel the world indefinitely.  I’m able to do this with my Location Independent graphic design business that allows me to work anywhere in the world with an internet connection.This site is not only a journal of my thoughts and travels but a resource for location independent working, remarkable living, around the world travel, backpacking, and solo travel.  I hope that this site can assist and inspire others to lead a more fulfilling life. I only write from my own experiences and direct observations. – Jenny, Where is Jenny @whereisjenny


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In the vacation rental industry, repeat customers can be a strong proponent for your listing. Happy and repeat customers typically provide stellar reviews, book in advance, and can provide traveler insight and tips on how to improve your property that owners may not consider. So how can you attract repeat customers? We’ve compiled some tips to help keep your calendar booked.

Before the stay

Once a guest books, it’s important to follow up as soon as possible to address any questions they may have about the property location and surrounding area. Set their mind at ease by providing up to date contact information, should any issues or other questions arise prior to their stay. While your guest may already have planned activities for their vacation, providing insider tips
and suggestions of things to do shows your guests that you care about making their experience enjoyable and fun.

During the stay

Create a brochure for your house that includes FAQ’s, house rules, restaurant/activities suggestions, and your contact information. Guests will appreciate having this information at their disposal should they need any assistance.

After the stay

Upon check out, send a thank you note to your guests. Thank you’s add a personal touch that highlight your attention to detail. Remain accessible to answer any post-trip questions your guests may have. For example, if a refundable deposit was included in the reservation, let guests know the timeframe during which they can expect their deposit back. Follow up with guests a
few months later to remind them of their wonderful vacation. Providing a special discount for repeat customers gives guests an additional incentive to rebook.

Ultimately, remaining accessible, attentive, and personal helps attract quality and repeat customers. Happy bookings!