The holidays are a time for giving so today I am sharing all of my trusted vacation rental community resources. I am constantly sending my list to others so I decided it was about time to just share it once and for all! I am involved with these resources in one way or another and have direct personal experience and relationships with each, which I have shared below:
1 Chic Retreat
We love our friend Mercedes over at 1 Chic Retreat. Mercedes Brennan is the founder of 1 Chic Retreat, a design blog that shows vacation rental owners and managers how to increase their bookings by creating chic home stays that stand out from the crowd. I highly recommend you sign up for her mailing list ASAP so you don't miss a single blog post.
Antonio is an experienced vacation rental owner, expert, speaker and coach. He is the Host of the Vacation Rental World Summit (VRWS) and the founder of the Fully Booked Formula Online Training Program. Antonio turned his passion for helping fellow property owners and manager to get more bookings into a highly successful and rewarding career. Get to know more of Antonio's work and benefit from his expertise: Vacation Rental Secrets, Vacation Rental World Summit, The Fully Booked Formula and Casa Teulada (Antonio's Award Winning Property)
Heather "Cottage Guru" Bayer, of Cottage Blogger has been on the vacation rental scene for longer than all of us combined. Heather is a great resource for pretty much everything! The Cottage Blogger website is an excellent resource for vacation rental owners when it comes to marketing, hosting and maximizing occupancy! Heather not only post amazing blogs regularly but she also the author of Hypnotic Language for Vacation Rental Emails and Listings plus various other Free Ebooks on Welcoming Pets, Vacation Rental for Profit Guide to Property Management, 25 Ways to 5 Star Reviews, Welcoming Pets and the list goes on. Heather also has just completed her 50th podcast where she interviews some of the most talented vacation rental industry insiders.
If you are looking to up your game then consider Guest Hook: They provide a unique service of well-written and effective travel marketing copy that compels their guests to act! Guest Hook provides services exclusively to the vacation rental industry servicing vacation rental owners, managers, and other industry professionals.
If you are looking to get a website set up for your property but you don't have a lot of time and dollars to invest then I highly recommend MyVR. I am working with them right now to set up a website for my property and the process has been easy and you can't beat the monthly cost and it really pays for itself anyway with the listing discounts rates you get from MyVR when you sign up with the big sites. Yeah, I will not own my own website but to be honest I don't plan on owning my property forever either so I would rather pay as I go because developing a website is no small inexpensive task. Been there done that! Don't forget to check out their blog for some great industry know how.
Tyann is a photographer, vacation rental owner, author, and artist in the St. Louis, Missouri area. She owns 2 vacation rentals homes in Branson, Missouri, and has hosted more than 4,000 guests since 2007! Her eBook Create Killer Vaation Rental Property Photos - a How-To for Owners with Key Step-by-Step Instructions takes the scariness out of photography and teaches owners how to do it themselves. Tyann also has a super cool newsletter that includes her escapades as she juggles a life with 3 boys, 3 businesses and a streak for adventure so sign up
We love following VRMIntel to get the latest news and information for vacation rental managers. Following VRMIntel is easy, I just sign up for their newsletter and get the latest info emailed directly which is great for staying on top of industry current events.
Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA)
I am a member of VRMA and really love the work that they are doing to educate managers on all things vacation rental. Owners that are not members of VRMA can follow their blog for the latest and greatest information on the industry. VRMA also has a great buyers guide for their managers so check it out!
Vacation Rental Marketing Blog
If you are new to this industry or even a seasoned vacation rental owner or manager you need to follow Matt Landau's Vacation Rental Marketing Blog! Its best to sign up for Matt's newsletter to stay up to date on all of his current teachings or join Matt's exclusive inner circler where you can take part in communicating with some of the most progressive and committed vacation rental owners in the industry.
Vacation Rental Travels Magazine
Beth Carson, editor at Vacation Rental Travels Magazine is a writer, vacation rental owner (Starfish Blue) and an avid traveler. A year ago Beth decided to take her experiences and create a magazine that showcases vacation rental travel around the globe. Sign up to get this awesome magazine delivered right to your in-box once a quarter! Vacation Rental Travels now has 15,000 subscribers so don't miss out! You can subscribe .
Veronica has been hosting guests on AirBnB since 2011 when she started renting out her extra room in San Francisco to visitors from all over the world. In 2013 Veronica made hospitality into a career by joining Urban Bellhop, a startup that assists Airbnb hosts in renting out their homes. Veronica recently started her own hospitality blog veronicatercan.com where she share tips with hosts who want to rent out their primary residence on Airbnb. Veronica is just starting out and is making her own name for herself.
So that should keep you busy for awhile! I will post updates when necessary and as the contact base expands! Oh, and don't forget you can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.