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There are few things more nasty than the smell of stale cigarette smoke. If you want to get an additional fee or be “fined” go ahead and smoke. But remember: Smoking can be hazardous to your health and it can can be hazardous to your bank account if you smoke in a vacation rental.
I’ve been known to have a cigarette or two and a cigar now and again on vacation. However, when that happens I only do it if it’s okay with the vacation rental owner or agent and I never do it inside. That’s stupid.
Vacation rental owners don’t like it when someone smokes in their house; I don’t blame them at all. If you think about it, even if you are a smoker, take a moment to remember the last time you went into a room where a smoker was previous to you… IT STINKS!
Many owners are writing in “Smoking Fees” or “Smoking Fines” into their contracts. It only makes sense. As long as it is written in the contract that you can’t smoke and you do so anyway, you are doing so at
your own financial peril.
Some owners are even charging per butt they pick up on the property.
If you smoke you are probably not aware of the stench that comes with it. Kind of like pig farmer not knowing that his nickname around town is “B.O. Plenty.” You’re probably so accustomed to your own “odor” that you don’t notice it. Well… I’m sure you’re not stunned by hearing someone say that it is rather mal-odorous.
If you’re a smoker you have to be sensitive to things that you otherwise wouldn’t be at home. Stuff like the residual odor that is on your clothes. It’s there and it stays there for a long time. It will waft up into the nostrils of any non-smoker when they open a closet door. They’ll smell it quicker than a hound dog on a prison escapee.
If you are allowed to smoke on the property your clothes may indicate that you were smoking inside the property even if you hadn’t. I must tell you that you should probably keep the smoking jacket hanging somewhere other than inside the vacation rental.
But, with all that being said, I have to say there really are fewer joys in life than sitting on the lanai or balcony watching the sunset with a fine glass of wine, some great conversation, a little Gypsy Kings playing, and the smell of a hand rolled Arturo Fuente Hemingway Signature dancing upon the salt splashed air!
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HomeAway Super Bowl Ad Review

I just finished with the entire menu of videos HA posted on their site.  The ad that ran in the super bowl is just a taste of the smorgasbord of videos they now have.  I’m only going to speak to the Super Bowl ad.


First of all, I liked the ad.  I think it could have gone further but, it’s not my dime they are spending and I’m sure they spent a few.

Let me start with the end: “Rent a house for half the cost of a hotel.”  Well… maybe.

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HOLD UP! … ARE YOU SAYING A TV AD IS MIS-LEADING… THE INHUMANITY

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While explicitly saying “half the cost” is accurate in some instances, it’s not for everything offered.  I think this could create push-back from new potential renters.  But what I’m wondering is the pushback from the VR owners.  Especially those that are already discounting prices.

I’ve been watching this Super Bowl ad deal at HA evolve since October and don’t recall anyone from HA reaching out (I get their emails) to the VR Owner community  requesting feedback or suggestions.  If they did and I missed it, please let me know.  My suggestion would have been: “Rent a house for a fraction of the cost of a hotel.”  More accurate; more ability to manage expectations; less “hypie”; creates mental theatre where the viewer defines “fraction.”

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I love the idea of the Griswolds.  Frankly, it’s brilliant.  Where the idea loses water with me is that anyone who has watched any of the Vacation series knows they run into problem after problem.  It’s evident in the 30 second spot.  What is not evident, and maybe this is the gist of the ad I don’t know, is how HA can solve the problem.  But they appear to be solving a “financial” problem, and not an accomodation problem.

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I just looked at the 26 responses to the ad on HA.  One guy hates it as he has to wade through the flash video to get to checking, however, he took the time to write such.  One person said they clicked through to HA off of the add.  Many VR owners pimping their own properties.  Most everyone loves the ad.  So that’s 1 out of 26, just shy of a 4% response REMARKABLE!  From a pure mathematical stance that shows this ad is a 100% winner!

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Back to the critique: I would have liked to have them bash the hotel less and show the benefits of vacation rentals more.  Show them entering the Napolean Suite then cut to the grand kids in their spaceous rooms; show the valet kid then show the personal (and secure) garage; show the guy at the counter, then show the kids/grandkids excitedly coming out of the house to greet the grand parents.  AHHHH hell… this could go on and on.  I’m no Madison Ave. ad exec, I’m just postulating.

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Bottom line: I laughed at the ad; found it compelling and am glad that HA spent the cash to spread the word about vacation rentals.  Good job HA!

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Remember to download your free copy of chapter 4 of The Vacationers Guide to Vacation Rentals and then get the full edition to make your next vacation unbelievable.

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Make some trails!
Terry

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Vacation Rentals For Charities

Last week I came across VacationHomesForCharity.org and was really impressed with what they are doing to help charities using vacation rental homes.  It’s about a 12 minute interview and I hope we cover everything but I’m sure we left a few things out. If you have any comments post them here.
To learn more about how you can help a charity of your choice or to learn more about vacationhomesforcharity.org you can reach them at: http://www.vacationhomesforcharity.org

Michael McFadded of VacationHomesForCharity.org Interview
“Thank you” to Michael and all the best!
Make some trails!
Terry
p.s. remember to get a complimentary copy of chapter four The Vacationers Guide to Vacation Rentals.

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VRBO.com Improves Vacation Rental Search Functionality

Kudos to vrbo.com for finally improving their search functionality.  Now, we as rental guests can now search by date.

But you wouldn’t know it as they decided it was more important to put a press release out telling the world how they (homeaway) is going to be advertising during the super bowl (how does that benefit ME?… THE GUEST) instead of telling their end users how their site is easier to use… go figure!  Man am I glad I’m not in the corporate world!  (If they did put a press release on this I will stand corrected, but I couldn’t find it anywhere.)

Instead of typing you through it, I’ve posted a video at www.vacation-rental-info.com which walks through the basic functionality.

Bottom line… THANK YOU VRBO!  You just saved your guests a ton of time and in the end, money.

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50 Days of 100 Wonders of the World Day 1 Amboseli National Park

Day 1, Post 2 of 2 for the day.

If you have been here please add your experience.

Recently my wife bought the book: 100 Wonders of the World by Michael Hoffmann & Alexander Krings. I decided to take the next 50 days and go through it. I don’t know how many of these places will have vacation rentals, if they do, I’ll mention some resources; if they don’t, then I won’t.

100 Wonders of the World

Day 1:      Amboseli National Park – Kenya

Amboseli is a one-of-a-kind game reservation in southern Kenya.  One of the oldest national parks in Africa.  It is famous around the world fo its unique elephant population*

Resource:     Bootsnall.com

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*=From 100 Wonders of The World, Michael Hoffmann & Alexander Krings

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