Biggi Weischedel works in Marketing … for Owner Direct Vacation Rentals, iTravex as well as teaching marketing and online marketing to university students. Never one to sit down for very long, she enjoys traveling the world, skiing, hiking, trail running, open water swimming, triathlon training and coffees. Her travel pictures can be found on

Well equipped



Three that make a difference

by Biggi / / Owners
As a frequent renter of vacation homes, due to my work in the industry, I have seen various levels of "fully equipped" homes. Don't get me wrong, I am perfectly fine with a clean, pleasant place that has what was advertised and shown in the pictures.... Read More
January 30, 2017Biggi


Best marketplaces to shop in the world Any travel itinerary includes visiting marketplaces not only for the sole purpose of visiting but for some more practical reasons: to try local foods and to shop for things we need during our vacation and some souvenirs to take home. A marketplace also reflects ... Read More
October 26, 2015Biggi
Creating the best experience possible


Maximizing your guests' experience In the competitive vacation rental market, small details can make a huge difference. For example, guests might choose one property over another just because of the suggestions for nearby activities provided, or the toys to keep the kids occupied. It is critical to do all you can to ... Read More
October 12, 2015Biggi



Phone and Internet service

by Biggi / / Owners
Providing phone and Internet services to your guests Phone services If you own a vacation home, you have probably discussed whether you want to or can provide phone service to your guests. While phone service arrangements vary greatly from country to country, in the US and Canada it is easy to custom-taylor ... Read More
September 21, 2015Biggi



Tips for grilling

by Biggi / / Travel
Grilling tips for our top 5 favorite BBQ meats Warmer weather is always a perfect time to start your outdoor cooking. Barbecuing means easy meals, casual entertaining and simple clean-up.With a barbecue you can free yourself from the kitchen and enjoy the great ... Read More
August 3, 2015Biggi
Nice decor!



Furniture and decorations

by Biggi / / Owners
Make your guests feel at home with your choice of furniture and decorations Have you noticed that many vacation rentals have big inviting couches, soothing art work and natural wall colours and accessories? Generally speaking, it helps people relax and feel at home. Sure, there is the occasional super-modern, black and ... Read More
July 27, 2015Biggi
Translation tools



Translation tools

by Biggi / / Owners, Travel
Options for translation tools Just in case you are dealing with hosts or guests that speak a different language, or you need to send documents that are written in a different language from the guest's or host's native language, or you need to be able understand a note or document sent ... Read More
June 29, 2015Biggi
To rent or not to rent?


You have purchased a vacation home. You enjoy spending time there. Should you rent it during the times you are not there? This is a big decision. Some people are not comfortable sharing their private homes. Others purchased the home mostly as an investment, hoping to recover any expenses (and more) ... Read More
June 15, 2015Biggi


Watch for these scams! Internet fraud The Internet continues to be the hottest medium for almost every scam. It provides opportunities for legitimate businesses and consumers, but it also hosts fraud artists running investment scams, fake business opportunities and fraudulent auctions, among others.The Internet has spawned online scams and jargon to describe ... Read More
June 8, 2015Biggi



Property Photos

by Biggi / / Owners
A picture = 1000 words! The visual impression your property gives to potential guests on a listing website is the most critical one when presenting your property. In the marketing of your unit, nothing is more important than your property photos! The higher the quality of photos, the more bookings. Consider the following: Use a good ... Read More
June 1, 2015Biggi
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