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

Using PayPal as a Payment Method


Each owner decides how they would like to accept payment, by displaying their payment policies and methods of receiving payment on the property listing page. An easy way for a host to accept credit cards for rental payments is to sign up for PayPal. If ... Read More
January 19, 2022Biggi
Owner Direct compared to Property Managers


How is Owner Direct different? Owners sometimes ask us what the difference is between Owner Direct Vacation Rentals and a property manager (or central reservations or a resort association). OwnerDirect works with many property managers as well as individual owners to market their vacation homes directly to ... Read More
February 17, 2020Biggi


Love a sizzling BBQ on the patio? A soak in the sun in comfy lawn chairs in the backyard? So do your guests. Often overlooked, the outdoor area of your vacation rental is a big selling point and can be the deciding factor for a guest when choosing a ... Read More
July 17, 2017Biggi
Honour that view with clean windows


Whether your property looks over the snowcapped Rocky Mountains from Canmore, the skyline of New York City or the azure ocean in Mexico, you want to make sure that this view is framed by sparkling clean windows! As ... Read More
May 22, 2017Biggi
Thoughts on white sheets


If you are the owner of a vacation rental, or have been a guest in a vacation rental, you probably have an opinion on this. It seems trivial but when I read these articles, I realized I was nodding and exploring my own thoughts on this topic.... Read More
March 27, 2017Biggi
Three that make a difference


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


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
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