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

Nice decor!


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


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


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



Travel information sites

by Biggi / / Travel
Check these travel sites before you go ... You can never have too much information before you start travelling! After checking resources about driving conditions, be sure to have a browse around our collection of popular travel information sites. You might just find something useful and interesting!... Read More
May 25, 2015Biggi


Each owner decides what he/she wants to accept for payment, by displaying their payment policies and methods of receiving payment on their unit listing site. An easy way for a host to accept credit cards for rental payments is to sign up for PayPal. If you decide to use PayPal, the first ... Read More
May 4, 2015Biggi


Unfortunately, vacation rental fraud does happen. Be careful when it comes to checks and money orders and consider the following: It appears that various counterfeit cashiers check and money order scams are  finding their way to vacation rental websites. We feel that all vacation rental home owners should be aware of this scam ... Read More
April 20, 2015Biggi
OwnerDirect is different


The big difference: Owner Direct is not a web directory If you are interested in travelling and start researching vacation rentals (because you understand the advantages over hotels!), you may find many websites out there that are very ... Read More
April 13, 2015Biggi



Rental car insurance

by Biggi / / Travel Tips
Rental car insurance tips and considerations Before departing on your vacation, check with your car insurance company and confirm your coverage, or obtain quotes for rental car insurance. Purchasing insurance coverage through a car rental agency can be up to 3 times higher than a private company. When comparing quote, make sure ... Read More
March 30, 2015Biggi
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