Short Term Rentals – Easy Vacation Accommodations

Short Term Rentals – Easy Vacation Accommodations

Accommodations are, short of transcontinental airfare, your biggest expense on any trip or vacation. Even with a depressed economy, hotels and inns are still what they’ve always been – expensive. Short term rentals are an easier option for accommodations, especially if you won’t be there more than a couple of weeks. Here’s a quick guide to pulling it off.

Have an Itinerary

First and foremost, you should have a defined itinerary, or at least a definite date when you’ll be in a particular city or area. Short term rentals are usually agreed upon for very specific periods and dates; some hosts will even require you to put in an expected time of arrival and departure. Very few will be willing to deal with a lodger without a schedule.

Seasoned travelers usually pad their schedule with one day before and after their planned itineraries, and it might be a good idea for you too. This gives you a little room in your schedule to relax after the flight, just lie around or maybe take an unscheduled walk around the area.

Make a Budget

Although they’re often defined as ‘affordable,’ the prices for short term rentals can vary as widely from $ 50 to several hundred dollars. Unless you have very deep pockets and are doing short term rentals only for kicks, setting a budget for your accommodation costs is a good idea, lest you run out of money mid-trip.

If you plan to live exclusively on short term rental places, a daily budget of about $ 150 to $ 200 should get you a pretty nice room. Keep in mind that this is still a game of real estate, and that a $ 150 room in a sleepy New Jersey suburb will look vastly different from a similarly priced room in the bustling heart of Manhattan.

Find a Spot

When you’re having a vacation or going on a tightly scheduled trip, the location of your digs and its proximity to other establishments is crucial. Look up the places you intend to visit and then plot them out on a map. Find an area in the city which would roughly be easily accessible to those places as well as things like major roads and train stations.

Look for Sites

Formal sites with administration and a feedback system are the best and safest places to look for short term rentals. Regular classified ads are okay too, except that you don’t get to see who else has rented with that particular host before. The advantage of going to a formal, members-only site is the feedback system and images that usually come with each posting. You’re not left in the dark about either your host or the place you’re renting.

As you can see, short term rentals involve a little more work and patience than the usual route of going to a hotel. In the process, however, you stand to save hundreds of dollars in accommodation costs, especially if you’re traveling alone or with just one other person. If it’s affordable digs you’re after, these short-term arrangements are the perfect answer.

Whether you’re going to Boston or San Francisco, Roomorama has a place for you. We give you member ads for short term rentals in major hubs all over North America, so you’re never left without a safe and affordable place to rest your head.

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Review of Key West Shrimp House – Madison, Indiana

Review of Key West Shrimp House – Madison, Indiana

I visited the Key West Shrimp House for dinner July 29, 2009. First impression: “Cozy, quaint and comfortable. The restaurant was very busy so I did not ask to take pictures of the inside. It looked and sounded like a lot of tourists and/or visitors from out-of-state, possibly residents of the Riverboat Inn that sits on the hill just above the Key West Shrimp House. I noticed license plates from Ohio, Kentucky and Idaho, and overheard a man from the table next to me saying: “She picked this place out off the internet.” Was I ease-dropping? No. He talked so loud I could hear every word. He also said: “The doctor tells me I need to drink at least eight glasses of water per day.” “I don’t know how I am going to manage that.”

I ordered Shrimp-In-A-Net for $ 12.99. The meal included one trip to the salad bar, French fries or rice (I chose French fries) and a bowl full of fat, juicy shrimp. The waitress brought shrimp wrapped up in a net and poured them out in the bowl she delivered to my table. I said: “they are alive.” I forgot to ask “why” on serving them this way. The sauce was a little on the hot side, but not too hot that I could not stand it, and the shrimp were very good size pieces of shrimp about ten pieces total I believe.

From the salad bar I chose bean salad, slaw, a corn salad and a potato salad. There were also fixings for regular salads of tomatoes, lettuce and the usual things at a salad bar.

I just sat like nobody’s business and as if a tourist from out-of-state as well. I enjoyed myself immensely and relaxed as I munched on the French fries and shrimp. I had to peel the outside off the shrimp. I never order anything deep fried. My drink was water with lemon (always saves a few bucks and makes a very good lemon drink with artificial sweetener added).

My impression of the food: Excellent. I will definitely eat there again, and especially when I crave good shrimp. I will try something different off the menu next time.

My impression of the service: Excellent. They required no reservation. The restaurant was busy, but fairly large so I did not have to wait for a table. Everyone was friendly and courteous.

There is a small entrance where you wait to be seated. While being seated, I passed through the main dining room, which was longer than wide (a lot like the shotgun style houses, but wider). In this dining room there were the restrooms and the salad bar. The next room had a bar with stools where I suppose you could sit and have a drink or drinks. There were several different size tables set up in this area. I sat by the window. A couple steps up lead to another dining room with windows all around.

The Key West Shrimp House is a family owned and family oriented business. It is located at 117 Ferry Street. The menu had a wide variety of seafood as well as steaks and chicken. Their specialty is shrimp. This restaurant has a nice view of the Ohio River from the very main back dining room where there are windows on three sides of the room.
The history of this building goes back to being built in the late 1800’s as are many of Madison’s old buildings. It was the button factory where mussel shells were brought from the river and mother of pearl buttons were punched out of the shells. The owners of Key West Shrimp House say no changes have been made in the basic original structure. The lower level looks very much like the construction of old Roman walls from pre-Christian days.

If you like camping out rather than staying in motels, hotels or a bed and breakfast suite, you can camp out just across the street from the Key West Shrimp House and on the banks of the Ohio River. After dinner, I took some pictures of the area surrounding the restaurant.

From the looks of their wine list, they serve wine from far and near. The list included (this is by far not a complete list):

• White Wine: Mystique, Madison Vineyards is a sweet white wine made from their estate grown grapes; Chardonnay, Chateau St. Jean (Sonoma Valley, California); Piesporter Goldtropfchen Spatlese, Leonard Kreusch, Germany is light and fruity with floral scents.

• Red Wine: Beaujolais-Villages, Louis Jadot (Beaune, Cote d’or, France) is light and fruity; Cabernet Sauvignon, Black Opal (Australia) is rich and soft with depth of fruit and oak with a soft tannish finish.

• Blush Wines

• Sparkling Wines

They had seven different brands of beer on the menu, as well as twenty-seven mixed drinks. As stated above, I drank water. I was driving and I do not drink and drive, not even one glass of wine.
Final impression: This is a great place to eat and especially if you like shrimp!

Written by: Connie S. Limon
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Bed And Breakfast Marketing – Vital Web Tips

Bed And Breakfast Marketing – Vital Web Tips

Bed and breakfast marketing is not something you can ignore. Whether you are running a traditional b & b, boutique-style accommodation, a guest house, country inn, gite or chambre d’hotes, it’s a competitive business. If you don’t stand out, you loose out. Sticking up a “rooms to let” sign just isn’t going to do it!

One of the most powerful tactics you can use to promote your accommodation is, of course, the internet. Like it or not the world wide web is having a massive impact on you and your customers. If you don’t have some kind of internet presence – either a website or a blog for your bed and breakfast – a massive slice of your potential income is going to someone else.

Sadly the internet is no longer the simple arena where, if you had virtually any kind of website, people would find you easily. Today the world wide web is maturing and growing at a phenomenal rate. It has become vastly more competitive and many bed and breakfast owners are finding that their websites aren’t bringing in the business they hoped. Just putting up a website and keeping your fingers crossed is no more effective than putting up a “rooms to let” sign but costs to advertise online are rising dramatically. Worse, a lot of that expensive online advertising is becoming less and less effective.

Is there a sensible, workable solution? Certainly the average accommodation owner can’t simply throw more and more money at their bed and breakfast marketing.

The answer to some extent is better management of your resources and better targeting. Don’t pay someone to submit your site to 400 search engines when submitting to Google, Bing and Yahoo will cover 99% of the market and you can do it yourself – for free. Before you spend a penny on registering with a bed and breakfast search engine (where thousands of your competitors are also listed) ask what you can do to make your own internet presence more effective.

As for targeting, it’s no good marketing a bed and breakfast at the whole US, or a gite at the whole of France. That’s an accidental mistake a lot of sites make. Instead, zero in on a smaller but more precise market. Who puts just “bed and breakfast” into a search engine? Nobody. They search for “Boise bed and breakfast”. They don’t search for “gite in France” they search for “gite in Valencay”. Try to think like your customer – then your bed and breakfast marketing becomes much easier because you simply provide what you know they are looking for!

Got a bed & breakfast, guest house, gite or country inn? Need more bookings? Of course! So pick up your free copy of “Sorry, No Vacancies” at Bed & Breakfast Marketing and start putting profitable ideas into action now!

How Late Availability Deals Let Us Explore the UK

How Late Availability Deals Let Us Explore the UK

This is an article about how myself and my wife have managed to travel the length and breadth of the United Kingdom simply by booking late availability country hotels and inns. It sometimes seems like it’s impossible to see a little bit of England without breaking the bank, but as I and my wife discovered, that isn’t necessarily true.

The first time we got a good deal was on a trip to York last spring. We managed to book a room in a really pretty little bed and breakfast on the outskirts of this Roman town, which was found on one of these late availability websites. We couldn’t believe we got it – a lovely double room, with a good view. And the fried breakfast was almost worth the price alone. From here we explored some of Yorkshire’s lovely countryside.

In the summer time we decided to try and get somewhere on Lake Windermere. This is obviously a really popular spot, surrounded by lots of stunning hills and mountains. To our surprise we managed to book a superb hotel room quite near the Lake. It wasn’t quite as cheap as the one in York, but was nevertheless a good deal because someone had cancelled very close to when they were about to go. So we managed to explore this lovely area – and even tried a bit of wind surfing, thanks to one of these late availability websites.

That Christmas we decided to try our luck once more – this time in Devon. Neither I nor my wife had ever been to Devon – but we had heard so many good things we thought we would try and get a late availability deal. In the event, we didn’t manage to get a cottage on Dartmoor, as they all seemed to be booked up.

Instead we found a nice little cottage near Croyde, on the North Devon coast. It was a little bit cold for me and my wife to try surfing (as this beach is famous for it) but we had a lovely time walking along the various beaches and hills nearby.

So last spring we decided to book somewhere closer to home. This time we found a bed and breakfast on the Norfolk Broads. Again, it was a nice little spot.

As long as you’re prepared to give a little when it comes to location, opting for late availability deals certainly can save you few pounds. And the random nature of these deals means there is a certain excitement when it comes to booking a hotel or bed and breakfast in this way.

Gino Hitshopi has travelled around the UK simply by taking advantage of late availability deals on cottages, inns and hotels.. For more information please visit:

Why install double glazing

Why install double glazing

As businesses in Colchester come under increasing pressure, people are working harder to make a company a success. All too often, it can be easier to build relationships with key contacts over the phone or via video conference rather than travel to meet them face to face, as this can be perceived by some to be a waste of time and resources. You may find that important discussions often take place over the telephone when better relationships in terms of trust, and quicker business solutions could be developed by arranging meetings in person. Arranging that first meeting with important business contacts in person should ideally be done on neutral ground, which is why meeting rooms in hotels should be considered. Meeting rooms located in hotels make a perfect place for that first contact with an important business associate, and here at Holiday Inn Colchester, our meeting rooms are designed to host a comfortable and professional business occasion, which makes for a great first impression.

For a company looking to get to know a number of business contacts and work together in business meetings over a number of days, hosting the event in the Holiday Inn Colchester makes perfect sense as relationships can become stronger due to delegates working hard and relaxing together. After a hard day talking through your business proposition, the hotel environment offers a relaxed venue to wind down at the end of the day and you can get to know your business associates on a personal level in a social environment. Rather than use their office board room to host meetings, companies can take themselves out of the confines of their office into a neutral space where they will not be distracted by their day to day work. Taking your staff out of the daily grind and into a different environment can bring about increased productivity, new ideas and an enthusiasm that could be beneficial to your meeting or event.

Aside from creating an ambience and environment that works well for your business meeting, you also need to ensure that the practical requirements of your meeting are met by your meeting venue. Choosing a hotel venue hat are well experienced in hosting business meetings and events, such as Holiday Inn Colchester, will ensure that you can have all of the essential facilities that your company needs. For instance, if you require internet access, a projector or technical equipment such as video conferencing, then your presentations or pitches will run smoothly. Your business associates will need to be fed and watered so refreshments and catering facilities should be readily available if you are hoping to keep attendees motivated and with their minds on the job in hand. Hotels like ours with experience in catering for business meetings and events are well versed in managing large numbers of people to make sure that there are no problems with the facilities to distract from the smooth running of your meeting. Meeting rooms in the Holiday Inn Colchester have all the equipment that you would expect to make a successful meeting, with rooms equipped with Wi-Fi and presentation facilities, not to mention comfortable surroundings.

Emma writes articles on Meeting Rooms including guides to Book meeting rooms at Holiday Inn Colchester.

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