In 2022, the key word for everyone is inflation. Everything is going up in price…from steak to chicken wings (yes, our favorite chicken wing place raised their prices 35% this year!). Car prices are up significantly, and, yes, vacation rental prices have increased too. With the significant increase in work from home (WFH) and online learning as a result of COVID people are visiting St. George Island more than ever, and this has driven a huge increase in demand for vacation re
Many of our blog readers have long heard us talk about the #bookdirect movement that has been taking place in the vacation rental “industry” over the last several years. Guests are continuing to grow tired of paying high fees to websites like VRBO and AirBnB and are instead trying to find ways to save hundreds of dollars by booking direct with the owners. At SGI Beach Vacations, we’ve built our business around growing our direct bookings and have spent significant time buildi
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be on the other side and be the owner of the home you’re staying in on St. George Island? As an owner, we often need to be reminded what it’s like for our guests too. One of the most popular blogs that we’ve ever written was a blog about our experience renting a huge cabin for a family reunion in Pigeon Forge, TN a couple of years ago. You can read about our experience here. A few weeks ago we took a trip for our 15th anniversary to An
Do you like throwing money in the garbage? Do you like spending money on something that has absolutely no value? Of course not! Today, February 5th, is National #bookdirect day, and it is all about helping travelers understand that they don’t need to give hundreds of dollars in booking fees to companies like VRBO, AirBnB and TripAdvisor. (If you missed our blog post about #bookdirect last year, you can check it out here.) We consider ourselves the leader for promoting #bookd
During this Christmas season, we just want to say thank you to all of our guests that stayed with us in 2019! Our three homes continue to be some of the highest rated homes on VRBO, but more importantly, we are increasingly focused on #bookdirect and booking directly with our guests in order to save them hundreds of dollars! If you missed our post last year about our reviews, you can check it out here. We wanted to share some of the awesome reviews that we’ve received lately.
A movement has been taking place over the last few years. This movement started when Expedia purchased Homeaway in 2015. Homeaway had a simple model. The company would charge a flat fee to vacation rental owners in order to list on their website, and the homeowners would leverage Homeaway/VRBO’s wide reach to attract renters to their vacation homes. At SGI Beach Vacations, we started with Sand Dollar on the VRBO platform in 2011 and were very happy. However, the model ha