115. Outdoorsy Takes Short-Term Rentals on the Road with Matt Mitchell

Uncategorized Jun 03, 2021

Looking for a creative, fun, and accessible way to get into the short-term rental space? Look no further!


Matt Mitchell is a digital nomad who turned his passion for campervan travel into a short-term rental business. Through each rental experience, he’s able to educate travelers about their investment in adventure and outdoor recreation. He spent a year traveling across the US & Canada in his home on wheels, and the experience gave him more than he could possibly describe. Now, he wants to share the feeling and encourage others to get outside and live minimally – or at least get a taste of the lifestyle before making the leap.


Matt now has two campervans that he rents on Outdoorsy, which is essentially the Airbnb of RVs, motorhomes, and campervans. His larger van currently costs $225 per night, while the smaller one goes for $200. Demand for this type of rental is through the roof right now – and for good reason: everyone’s itching to...

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#STR Share Sunday: The Gingerbreck House

strsharesunday May 30, 2021

It’s time for #strsharesunday and today we are sharing The Gingerbreck House!

It's a gingerbread-inspired house located in Breckenridge, Colorado! (get it!?)

We went through their instagram and we really feel like we know them and the whole story behind the house. There is power in storytelling, and that IS your advertising. The story behind the hosts and the property is what makes short-term rentals so special.

Head over to their page for some inspo: behind-the-scenes of the name and their story. Think about your guests, the experience they're going to have, and the story that you can tell them to invite them into your home. The Gingerbreck House has CRUSHED this!

The Gingerbreck House on Instagram

Book a stay at The Gingerbreck House

We would love to feature YOU, so don’t forget to use the #STRShareSunday to get your chance!

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114. Marketing Your Brand Through WiFi Portals with Arthur Colker

Uncategorized May 27, 2021

Marketing and branding are how you take your short-term rental business to the next level, but how do you introduce your brand to all of your guests - especially those that book through online travel agencies? And how do you capture email addresses during their stay?

Arthur Colker is the Founder and CEO of StayFi, the #1 provider of WiFi marketing services for vacation rental companies. Vacation rental managers use StayFi to brand their WiFi, collect guest data, and increase direct bookings – all while providing a better online experience for vacationing rental guests. 

Arthur holds degrees from Columbia Business School and Georgetown University. Prior to founding StayFi, Arthur led digital marketing strategy at several startups and ran his own marketing and branding consultancy.


What is WiFi Marketing?

Have you ever logged on to WiFi at a hotel, airport, or even Starbucks? Typically, you’ll be prompted to log in to an online portal using your email address....

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#STRShareSunday: Awayframe

strsharesunday May 23, 2021

It’s time for #strsharesunday and today we are sharing Awayframe!

First of all... what an amazing play on words. It's an A-frame... that you can visit while you're AWAY on vacation. Get it!?

Ashley is your host and her rental is located Lincoln City on the Oregon Coast (two beach access points!)

We have one word... COLOR. You can't look at this account without noticing all the beautiful color they've put into their space. Her use of color is super consistent and pays homage to the mid-century modern vibes on the inside and out.

Everything is so well thought out, from the copy to the logo (you know we're suckers for a good logo, because your STR is a BUSINESS which needs a BRAND).

Go over and give Ashley some love!

Awayframe on Instagram

Awayframe on AirBnB

We would love to feature YOU, so don’t forget to use the #STRShareSunday to get your chance!

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113. Start Your STR Business with an Investment Tribe with Travis Smith, Founder & CEO of Tribevest

Uncategorized May 20, 2021

You’re all here because you want to learn more about the short term rental industry. Maybe you want to get involved, but don’t know how to get started. Turns out, it might be that the best way to get into the world of short-term rentals isn’t to own, but to invest.


Travis Smith is the founder and CEO of Tribevest, which solves a major problem in the world of group investing by making it simple to create and manage your own investment group. Travis and his brothers were looking for ways to be less dependent on their incomes. During the Great Recession, they saw people all around them losing their jobs, and they identified real estate as a way to hack wealth without derailing their careers. They had no experience or education in the field at that time, but their biggest problem was a lack of upfront capital. By going in together as an investor tribe, they secured a future they could never have dreamed of.


If you’re interested in getting a...

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#STRShareSunday: Camp Caribou Yurt

strsharesunday May 16, 2021

Leigh is onto something amazing here... she has a yurt that she built right outside Glacier National Park. You NEED to go check this place out because we can't do it justice. The design and layout is incredible, full of natural light, decked out with stainless steel appliances.

The best part about this place is the location. A lot of people are itching to travel this summer and will want to go visit the National Parks.

Fun fact: Netty once worked at a resort at Glacier National Park. Looks like we'll have to come back to visit and stay here! Go give Leigh a like and a follow to check out her beautiful space!

Camp Caribou Yurt on Instagram

Camp Caribou Yurt on AirBnB

We would love to feature YOU, so don’t forget to use the #STRShareSunday to get your chance!

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112. How FemmeBnb Helps Women Travel Safe & Comfortably with Yaa Birago

Uncategorized May 13, 2021

Solo travel is a rising trend, but it can be dangerous — especially for women.

Yaa Birago is a tech entrepreneur, philanthropist, mentor, and the co-founder and CEO of FemmeBnb, the first social networking vacation and STR platform for women, by women. FemmeBnb allows women to rent their spaces to other women in the hopes of maximizing safety, peace-of-mind, and comfort. It also provides users with an AI-powered travel companion, to help plan their trip from start to finish.

We discuss how FemmeBnb brought the idea of creating a secure space for women that alleviates travel-anxieties to fruition, and the company’s pay-it-forward initiative which provides menstrual products to girls in Africa in an effort to help eradicate poverty.




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#STR Share Sunday: Honey Be Beach Houses

strsharesunday May 09, 2021

It's time for #strsharesunday and today we are featuring Honey Be Beach Houses!

These two houses (the Honey Be Beach House and the Be by the Sea) are hosted by a husband and wife design team who have literally put their world into their properties. They host classes and events at their property in addition to hosting guests.

We really want to show that a short-term rental or vacation rental doesn't have to stop there! These two have been able to weave everything about their lives into their properties.

Go give them a like and a follow and give them some love and you'll see how creative they are.

Honey Be Beach Houses on Instagram

Honey Be Farm Website

We would love to feature YOU, so don’t forget to use the #STRShareSunday to get your chance!

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111. Giving a Historic Home New Life with James Gray

Uncategorized May 06, 2021

If you had the opportunity to purchase a historic home, what would you do with it? James and Jacob, created an Airbnb rental, a country retreat, and a hub for fine dining, photoshoots, weddings, and more.


The two now own Farrand Hall, a historic estate built by Henry K. Farrand in the magic capital of the world: Colon, Michigan. Farrand Hall was added to Michigan State Preservation Office’s List of Historic Sites in 1971 and The National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Both James and Jacob live and work in Chicago, but expect to make Farrand Hall their full-time jobs very soon.


We’re passionate about hosting on Thanks for Visiting, but James takes it to a whole new level. He talks about how he and Jacob grew Farrand Hall into a multi-faceted business with rentals, events, and more. Hear the details of how he hires professional chefs to host unique dinner events at the property, the challenges with turnover after, and the secret behind their signature...

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#STRShareSunday: Duck Pond A-Frame

strsharesunday May 02, 2021

It's time for #strsharesunday and today we are featuring Duck Pond A-Frame!

Yes... this is as interesting as it sounds! Hosted by our friend Wendy, this Dutch a-frame isn't something you'd think you would find in Arizona. Wendy does an amazing job with furniture curation and has a lot of eclectic spaces, but this one really catches your eye (we LOVE the rainbow of glassware)!

This one-of-a-kind stay has a lot of visual interest. Remember: how you take your photos is how you sell someone on booking with you. Check out her IG and her AirBnB listing, and you'll find that not only are her photos amazing, but you really need to go through and read about her space, line-by-line. Wendy really lets you know what she has in every room, what you can enjoy. Her copy is top-notch and she is also SUPER clear with her rules.

Duck Pond A-Frame on Instagram

Duck Pond A-Frame on AirBnB

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