90 | Secrets of the Hospitality Industry | with Simon DeSwaan

Uncategorized Dec 03, 2020


When you can learn from someone with a history of experience in hospitality, you take it!

Simon DeSwaan is a Superhost who has spent 15 years working for Four Seasons hotels and resorts, and now works from home as an executive recruiter in the hospitality industry. He enjoys hosting his own short-term rental as a way to interact with people from all over the world.

From his extensive experience working with some of the top hotels and restaurants in the world, he has picked up a lot of tricks that are applicable to his (and your!) short-term rental business. 

Here are his three biggest takeaways that anyone can apply to their own rentals:

  1. Make people feel at home. They are guests as much as friends and family. This is not a business transaction, it is relationship based. That is the draw of short term rentals and that connection is important.
  2. Judge why your guest is staying and make sure you are giving them the space they need when they need it. Your guests need to know...
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STRShare Sunday: the New Hampshire Getaway

strsharesunday Nov 29, 2020

It's time for #STRsharesunday ! Today we are featuring The New Hampshire Getaway 

Pet lovers... this one's for you!

Hilary is your host, and she has done an amazing job highlighting the pet-friendly aspect of her rental by sharing her pup on her feed and creating pet-friendly touches (like a hook on by the door for a leash!) She's really leaned into her dog-friendly rental and shares her dogs as if they were her co-hosts and builds a feeling of community among pet owners. We feel like we know her even more as a person based on her pets!

If you're pet friendly, put it out there! Let people know! It's a great way to get recurring visitors too. If people know that their pet is comfortable there, they'll want to come back!

Psst... we'd like to give an inaugural #STRsharepet shoutout to Hilary's dogs: Brooklyn and Penny!

The New Hampshire Getaway on Instagram

The New Hampshire Getaway on AirBnb


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89 | How to Gain the Confidence to Act While You Learn | with Katie Raboy

Uncategorized Nov 26, 2020


What do you do if you have everything you need to start your own management company, but all you’re really lacking is the confidence to move forward?

Katie Raboy is the owner and manager of The Cabin Collection, an exclusive collection of high-end cabins in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. She began self-managing her own cabin, California Dreaming, in March of 2020, and recently grew her business into The Cabin Collection in September of 2020.

She shares her story about buying a pre-existing short term rental, launching that and hosting on her own, and now creating a whole business around managing properties. We talk all about taking action before you’re ready, finding your confidence, and setting boundaries for yourself and your mental health so you can make it through those burnout moments.




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STRShare Sunday: Basecamp at Cedar Fork

strsharesunday Nov 22, 2020

It's time for #STRsharesunday ! Today we are featuring Basecamp at Cedar Fork.

Who loves treehouses? WE DO! Check out this week's episode for more treehouse love!

Kaci and Waylan are your hosts, and this place is UNBELIEVABLE. And because this is a treehouse... (they actually call it a tree loft) they have an underground BUNKER, just in case the weather gets crazy! We love safety here at Thanks For Visiting, and that is something we have not seen before!

Go give them some fellow host love and support as they continue on their journey!

Basecamp at Cedar Fork on Instagram

Basecamp at Cedar Fork on AirBnb

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


Are you ready to master your hosting business without sacrificing guest experience? Click HERE for our free workshop

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88 | Transformative Travel: How to Create Meaningful Airbnb Experiences like Bolt Farm Treehouse | with Tori Bolt & Seth Bolt

Uncategorized Nov 19, 2020


Tori and Seth Bolt are the Superhosts behind Bolt Farm Treehouse, the #1 Airbnb in South Carolina. They are dedicated to creating inspiring luxury nature retreats that help travelers reconnect and experience transformative travel, and they have some incredible tips. They’ve welcomed more than 2,000 guests from 25 countries, earning them over half a million dollars and garnering them over 650 five-star reviews.

If you’re in the short-term rental space, you’ve probably seen pics of the Bolt Farm Treehouse before — it’s gorgeous — and they have a new property launching next week! Whether you want to learn how to create unique and meaningful experiences that create lifelong customers or just want to know how you can be one of the first people to stay at their new nature retreat, this episode is going to be a blast!


Seth & Tori Bolt’s Tips for Creating Transformative Travel Experiences:

  • Being a good host starts with...
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STRShare Sunday: Mossy Hollow Cove

strsharesunday Nov 16, 2020

Time for another #STRsharesunday and today we are featuring Mossy hollow Cove

This gorgeous rental is located in Minnesota, and man do we want to be there right now! I bet that fall foliage was

Katie is a newer host, but boy, are is she coming in to the STR host life guns a'blazing... totally CRUSHING it! There is not one detail that Katie did not pay attention to.

What we love: Katie has done an incredible job highlighting the unbelievable shoreline location. There are some AMAZING aerial drone shots of the location of the rental that are straight out of a magazine... simply stunning! Oh... and the interior is beautiful too. Well done!

Mossy Hollow Cove on AirbnB

Mossy Hollow Cove on Instagram

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


Are you ready to master your hosting business without sacrificing guest experience? Click HERE...

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87 | How to Create a Great Airbnb Experience: During the Pandemic & Beyond | with Kate Buhler

Uncategorized Nov 12, 2020


Sometimes it takes a near-death experience to make you realize you’re not doing what you are meant to do.

Kate Buhler is a consultant and trainer for luxury sales and service. She has over 25 years experience in hospitality, retail management, and cross-cultural sales. Lately, she’s been working with clients to stay ahead of the trends and competition by keeping current on each “next normal” in this time of COVID-19. When an airplane she was on lost pressure an hour away from landing, she asked herself if she had any regrets — and she confessed to herself that she was focused on making rich people richer, when what she really wanted was to make normal people richer.

She offers tips you can use to take advantage of the opportunities and situations we are presented with today so that you can learn how to thrive during a pandemic.

Kate coaches individuals on a variety of topics in the fields of revenue management, marketing, and service...
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#STRShareSunday: Villa Signor

strsharesunday Nov 08, 2020

Time for another #STRsharesunday and today we are featuring Villa Signor!

Mandy is a military wife and mom and host of these 2 five star rentals in Connecticut - 2.5 hours away from both NYC AND Boston!

A lot of hosts that we highlight have hospitality backgrounds somewhere in their career, including Mandy, who was a former beverage director at Mohegan Sun.

What we love: Mandy does a great job highlighting not only HER space, but the surrounding area as well. She makes sure everyone knows what the amenities are in the local vacation spa community where her rental is situated. Her profile lets everyone know exactly where they are located, how to book, her LinkTree is loaded with information, and her highlights give a great overview of reviews and area attractions!

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Villa Signor on Instagram

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


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86 | House Rules: Making Your Policies Clear For Guests

Uncategorized Nov 05, 2020


Tricia at @lakesuperiorvacations asked us a question about house rules and what a host should include on their list of rules. If you’re like us, you may have an adverse reaction to the word “rules,” but they are imperative to your short-term rental, and it’s important that your guest knows what they are. It helps everybody! So, let’s talk about creating rules for your space and how to communicate them to your guest.

Here are some rule ideas you may want to offer at your property:

  • Reiterate what check in/check out times are, and outline your early or late check-in/check-out policies.
  • Guests who live in your city may not book a stay until they speak with you, and that if this is not disclosed you reserve the right to cancel a booking.
  • Be specific about what activities are or are not allowed at your property (smoking, parties, excessive noise, etc.) Also outline any fines that may be applied if these rules are broken.
  • Your policy on commercial...
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#STRShareSunday: the Nene Nest Kauai

strsharesunday Nov 01, 2020

Aloha! Today's STR Share is The Nene Nest Kauai, hosted by Melissa and Kyle.

What we LOVE about their instagram is that they have an island playlist to listen to on Spotify. What a great way to have your guests (and fans) tune in to your vibe! They also let everyone know on their IG account that they are just 152 steps to the ocean... talk about an island DREAM!

They have their own website, and on it they have a "featured in" section where they list all their PR. Leverage media and PR opportunities! See if your story and your space is worth sharing on blogs, podcasts (hint hint), local newspapers, you name it!


The Nene Nest Kauai on Instagram

The Nene Nest Kauai Website

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


Are you ready to master your hosting business without sacrificing guest experience? Click HERE for our free workshop...

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