Do You Ever Feel Like God Doesn’t Care

The newly finished roof, leaks, the dog is sick, and I have a chronic back pain that makes it hard toju sit in one place for very long. My business is completely dead and the bills are mounting on a pile on top of my desk. In total distress I turn on the television in hopes of getting my mind off all my problems, at least for a little while. Turning the station, I am drawn to a program where a couple is buying a vacation home. They’re bored with their ocean front home in Florida! So, they’re looking for a home between $600,000 to $900,000 in Nevada where they can gamble and go to the extravagant shows on the Las Vegas strip.

I was totally captivated wondering st how fantastic it would be just to have the ability to own a home priced at their vacation house sum. Amazed at their extravagant lifestyle I questioned God as to why they are allowed to have such riches when I can’t even afford health care. God don’t you care about me? I don’t understand why some people can have everything they want and the rest of us struggle day to day!

Psalm 49: 16-20, “Don’t be upset when a man becomes rich, when his wealth grows even greater; he cannot take it with him when he dies; his wealth will not go with him to the grave. Even if a man is satisfied with this life and is praised because he is successful, he will join all his ancestors in death, where the darkness lasts forever. A man’s greatness cannot keep him from death; he will still die like the animals.”

As I continued to watch the television program, the couple chose a brand new $700,000 vacation home over looking a golf course with a beautiful mountain view in the back ground. The wife complained that they were also over looking some new construction. The realtor quickly explained that it would all be completed in a few short months. The rich woman nodded in reply, but you could tell that she wasn’t happy about the amount of time. My mind was astonished at her complaint all the time thinking how excellent it would be if I was in a nice new clean development with perfect landscaping, beautiful brick pavement, and nice new roads.

Psalm 49: 10-12, “Anyone can see that even wise men die, as well as foolish and stupid men. They all leave their riches to their descendants. Their graves are their homes forever; there they stay for all time, though they once had lands of their own. A man’s greatness cannot keep him from death; he will still die like the animals.”

I live in a sixty year old house on a street where people aren’t interested in having nice yards. It would be awesome if they just hauled away their junk and occasionally mowed their yards. Every window in my house has a view that overlooks run down homes, old cars and crumbling roads and sidewalks. Just thinking about my location made me even more upset over this couples ability to live such an extravagant lifestyle. If God loves all people the same, then why are they so rich, while most people are so poor?

Psalm 49: 13-15, “See what happens to those who trust in themselves, the fate of those who are satisfied with their wealth-they are doomed to die like sheep, and Death will be their shepherd. The righteous will triumph over them, as their bodies quickly decay in the world of the dead far from their homes. But God will rescue me; he will save me from the power of death.”

I turned the television station in disgust and the Evening News was showing pictures of a devastating flood. Thousands of families were displaced from their homes. They were pleading with the authorities to let them just go back to their homes long enough to get the few personal possessions that escaped damage from the flood. The faces and stories told by the people quickly snapped me out of my mood of utter contempt for the rich couple and their newly acquired vacation home. My mind now was focused on their pain wondering what I could do to help them.

Psalm 49: 5-9, “I am not afraid in times of danger when I am surrounded by enemies, by evil men who trust in their riches. And boast of their great wealth. A person can never redeem himself; he cannot pay God the price for his life, because the payment for a human life is too great. What he could pay would never be enough to keep him from the grave, to let him live forever.”

My feelings over my lack of things got the best of me when I indulged myself in television programs containing the lives of the rich. Seeing the anguish of people in pain after the devastation of a flood made me focus on what was really important in life. Suddenly a steady stream of revelations once again made me focus on the purpose of our world in the first place. We are not here to live a perfect life with beautiful extravagant mansions. We are not here to indulge in excessive riches and what they can buy.

1 Peter 1: 3-5, “Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Because of his great mercy he gave us new life by raising Jesus Christ from death. This fills us with a living hope, and so we look forward to possessing the rich blessings that God keeps for his people. He keeps them for you in heaven, where they cannot decay or spoil or fade away. They are for you, who through faith are kept safe by God’s power for the salvation which is ready to be revealed at the end of time.”

My heart goes out to all the flood victims. Most of all my love and compassion for those who have lost everything reveals the change that has happened in my own life as I strive to imitate Christ. I don’t care about the riches of this world for I am building a mansion in the perfection of heaven.

1 Peter 1: 6& 7, “Be glad about this, even though it may now be necessary for you to be sad for a while because of the many kinds of trials you suffer. Their purpose is to prove that your faith is genuine. Even gold, which can be destroyed, is tested by fire; and so your faith, which is much more precious than gold, must also be tested, so that it may endure. Then you will receive praise and glory and honor on the Day when Jesus Christ is revealed.”

The victims of the flood are blessed because their faith in God is being tested by the refining fire of the flood. Questions like these become answered: “If I lost everything would I still trust Jesus? Yes! If I had to start all over again would I be a story to others about what I have overcome?” A shout out loud, “Yes! Most of all would I praise God in the assembly of people, even when it seemed that He had abandoned me in the flood?” A resounding, “Yes, Yes!”

This world is more than what it seems. It is not about personal wealth or if you are famous. It is about growing, learning and most of all achieving the greatest goal of them all, ‘Your Life Purpose!’ Many people are so changed by what they suffer that they completely change their lives. They become fireman, policeman, medical personnel, social workers, and missionaries, whose main goal in life is to help those who are in need. They volunteer in hospitals, rest homes, and school systems where children need a role model in their lives. They are people who show the world that every bad thing that happens in their lives, just makes them stronger.

1 Peter 1: 8&9, ” You love him, although you have not seen him, and you believe in him, although you do not now see him. So you rejoice with a great and glorious joy which words cannot express, because you are receiving the salvation of your souls, which is the purpose of your faith in him.”

The News, told many stories of people who were thankful because God had saved their family from the flood. Stories of victory among the chaos. Stories of strength as many declared that they would rebuild again. Stories of people who didn’t become victims of the flood, but examples to the world of what you can overcome when God is the center of your life.

The tests I have endured during my life have changed me. Making me care about people and not about the riches of this world that will soon pass away. Believing in God and trusting Him with my problems, fixed my leaky roof, took care of my dog and miraculously healed my back.

The Role of Corporate Videos

When it comes to the marketing strategy you are using in order to make your company renowned and popular among possible customers, you constantly have to be prepared for changes. Everything moves fast nowadays and you need to learn how to keep the pace with everything that is new on the market. New marketing tools appear on a regular basis and you have to learn everything about them and to even introduce some of them in the strategy that you are using for your company. For example, do you know anything about corporate video nycservices? Are you aware how these services work and how they can help you? If you don’t have an answer to these questions, then you are recommended to do some research as soon as possible. You will find out the fact that corporate videos represent a highly efficient tool for attracting new customers with the condition that they are filmed by a professional team of experts that have a lot of experience in the field. The script of the video is also very important, as it basically represents the heart of your promotional video. If the script is a boring, dull one, then you can be sure that you are just going to waste your money on the corporate video production new york city services; the video is simply not going to work.

What you have to do is to contact a video production team that has a very good portfolio of clients. Such a team is definitely going to provide top quality services, as it is more than clear that such a team of formed of creative, highly trained and skilled professionals who know exactly what they are doing. Never hire a team of video production experts if you don’t know anything about their client portfolio. You can’t even imagine how much the portfolio says about the team and how much it can help you make a very wise choice. Once you have found the right team of experts, you can be sure of the fact that the final product is going to look fantastic and that it is going to attract the attention of numerous people. By attracting thousands of new customers, your business is going to grow and it is going to transform into a large company with an intense activity. Isn’t this what you are dreaming of when it comes to your company?

The Best Christmas Movie Ever

All of us I’m sure have our own personal favorite Christmas movies, but to me so many of the new movies focus on the trappings of Christmas without dealing with the meaning of Christmas. I loved National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and last years Home for Christmas with Ben Stiller but again they both deal with peoples lives at Christmas not Christmas it self.

Of course we have reminisces of A Christmas story Ralphy’s desire for a Red Rider BB gun a wonderful film about growing up and childhood Christmas memories but what does it say about Christmas?

To me the ultimate Christmas movie is Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life the story of George Bailey of Bedford Falls New York. On the surface it’s the story of a selfless man putting the desires of family above his own. Then when disaster strikes being granted the gift of seeing what the world would be like without him and his personal redemption.

In reality it is not about George’s redemption at all it is about our personal redemption. George Bailey was the suffering servant of Bedford Falls a Christ figure he doesn’t require redemption. As a boy George sees old man Gower putting the wrong ingredients in a prescription George goes to his fathers office and steps in between his father and Mr. Potter arguing and George speaks truth to power, George is filled with the spirit of righteousness. After his fathers sudden death George preaches to the board about saving the building and loan and casts out the demons on the board who would side with Potter. By this act like the marriage at Canaan George performs his first miracle and has been anointed as his ministry begins.

But George longs to see the world and to travel yet the subtle message is, he is seeing the world in Bedford falls. George marries Mary Hatch while learning that life is what happens to you while your making other plans. He loves Mary and they begin a family, but George watches while others gain wealth and do all the great things that he longs for. Yet George has only his wife and children just as Christ had only his cloak and staff George’s reward is not to be in material things. When the stock market crashes George performs another miracle and saves the building and loan. With a speech that compares in content to the Sermon on the Mount.

Mister Potter in the character of the devil strives to destroy George and finally decides to try and bribe him. In a scene that compares with Christ’s temptation in the desert Satan offers the Lord dominion over the whole world if he would only abandon the will of his father. Likewise Potter offers George everything he ever wanted in life money travel and wealth if only George will abandon the will of his father.

As George loans money to Violet Biggs the fallen woman of Bedford Falls he parallels the forgiveness of Christ to the woman at the well. Then through no fault of his own he is eight thousand dollars short in his accounts. Potter Satan attempts to use the organs of government to crucify George. George prays alone on a dark snowy bridge as he contemplates suicide as Christ prayed in the garden alone in the garden in the dark both asking is there not some way to take this cup from my hand if it be your will.

Through his guardian angel George is shown the world, as it would be with out him just as Christ looked down into hell and both men saw the value of their ministries. But this is a story of hope and redemption as George is rescued by an outpouring of love by the people of the world. This Christ is rescued and redeemed, this time the people realized all that George the messiah did for them and they rallied to his cause and denied Satan a victory. This time we got it The Messiah need not die for us this time, because WE as a people were redeemed not George. For God so loved the world he gave his only begotten son. In It’s a Wonderful Life we so loved the Lord we rescued his only begotten son and placed him up upon his throne.

An Alaska Vacation – Try an Alaska Cruise

When dreaming about an Alaska vacation you may
envision the romantic essence of yourself reeling in King Salmon, roaming the Alaska wilderness shooting wildlife pictures or simply observing the awe-inspiring beauty…but there’s more.

Alaska still remains one of the last frontiers on our
planet
. Its harsh extremely rugged environment can put any well-equipped adventurer to the test. Yet for the wise, you can engage in a thrilling Alaska vacation, experience the rugged Alaska environment, the awe-inspiring beauty and participate in Alaska’s beckoning adventurous surroundings as much or as little
as you want. And you can do it all from the safety of your home away from home!

Your Alaska vacation setting, your home away from home, is
aboard one of the most spectacular means of transportation known today, a luxury cruise ship. Granted, these cruise ships are monstrous in their own right, dwarfed by jutting mountain peaks and colossal glacier ice fields. Yet, you have the opportunity to experience some of Alaska’s finest, right from the luxury and comfort of your home away from home, a cruise ship. What a
romantic way to travel!

Advantages Of Living In The Northwest…

For those living in the Pacific Northwest, you have the ease and
advantage of experiencing a wondrous Alaska vacation by driving a vehicle to your departure port, either Seattle, Astoria
or Vancouver, B.C.; making your Alaska vacation that much more of a vacation.

You’ll experience the joys from NOT having to deal with the anxieties of a possible flight delay or flight cancellation and no additional strain on the pocket book requiring additional money for flights or possible hotel stays.

If you’re driving, the ideal is to find a friend or family
member to drop you off and pick you up. You do, however, have the option of parking at the Bell Street Garage located directly across from Pier 66, the cruise terminal in Seattle.

Fee: $12.00 per day.
On-line reservations are available through Republic Parking.
Location: 9 Wall Street. Enter at the corner of Alaskan Way and Wall Street.

  • 25 handicap parking stalls.
  • No oversize or RV parking is available in the garage. Vehicles must be less than 6’6″ high.
  • Republic Parking operates the garage. Questions? Call the garage staff at (206) 783-4144.
  • The ability to leave home and drive to your cruise ship
    is truly remarkable. We took that opportunity to engage in an Alaska vacation with Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) the summer of 2004. Previously we’d explored Alaska by air; vehicle, foot and most recently the favorable moment came, to explore Alaska by way of a cruise ship.

    Past Vacations Were Work…

    In the past, our Alaska vacation required an immense amount of
    planning, organization, and ultimately, “work”, yielding very little time for some true relaxation and quality time with loved ones. An NCL Alaska Cruise allows you to truly relax and spend the necessary quality time with loved ones. The cruise gives you options. If you want to engage yourself into an intense schedule, you can. If you don’t want the intensity, that’s your option.

    Cruising With NCL…

    We elected to cruise with NCL for various reasons:
    they’re very competitive in price, they offer “Free-Style Cruising”, they have fabulous children programs (we could spend some quality romantic time together while the kids were fully involved in the children programs), superb entertainment, an international crew and they were the first cruise line in Seattle. We had to check them out…and that we did!

    Six of us, 2-adults and 4-children, set off to explore the
    qualities of NCL on an Alaska vacation. Our vessel, the “Norwegian Spirit” was docked at the Port of Seattle, the Pier 66 Terminal. Our scheduled departure was a Saturday afternoon allowing us the relaxing time to get some last minute things together. We were in no rush whatsoever. We could arrive at the ship between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. How soothing this was to all the family members.

    Arriving at the terminal was a little confusing; it appeared as if every passenger descended on the ship at the same time. Amongst the confusion we found a courteous NCL employee who directed us to the appropriate baggage check-in and ticketing lines. We were impressed how quickly and orderly the lines
    flowed. NCL did a fantastic job of getting us through the baggage check-in, ticketing and on-board the ship.

    Each passenger is issued an ID card before boarding.
    This ID Card serves as your room key, boarding pass and credit card for any onboard shopping. It’s imperative that you guard it like your credit card, do not leave it unattended. You’ll need it in ALL ports of call for departing and boarding the ship.

    Before the ship left the Seattle dock, on to our Alaska
    vacation, we were exploring. The Spirit carries 1,996 passengers with a crew of 920. That’s nearly 1-crew member for every 2-passengers! And we have to say; the crew was there to serve us and make sure we had the absolute best Alaska vacation. We appreciated all of the nationalities represented on the Spirit. It’s truly a vessel of international flair.

    Our kids, of course, loved the stern section of the ship,
    the Kids Club. It’s amazing, an entire mini-amusement park with tunnels, tubes and balls, a pool with slides, fountains and a mock pirate ship yielding water-spouting cannons that make up the upper portion of the stern section. This is a kid’s heaven. When our kids were tired of the water games (that rarely
    happened), the arcade was only steps away.

    The restaurants on board were numerous from fine dining to
    buffet style and fast food offered 24-hours a day. You’ll never go hungry. If you’re dieting to lose weight, put the diet on hold for the duration of the cruise. You’ll want the flexibility to enjoy all the fabulous food entrees.

    The Many Options…

    We especially enjoyed the many options of simply watching
    whales spout, the beautiful scenery passing us by, picking up a movie in the theater, dining, playing cards, trying our luck in the casino, listening to some live entertainment at one of the many bars, lounging on the deck by one of the pools, pumping iron at the gym, shooting some hoops on the basketball court…the
    list seems endless. This is the ultimate Alaska vacation; you can do it all, part or nothing.

    Our family of six always had something to do, there was
    never a dull boring moment. Each one of us had the option to choose what we wanted to do. My wife, for example, read a book in the library while I watched a movie in the theater, our oldest hung out with some new found friends and the other three played on the water slides. Our Alaska vacation was unlike any other,
    there was literally no sacrificing the wants and likes of other family members. And above all, we didn’t have to drive to any of these recreational activities!

    One of our favorite functions were the evenings live
    high quality professional entertainment in the grand Moulin Rouge showroom. It’s unique in that the Moulin Rouge utilizes two decks, with theater style sitting. You ultimately get a great view from every seat, including the seats in the balcony! On our
    particular cruise, the Cruise Director, Adrian Lewis, did a fabulous job organizing all of the professional entertainment. The picture depicts a special attribute to all the crew who made our Alaska vacation an unforgettable experience.

    Ports of Call…

    And of course, there are the ports of call: Ketchikan via the Inside Passage from Seattle, Juneau, Skagway and Prince Rupert with a sneak into the Sawyer Glacier. The ports are all awesome. You have the choice of departing the ship and venturing out into the Alaskan territory or stay in your second home, onboard the Spirit. It’s your choice to expand your Alaska
    vacation to meet your adventurous needs and desires.

    On shore you can experience nearly any level of excitement
    you so desire. You’ll have at your disposal helicopter flights, fishing opportunities, river rafting, guided tours, shopping expeditions or simply strolling around on a self-guided walking tour. The ports of call, on our Alaska vacation, were relatively small. This enabled us to walk around the towns to capture the Alaskan lifestyle. Granted, our stay in each port was limited but it did yield enough time to get a taste, an experience of Alaska. The ports were showcased enabling us to see the highlights and if so desired we could return at a later date.

    Ketchikan was our first port of call after cruising through the majestic Inside Passage. Ketchikan is a
    shoppers dream, an added feature to experience the ultimate Alaska vacation. The historic downtown and specialty shops are within minutes from the cruise ship docks. You’ll find a wide selection of native art, jewelry, sporting goods and even the Alaskan themed toys.

    We especially enjoyed walking around town, watching the
    salmon run through a stream in the center of town and riding the
    city bus to Saxman Village, a native village 2-miles south of Ketchikan. The village is literally a totem pole park revealing the native’s culture. Returning to the ship we decided to walk the 2-miles back along a fabulous waterside walkway that portrayed the beauty of this Southeast Alaska area.

    Juneauwas the second port of call. We were amazed how much the city had changed over the past 10-years. The
    cruise ship industry had a great effect on the coastal Alaskan towns. Shops literally sprung up overnight to accommodate the thousands of passengers descending upon Juneau and the other coastal towns.

    Juneau is the capital of Alaska, nestled between
    towering mountains. The enormity of the cruise ships makes for an awesome sight as they cruise between the mountain ridges.

    Juneau is also home to the Mendenhall Glacier. This is a sight to be seen, especially if you’re not familiar with glaciers. We took the city bus to the Mendenhall Valley and walked about a mile to reach the glacier. Of course, there are other options to get to the glacier via helicopter or one of the many bus-guided tours.

    If you plan on visiting the glacier bring along your
    National Parks Pass. This will entitle you free entrance to the visitor’s center.

    Our third Port of Call was the infamous little town of
    Skagway
    . Our route to Skagway took us up the Tracy
    Arm to the Sawyer Glacier. We cruised past icebergs and gushing water falls. The captain brought the cruise ship near the spectacular ice-flow, a sight you have to see. Our kids continued playing on the water-slides as we cruised along
    the towering pieces of ice, truly an amazing sight.

    Skagway welcomed us with open arms. It’s here that
    the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898 began. It’s hard to imagine more than 30,000 gold seekers set out from this once tiny village. And now, Skagway is experiencing it’s second gold rush. Approximately 5- cruise ships visit Skagway every day during the months of May – September, that’s 10,000 visitors per day bringing money into the community!

    The town is very easy to get around; it’s about 7-blocks
    long all encased with specialty shops. The prices are extremely competitive yielding some good quality products. Regarding the tours, you can always sign up for a tour aboard the ship; however, if you didn’t make previous tour arrangements you still have ample opportunities on shore.

    Skagway is known for the famous scenic railway. It’s a
    3-hour ride out of Skagway following the gold rush route into the Yukon. We decided against the train ride and hopped aboard a personalized driving tour with the Skaguay Tour Company. We like the added edge a personalized tour gives. The tour consists of a historic city tour and a drive to the summit of White Pass, essentially paralleling the train route but only half the cost. We also had the opportunity to stop at various points of interest along the way, unlike the train. Before you go to Skagway check out Skagway Tour Company. Be sure to bring your passport, you’ll cross into Canada and may need the identification for re-entry into the U.S.

    Our last Port of Call, before returning to Seattle, was
    Prince Rupert
    . This cosmopolitan city encompasses
    many cultures and is the home of the First Nations people for 10,000 years. Near the cruise dock is a native museum with a variety of shops nestled along the waterfront. Compared to the other ports, we found the various gift items expensive even with the good U.S. dollar exchange rate.

    There are tours that you can participate in; however, we
    took advantage of the walking tour along the waterfront visiting the sunken gardens. It made for a nice walkabout; however, our kids were anxious to return to the ship and engage in the many wonderful activities. That’s the beauty; you have a home away from home, a comfortable place to return to creating a relaxing and enjoyable Alaska vacation.

    Seattle, our off-boarding port, came far too soon. None of us were very anxious to leave the ship; we were ready to do the cruise again, back to our Alaska vacation. But the reality, we had to disembark. NCL made this an extremely easy process.

    Each passenger is given a color-coded baggage tag depending upon your on-shore schedule. For example, if you had a morning
    flight scheduled out of SeaTac Airport, your color-coded baggage tag indicated early ship disembarkation. You’d simply listen to your color tag announced over the loudspeaker system and proceed to depart the ship.

    NCL makes it a relaxing experience even when the ship has reached its final destination. You can sit
    back, relax and continue to enjoy your Alaska vacation while eating breakfast looking out at Seattle’s skyline.

    Foremost, the things we bring with us from any vacation is
    the memories, the experiences. It, therefore, makes sense to have a memorable vacation. Unfortunately there is a cost to it, any vacation or anything we do in life will cost in some form, either money, time, material things, etc. A cruise costs money. If money is a concern to you then we can show you how to save money before you purchase your cruise tickets.

    The Alaska cruises book-up quickly. We encourage you to get the most of your Alaska vacation by booking early. You will not be disappointed. And we’ll help you through the booking process, your memories are a keepsake; therefore, book early.

    We do not sell cruise tickets, airline tickets or any travel tickets, we simply reveal the Facts so you can make an informed decision and get the most for your hard earned dollar.

    Step out into the exciting, adventurous, and romantic wonderlands our planet has to offer…make your Alaska vacation an Alaska Cruise.

    Some Things To Remember Before Leaving The House:

  • Cruise Tickets
  • Passport
  • Camera/Film
  • NCL Luggage Tags on your bags
  • Craig Dahl – Senior Editor

    How to Promote Your Vacation Home Rental

    In the past, promotion of the availability of a vacation home rental was limited to a few local avenues – print advertising, flyers handed out or hung up around town, postcards left in local establishments, and word of mouth. With the advent of the Internet, a new option has been created for marketing vacation rentals. You can now promote your rental home across the globe relatively inexpensively and easily. You can create your own website or you can take advantage of listing sites that draw the traffic in for you.

    In this first part of a forthcoming series of articles, you will learn the basics of how to promote a vacation rental home. Each additional installment in this series will go into more detail about marketing vacation rentals in a variety of ways.

    Marketing Vacation Rentals with Individual Websites

    It has become very easy for anyone to buy a domain and hosting package and promote a vacation home rental online. Plus, you don’t have to know HTML or be an experienced web designer to take advantage of marketing vacation rentals in this way; there are many programs that have been created that make the creation of a slick-looking website easy. You want to make sure that your vacation home rental site looks as professional as possible and contains pictures of the inside and out as well as details about all of the amenities available. You can also include information about price and availability if you wish, or you can require that interested parties contact you for more information. And make sure that you have a way for visitors to contact you!

    At its core, your vacation home rental site should serve as an online version of a glossy brochure that you might hand out to prospective renters. You will learn more about ways to create great sites for marketing vacation rentals and how to get them noticed in future articles in this series.

    Vacation Home Rental Sites

    Whether you want to create your own website for your vacation home rental property or just want an easy way to advertise your home, you may be interested in looking into the benefits of vacation rental websites. These sites make marketing vacation rentals easy by compiling listings of homes for rent by owners and/or companies to help bring the renters to your door. Many vacation home rental sites charge a small fee for your listing but allow you to incorporate photographs, text, and a link to your own site. These sites may also make it easy for renters to get in touch with the owners of homes. Future articles will teach you what to look for in a vacation home rental site and how to promote a vacation rental alongside the many listings that are available.

    Marketing Vacation Rentals with Print Advertising – From Flyers to Newspaper Ads

    While the Internet is an extremely important tool in marketing vacation rentals, traditional marketing venues still can make a difference if you are looking to attract renters. You can create flyers with pictures of your house, prices, and a list of amenities that you can post in the town where your vacation home rental is located. This is an extremely inexpensive way to get noticed, but it is important to design your flyers with eye-catching images and easy-to-read text. You can also create postcards with this information that can be mailed to local households or placed in local stores for visitors and residents to pick up.

    Another option for marketing vacation rentals is to run advertisements in the classified section of any local newspaper. The downside to this is that you may wind up paying a lot for an ad that will only be seen by a limited number of people, but that same ad will be specifically targeted in the area for your vacation home rental and may get strong results.

    Preparing Your Vacation Home Rental Property

    No matter how you choose to go about marketing vacation rentals, you will need to have photographs of your home taken to put on the web, in the newspaper, or in a flyer. Make sure that you prepare your home so that it looks its best – that the lawn is trimmed, that the pool area is tidy, that the windows are clean, and so on. Then, take a series of pictures from several angles of the home so that a prospective renter knows exactly what he or she will find. If you can, add something to your home that will make it stand out. For example, use brightly colored curtains, or take your photograph at night. Above all, make sure to give people a reason to look more closely at what you have to offer in a vacation home rental.

    Word of Mouth

    The simplest and cheapest way for marketing vacation rentals is by word of mouth. Tell anyone and everyone that you have a home available. Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, tell the people at the bank and at the grocery store. While the person you tell may not be the next person to rent your home, he or she may have a friend or relative who is in the market for a vacation home rental.

    Conclusion

    Above is just a small sampling of options that you have for marketing vacation rentals so that they are booked around the year. Future articles will give you more in-depth information about these options as well as additional tips and ideas about how to promote a vacation rental successfully.