Why video is more than necessary in 2015

By 2017, video will account for 69% of all consumer internet traffic, according to Cisco. Videos are nothing new in this day and age and it seems like every day, another video is going viral. Online video users are expected to double to 1.5 billion in 2016, according to Jeff Hazylett.  This number will only increase due to more ways to record and easier ways to upload and share content.

Screen Capture of our Details page on a Vacation Rental Listing-2015

Screen Capture of our Details page on a Vacation Rental Listing-2015

That is why companies should be embracing this amazing way to create great content marketing. “We have been encouraging vacation rental owners to upload videos of their property or fun things to do in the area. Videos show vacationers how to live like a local,” Joe Mogensen, creator of state-specific vacation, rental websites said. His first state specific website was www.RentWisconsinCabins.com, a website highlighting vacation rentals all over the state. The addition of videos to property details page let’s renters “watch” what there is to do in the area, like snorkeling the lakefor example. Did you know that Cable has some of the coolest snowmobiling in the world? Videos help share with the user, what a simple description could never put into words. Other vacation rental websites such as RentMinnesotaCabins.com, RentNewYorkcabins.com and RentMichiganCabins.com have gained momentum with video capabilities. “New York has some popular wine trails that are great for those that stay a week in the Finger Lakes area.” Videos promote that vacation experience, which helps rental owners bookings.”

“We are brand ambassadors. We want to be a marketing partner first and a listing website second. It is important for vacationers to trust the property and managers.” Mogensen implies. Simply put, photos and descriptions just don’t work for everybody now. Users want more. Videos are easy to share with others and let’s face it, vacationers want to share their experiences and owners want to share what they can offer. Videos are also great social media material. Just recently Facebook surpassed YouTube in desktop traffic, which just solidifies our reasoning  for vacationers to connect with the owners and managers online via social media. Coupled with video, It is a win-win situation.

Enjoying a Fall Vacation in Wisconsin – “Colorama”

If we ask vacationers to tell us their favorite vacation memory, we typically don’t expect to hear about their road trip. Bustled with excitement, the road trip always seems to take longer than anticipated. Traveling with kids? We’re sure you’re used to the classic, “ARE WE THERE YET?!” We don’t even think we’re crazy to suggest that some adults may have slipped this phrase now and then. And finally, as the vacation comes to a close and you’re all packed up you’ll think, “Do we really have to go now?” That’s the drive home that no one is ready for.

It’s time to enjoy the road trip too.

We get it. When compared to the vacation itself, it’s hard to compete. But as fall begins in Wisconsin, we want to change this mentality. Sure, biking the scenic trails of Wisconsin, visiting an apple orchard, enjoying autumn inspired events and other fun activities may trump the “drive time.” Yet, we can say that this colorful drive will be something to enjoy.

Don’t dread the travel time! It’s time to enjoy the colorful drive to your next vacation destination. It’s not too late to book your perfect Wisconsin vacation property. And where can you turn to find that? We’ve got you covered. Search over 700 Wisconsin vacation rentals & book directly with the property owners to save.

Wisconsin, Fall, Colorful, Road trip, Driving, Autumn

For those of you looking for a Wisconsin color report, we recommend using the Department of Tourism’s Fall Color Report tool – it’s pretty neat. 

Wisconsin Vacation Rentals Near Chicago

Escape the city life of Chicago with an easy drive north to Wisconsin. Looking for a relaxing weekend getaway? Avoid the long waits in the airport lobby and full-day of travels. Here are a few awesome Wisconsin vacation rentals that are under two hours from Chicago.

Properties For Rent in Wisconsin That Are Near Chicago:

Cabin Wisconsin: Sunrise Chalet on Lake Mary
You’ll love the easter views of Lake Mary at this private vacation rental. The Twin Lakes, Wisconsin area offers a variety of recreational activities suitable for all ages. At the home, enjoy the spacious deck overlooking the water, large backyard, and private pier. End your evenings around the campfire roasting s’mores and sharing memories. The property includes three bedrooms and accommodate groups of eight.

Lake, Cabin, Wisconsin

Ivy Cottage on Lower Spring Lake
Escape the city life at this quaint cottage on the lake, in the heart of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. The vacation cottage sleeps 5 and is pet friendly! By the waterfront, you’ll find the large L shaped dock and a pontoon available for rent. During the cooler months, cozy up by the gas log fireplace.

IvyCottage, Wisconsin, Cabin

Kettle Moraine Farmhouse: Country Retreat on the Kettle Moraine State Forest
Here’s the perfect destination for any nature lover out there. The vacation home is just across the street from trails, awesome for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and more. Located in Whitewater, the rental has three bedrooms and can accommodate groups up to ten.

Wisconsin, vacation rental

McIntyre’s Resort: Rustic Cabin 1 on Turtle Lake
Escape the hustle and bustle at this lakeside vacation cabin in Delavan, Wisconsin. This efficiency cabin includes modern amenities to make your stay comfortable, but still highlights the unique vacation experience in Wisconsin. Plus, with your rental comes a row boat to explore Turtle Lake.

Lake, Wisconsin

 

Pet Friendly Wisconsin Vacation Rentals

Pets are part of the family; why not bring them along on vacation?

Over the last few years, our team has noticed a huge spike in interest for vacationing with pets. Enhance your next vacation and bring your furry friend along for the trip! Renting a Wisconsin cabin, cottage, or home is the perfect opportunity to bring your pet along. RentWisconsinCabins.com is here to help plan your next vacation – we currently list 270 rental properties that are pet friendly!! From water front properties to awesome pet friendly nature trails – bringing your pet can only enhance your vacation experience.

Doggy paddle – the first swim stroke that young children learn. Just as vacationers love to splash in the water to cool off, so do our furry friends. This has become so popular that there are life vests for dogs! Enjoy a typical Wisconsin experience by the lake with your pup. Many of the vacation rentals in Wisconsin are near a variety of trails for you to enjoy. Did you know that Wisconsin State Parks allow pets? Yes!

3 pet friendly Wisconsin rental ideas:

Cabin Wisconsin: Sunrise Chalet in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin
Pet friendly, on Lake Mary, 3 miles from Warren Close Dog Park, private pier, outdoor seating, hammock, gas grill, nature trails, and more.

Hilgart Realty – Up North Vacation Lodging: Loon Landing in Park Falls, Wisconsin
Pet friendly, on Schnur Lake, near Chequanmegon National Forest which is dog-friendly, screened-in porch, awesome fishing, and more.

Wegier Cabin in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin
Pet friendly, on Big Round Lake, near Straight Lake State Park which is dog-friendly, gorgeous lake views, private fire-pit, various nature trails, unique shops, nearby restaurants, and more.

267 more pet friendly vacation rentals can be found on RentWisconsinCabins.com.

Dog on vacation in the lake

Don’t let your pet miss your next Wisconsin vacation experience; bring them along!

Traveling On a Budget, It Can Be Done

Memorable Vacation Experiences Without a Huge Price Tag

  1. Vacation Properties vs. Hotels
    Opt for vacation properties, not overpriced hotels. For longer trips, vacationers can expect to pay less when renting cabins, cottages, lodges, and homes. Plus these properties offer amenities that hotels can’t offer: full kitchens, washer/dryer, ample space, and fantastic locations.
  2. Budget for your vacation
    Once you decide that you want to take a vacation, financially plan for it. Take a small amount out of each paycheck, then plan how you wish to allocate your savings. The goal is to not be surprised — plan ahead and research some pricing prior to your vacation.
  3. Avoid traveling during the peak-season
    Many people look to vacation during the peak travel weeks, for Wisconsin that can be in both the summer and winter. But vacationer interest means more competitive pricing. Avoid that and book your vacation during the shoulder season.
  4. You don’t have to a lot pay to have a great vacation experience
    Stop having the mindset that every great activity costs a lot of money — that’s a hoax. Instead, look for properties that are near affordable attractions that interest you.

    • Love to bike? Many of the vacation properties are near popular bike paths.
    • End your evening around a campfire with your friends and family. Share stories around the crackling fire or make dinner over the flame. This Wisconsin tradition is so popular that many properties include a firepit with the rental, you’ll just need to supply the firewood and snacks!
    • If you enjoy shopping at unique shops and checking out local restaurants, search for vacation properties that offer that small-town-charm. You can spend an entire afternoon exploring the area.
    • How could we forget about Wisconsin’s lakefront properties. Step right outside your door for an entire day of fun.
  5. Take advantage of the property’s kitchen and/or grill
    We’re aren’t saying that you shouldn’t eat out on vacation — heck we encourage some indulgence. Instead, do both. Take a trip to the local grocery store; then pack a picnic for an afternoon or spend an evening grilling out. Going out to eat is never your only option with a vacation cabin, cottage, lodge, or home.

Everyone deserves a vacation here and there! Use RentWisconsinCabins.com to start your search — travel on!

Other Popular Wisconsin vacation destinations:

    Eagle River          |          Hayward         |         Wisconsin Dells

Things to Look For to Get What You Want in a Vacation Rental

Don’t Be Surprised…Ask the Right Questions

  1. Photos — Look for properties with great photos of the interior and exterior that help you envision the vacation property. If the property states that there are 4 bedrooms and you only see photos of 2, ask for more! Don’t let yourself be surprised when you show up to your rented vacation property…you should have a pretty clear idea of what to expect beforehand.
  2. Details — Some property owners include fantastic descriptions about their vacation properties. You’ll want to get a pretty good idea of the layout of the home, any unique features, and area activities beforehand. Property owners love to put on their tour guide hat, just ask for more information!
  3. Location — Many vacationers are looking for a specific vacation setting when traveling. For example, a WI traveler may search for properties on a lake or snowmobile trail. It is important to distinguish what an owner defines as “Near the Lake” or “On a Snowmobile Trail.” If you are not finding clear answers regarding the proximity of the rental to whatever setting you are searching for…ASK.
  4. Configuration — Included in many of the owners detail sections is how they accommodate their guests. If the property sleeps 6, find out how the property does that – what are the bed sizes, are some of the beds sleeper sofas?
  5. Pet Friendly — Over a third of the vacation rentals on RentWisconsinCabins.com are pet friendly, but it is important to distinguish what exactly this means. Some vacation properties welcome all pets and have huge yards to accommodate them. Other rentals may apply a small fee for pets or  only accept smaller animals. If you plan to travel with a pet, make sure to figure out exactly what the vacation owner means by “Pet Friendly.”
  6. What to Bring — Don’t forget about the basics. What’s included in the kitchen and what linens (if any) need to be brought? Then think about the specific amenities that your vacation rental offers.
    • If the property is on water …Do you need to bring life jackets?
    • If there is an outdoor firepit …Do you need to bring wood or a fire fork to cook s’mores & hotdogs?
    • If the property has a washer/dryer …Do you need to bring detergent?
  7. Communication — It used to be that a vacation would cut off your communication with the outside world. Nowadays, staying in contact via internet and cell phones is very important to some vacationers. Cell phone coverage greatly varies between various vacation properties and it may be worth your time to ask if you’re concerned.
  8. Cleaning — Ask the owners if you’re expected to clean at the end or beginning of your stay. Many properties do this for you, but may apply a cleaning fee. Because each property is different, ask beforehand so there are no surprises.
  9. Extra Guests — Many vacation properties base their pricing on the number of people staying at the property. Look for specifications as to how many guests the property sleeps and if there are extra surcharges associated with extra guests. Don’t let hidden fees surprise you, get all the information from the start.
  10. Questions — If you have questions, don’t hesitate to call or send an email.