Some people think we are crazy while others seem to be slightly envious. But regardless of what others say, we knew what we wanted. We spent numerous hours discussing how to make the apartment a wonderful place for people to visit. Pulling from our past travel experiences, we tried to think of everything that people on holiday would need to make them comfortable. We decorated it tastefully and provided a welcoming environment for people, in hopes that they would absolutely love the place and plan to visit again.
Once we had everything set up and services in place, we posted ads on various popular vacation rental websites and then….we waited. We didn’t know what to expect. Our hopes were that we would maybe begin to see bookings for April or May but our real target was actually for July, August and September.
Within a few weeks we had our first booking for March from a lovely couple who was travelling from Texas in the U.S. And then from there it really picked up and very quickly we had several consecutive bookings from the end of February to the end of March. Woo hoo! We were excited to see people coming from all parts of the world. Our first guests travelled from India, followed by families from Russia, Spain and Germany!
Today we don’t know what to say other than “wow” – we really can’t believe how things are shaping up. All of a sudden we have bookings for April and May, and are looking forward to welcoming people from Ireland, Australia and the U.S. And reaching forward to the summer, we have a French family staying for two weeks in August.
Each day we look with anticipation to see if we have new inquiries. We love to see the new notifications and answer people’s questions about the location, things to do in the area and specifics about the apartment. We have received great feedback from our guests and heartfelt thanks as we attempt to make every experience a personal and memorable one.
It is so rewarding to see this project coming together. We planned, we researched, we made very deliberate decisions and now it is all going exactly as planned and even earlier than anticipated. The gamble is paying off and now each day we can’t wait to see who we will interact with next! We’ll keep you posted as things continue to progress.