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1 Feb 2021
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Online travel agencies or OTAs, and more specifically Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway, and, have grown in popularity for booking travel accommodations. The problem is that many travel consumers using these products are unaware of the pitfalls associated with booking a vacation rental through these large, corporate third-party channels.

The COVID-19 global pandemic has changed much about how we travel and where we stay, at least for the time being. The pandemic brought with it a boom of new travelers interested in vacation rentals (due to fully equipped kitchens, privacy, and guest control). Unfortunately, many of these newer vacation renters don’t yet know what returning guests and frequent vacation rental guests do. While online travel agencies can provide convenience and instant bookings, they are not able to offer the best prices, the best properties, and the best local insight.

For that you'll want to book directly with local vacation rental companies, like Life in Paradise.


  1. You'll Avoid Hidden Fees - OTAs charge substantial fees to use their sites and that cost is passed off to the guest. Make your hard-earned mullah go further and book direct with a local vacation rental company.

  2. You Have More Accommodation Types & Options - Many of the best (and most exclusive) homes are not listed on OTA websites. Some owners prefer to not be listed on OTA sites due to the aforementioned fees, so you're not truly seeing the full depth of options if you're only looking on OTA sites.

  3. You Can Easily Communicate Reservation Customizations or Changes - Life in Paradise managers can customize or change reservations based on dates or budgets to fit their needs. With OTAs you’ll often have to cancel a reservation and start all over again.

  4. You Have Access to Local Knowledge - Life in Paradise managers know the properties and the Port Aransas and Corpus Christi area better than anyone and can help match guests with homes based on what local attractions or activities they want to experience. There’s someone to call for expert advice and recommendations.

  5. You Can Enjoy Exclusive Promotions & Discounts - Life in Paradise list special offers that cannot be found on the big websites. Subscribing to our email list ensures you'll get these discounts delivered straight to your inbox. No need to go searching for deals on your Port Aransas vacation.

  6. You can Expect A Better, Personalized Experience - Guests with special requests or needs can work directly with a Life in Paradise manager to curate a much more personalized vacation.