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Episode 39: Coco McGrath Shows You the World

If you thought travel agents are dead, don’t say that around Coco McGrath. She’s a new breed of travel agent – more a travel consultant, armed with a lifetime of experience in travel and powerful new platforms to help people research, explore, and book their travel options.

While Coco helps clients book travel by land, air and sea – her specialty is cruising. Cruising is a whole travel world unto itself, with a cruise for every lifestyle – families with kids, singles, LGBTQ, retirees, vegan, carnivore – you name it, and the industry has a cruise for you, to all points on the globe, in a wide arrange of price ranges.

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Cruises by Coco phone #: 831-539-5399

Episode 31: Alicia Heber with the One-Stop-Shop for Vacation Rental Management

Alicia Heber works with Vacasa.com, and their mission statement is succinct:  “Vacation Rentals Made Easy.”  If you know anything about vacation rental management, you understand that there’s not much that’s truly easy about it.  Which is what makes Vacasa such an interesting business.  Their mission is to make it easy to own and operate a vacation rental.  Vacasa takes all the grunt work out of the business, so that when you own a vacation rental, you’ll be able to spend a whole lot more time enjoying it versus worrying about keeping the vacation rental part of the equation humming along.

Vacasa also has a very interesting value proposition:  they say they’ll make you more money using them versus managing the property on your own, or having it managed by any other vacation rental management company.  Actually, they guarantee it, with money back to you from their management fee if they are not able to deliver more net proceeds to the vacation rental owner.

How do they do that?  I gather from my conversation with Alicia that they use a proprietary algorithm to make sure that all the rentals they manage are priced just exactly right to keep them occupied at the highest dollar possible.  And that’s the key – instead of guessing how much you should be charging on any given day, Vacasa employs a finely tuned algorithm to dynamically update the rental fee, across all the different platforms they list the rental on – AirBNB, VRBO, FlipKey, etc.  And not only do they keep the property occupied and money flowing to you, they also take care of all the little details that make running a vacation rental so time consuming.

If you own a vacation rental, or if you’re thinking about buying one, you’ll definitely want to hear what Alicia Heber of Vacasa has to say!

Episode 10: Santa Cruz County Greenway Presentation

Listen to a presentation by Santa Cruz County Greenway about their vision for the future use of the Santa Cruz Branch Line Rail Corridor.  The rail corridor is a 32 mile stretch of track that runs from Davenport in the north of the county all the way to Watsonville in the south.  The corridor is very scenic and runs through many communities in Santa Cruz, including the city of Santa Cruz, Live Oak, Capitola, Aptos, and La Selva Beach.  Santa Cruz County Greenway is promoting a vision of the rail corridor as a linear park, used by pedestrians and bicyclists to get around the county.  This is in contrast to the plan promoted by the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission, which wants to establish passenger rail service on the corridor with a pedestrian and bike path on the side.  Listen to the presentation and make up your own mind about how to best use this priceless asset.

Video of the Santa Cruz County Greenway Presentation

As you can see from watching the video of the presentation, the event was well attended – standing room only. There is enormous interest in the future use of the Santa Cruz Branch Line rail corridor. While many people in the community support passenger rail service when it makes sense, many folks feel that it is not the right fit for the Santa Cruz community.