Five ways you could still escape to the warmth this holiday season

Every year, a few of my travel agency’s clients are shocked — shocked! — when I tell them the holidays are a busy time for travel. They assume everyone wants to be home with their families.

“Well,” I explain, “some people want to get away from their families.”
Read more “Five ways you could still escape to the warmth this holiday season”

Steve Barsh wants you to come to his condo in Lake Tahoe next weekend

What would you do if you had a three-bedroom condo all to yourself on the year’s busiest weekend in Park City, Utah? Steve Barsh decided to invite a few of his friends over. And he has a lot of friends. It took no time for Barsh, the chief executive of the vacation rental site PackLate.com, to fill the unit with a several virtual acquaintances. What happened next may become part of social media lore. I asked him to explain.

Let’s start with the rental. How did you end up with such a large unit?

I was in Park City skiing with some of PackLate’s investors. It was Sundance Film Festival and the cheapest hotel I could find was $600 per night.

So I turned to PackLate the day before check-in and got a great last-minute deal on a three-bedroom condo for $400 a night.

Nice. Most people would just say, “Ah, more room for me!” But not you. What were you thinking?

I walked in the door, looked around, and thought, “This is huge, but it’s a waste for just one person.”
Read more “Steve Barsh wants you to come to his condo in Lake Tahoe next weekend”