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Meet Carol Murray of Your Vacation Home

Today we’d like to introduce you to Carol Murray.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Carol. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started renting Villas, Houses and Apartments in Europe to Canadian and American Travellers when I worked as the General Manager for Vacances Provencales Vacations in Toronto. We also had an office in Chicago. I worked there from 1990 to 2000 and those were the days when there was no internet so nobody knew how to book rentals in Europe… People didn’t even know that it was possible to do so. We spent a lot of our time educating the public about it. We would fax the owners in Europe and wait for a response and people would wait! We had a booming business.

In the Year 2000, the owners sold the business so I created “Your Vacation Home”. We are registered under a Canadian travel and tour company license based in Ontario. Since 2009 I have lived in Long Beach, CA and run the company from my home office here. I still work with some of the original owners and suppliers that I had 28 years ago! We consider ourselves experts at European home rentals as well as European Vacations in General.

In addition to Vacation rentals, we can craft unique custom vacations all over Europe that are culturally immersive and enriched. From Vacation rentals to small group tours, to River Cruises, and small ship cruises to custom packaged vacations. We design luxurious trips from A to Z saving the client valuable time, money and stress!

Has it been a smooth road?
One struggle has been the advent of the internet since no longer were we the “holders” of rental inventory in Europe. It made it so people are able to book their own properties online if they choose to do so. However, the pitfall is that the advent of the internet has also made the choices available online endless. It takes an average of 17 hours per 2 week trip of research to put it all together. Thankfully many of our busy professional clients do not have that kind of time to put into it and realize it is not their area of expertise. Then they hand their whole trip over to us – the experts!

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Your Vacation Home – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
We design culturally immersive trips in Europe and the Caribbean for busy professionals who wish to re-connect with themselves and their loved ones in amazing places. We specialize in Villa, House and apartment rentals in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal the U.K and Ireland as well as Amsterdam, Prague, Croatia and Greece, as well as 35 Caribbean countries.

We also have packaged vacations and custom vacation packages all over Europe as well as River Boat Cruises in Europe and Small ship cruises throughout the world. Included in a vacation rental is help with itineraries, car rentals, hotel reservations, insurance – complete vacations! People often ask “how do you compete with Airbnb? We don’t at all since booking with them still means you have to still design, plan and organize ALL the details of your trip yourself! How do you know “what” you are getting?

What sets us apart is that we know the people we are booking with overseas and you get personal service with us. We are passionate about each and every trip and care about our clients having the best experience possible! We listen to your needs and deliver a great vacation experience so that you will come back again and again!

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
What I like best about L.A and it’s surrounding area is that there is so much to see and do that is very interesting and enjoyable. There is a myriad of restaurants, venues, scenery to be enjoyed! What I like least about the city is the traffic. You really have to plan when and how you are getting somewhere in order to minimize the amount of time you will spend in it.

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