Using Twitter to Rent an Outer Banks Vacation Home

Posted on July 28, 2009

It’s no secret people are turning to the Internet to plan vacations and reserve lodging. Travelers looking forward to a trip to the Outer Banks especially need to act quickly in order to secure a nice vacation rental near the beach, and the Web is a great resource for previewing available cottages and rooms. However, even in this digital age the Web moves only so fast – where real time is concerned, one needs more immediacy in planning. Using social media networks like Twitter are good for planning a great vacation.

Why use Twitter to find relevant information for your destination? With an estimated 200 million visits a month, Twitter is gaining on Google as the go-to place for news and updates, and travel companies have caught on. It isn’t unusual to see convention and visitors bureaus, bed and breakfast inns, and other travel related organizations using this social platform to reach visitors and drive traffic to main websites. One advantage of following a particular account is receiving updated news and discounts one may not normally find elsewhere. Twitter provides a sense of real-time to planning a vacation – if used correctly, a vacation rental broker can inform you of availabilities and specials on specific locations, thereby helping you decide exactly where you can stay while on your trip.

For the Outer Banks especially, this is a great tool to use to help secure accommodations before everything is occupied. Browsing other accounts, too, will give you an idea of events happening in the area and good places to eat.

Which are the best profiles to follow? Here are a few that could be helpful in planning your Outer Banks stay. Simply plug each account name after Twitter’s URL in your browser to call up each profile.

  • obxvacation
  • currituckcounty
  • SeasideVacation
  • TwiddyOBX

With each account you’ll find helpful links and news for your trip. Using Twitter’s search page, too, is another good suggestion for finding specifics on events and activities for enhancing your Outer Banks vacation. Search wisely, and enjoy your stay!

Kathryn Lively is a freelance writer specializing in articles on Outer Banks vacations and St. Augustine vacations.

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