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Adventure Travel With Airbnb

Adventure Travel With Airbnb

Now before I even start to tell you about the new offerings from Airbnb, I want to make it abundantly clear that these adventures are for anyone. You don't have to be 25 years old and a fit gym rat. You don't have to be in the first flush of youth.Yes, there are...

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Riverside Hotel, Fort Lauderdale: Dining App

Riverside Hotel, Fort Lauderdale: Dining App

Just because a hotel is a historic one - and the Riverside Hotel in Fort Lauderdale was founded way back in 1936 - it doesn't mean that it isn't bang up to date in many ways. Although the Riverside has plenty of wonderful original features, it offers all the...

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Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines, Moscow

I enjoy some of the bizarre museums that exist these days but this must be one of the most specific. It houses arcade machines that were made in the Soviet Union in the mid-1970s - so about forty years ago. Many of the machines were restored having been found...

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Divided By A Common Language: Swearing

The internet tells me, with quiet authority, that in the state of Virginia it is illegal to swear in public. Goodness. (Of course, being English, I wasn't intending to say 'goodness' but just in case any Virginians are reading...)It's another one of those 'divided by...

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Museum of Romani Culture, Brno, Czech Republic

Human rights is an issue that has been sneaking into our society so gradually that we tend to think that the days of persecution and prejudice are a thing of the past. People in our society who stereotype or speak ill of an ethnic group are viewed with distaste and...

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Airbnb and Skymiles

Just a quick post, this one.But did you know that Airbnb and Delta Airlines have a reciprocal system whereby you can earn air miles on your Airbnb stay? Neither did I until recently which is why I'm letting you know about this.Apparently, this has been in effect for a...

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Leadenhall Market, London

The location scouts looking for fantastic places to make part of the Harry Potter films probably were delighted to find Leadenhall Market. It was featured quite a few times in the movie series - just take a look at the photographs and the video below and you can see...

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What Is Flygskam?

Flygskam is yet another wonderful word that has arrived from Sweden. It translates to 'flying shame' and that's a phenomenon that is increasing all the time in Europe. (And I use the description 'Europe' quite loosely meaning 'everything on the other side of the...

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What’s Included In A Resort Fee?

It's a practice that has, thank goodness, been declining in the last few years. However, there are still hotels out there (and especially, I have to say in the USA) that charge resort fees to their guests. These fees are usually charged per night, per room and can add...

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San Servolo in the Venetian Lagoon

San Servolo was once known, eerily, as 'the island of the mad'. This is because for many years it was an asylum for the insane. Before that, it was a monastery and during that time, the monks were joined by nuns who were escaping from a dramatic seaquake. It then...

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The Watergate Hotel

Of course, events that seem to be relatively recent to me happened a long time before a lot of people who are reading this were even born. It might be that some have never even heard about the famous scandal that took place as long ago as the early nineteen-seventies....

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Hosts: Are You A Host or a Cop?

And I know that seems like a silly question but increasingly, people who run STR accommodation have come to the conclusion - erroneously - that every guest misdemeanor can be solved by creating a 'house rule' about it.You know the sort of thing; no shoes in the house,...

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Easterlin Park, Fort Lauderdale

It's only a short drive from the beach. And when you approach Easterlin Park you'll wonder where on earth you are going. You'll drive along a built-up road and underneath the busy I95. Surely there can't be an area of parkland in this very urban setting? But yes, as...

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Tired Of Hosting & Ready For A Roommate?

Quite a few people who have been renting out rooms in their home through Airbnb have become a little disillusioned with it. Why? Well, not because there's anything wrong with the short term rental business - I absolutely love it - but it is hard work. Unless a host...

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