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That Pesky Airbnb Cleaning Fee…
One of the huge (I know that sounds silly) debates regarding Airbnb hosts is that most charge a cleaning fee. Crazy, eh?"Hotels don't charge a cleaning fee" say grumpy guests. "My cleaning fee doesn't even cover the cost of my cleaner" say disgruntled hosts.Some hosts...read more
Mallory Park: Motorsport Statues
Mallory Park in Leicestershire is well-known as a racing circuit. And a favourite experience for visitors is to attend one of the frequent track events where you'll be taught by a professional racing driver how to handle a supercar around the 1.35-mile track. That's...read more
STR Hosts: Confirmation Bias?
If you're a host specialising in short-term rentals, because of today's media it's likely that you are affected by confirmation bias. We all are to some extent. Those who write for the media just love to publish articles on the web about how very terrible short-term...read more
London Canal Museum
Main image courtesy of Ell Brown I've written often suggesting that visitors to the UK venture beyond the usual London tourist traps. But if you are in London, the Canal Museum is a great place to visit. The UK was the first country in the world to have a nationwide...read more
The Mille Miglia, Alfonso Portago and the Kiss of Death
The Lombardy region in Northern Italy is a fabulous place to visit - and still so very Italian. If you're visiting the area I have a great, albeit sad little story for you to bore entertain your companions. The story dates from 1957 and the list of characters includes...read more
Enforcing Rules in Your STR Rental
Quite a few STR hosts, those who advertise on online sites such as Airbnb or VRBO, are dismayed to find that their guests simply don't follow the rules. Many hosts have a quite extensive list of rules and regulations and some of these can be quite restricting. 'Quiet...read more
‘Interesting’ Icelandic Museum
An online thesaurus has 493 synonyms for the word 'penis'. You might be amazed by that. I am. (You can see them here ... if you like.) I admit that I found that many of them were completely unknown to me. But I bet that Sigurður Hjartarson is familiar with many.You...read more
Racing Circuits – Around the World
Just a quick informative one... Some people have no idea just how much entertainment there is to be had at racing circuits. There is so much more to racing tracks than the high-profile stuff you're likely to see on the television.Spectators can watch single-seater...read more
Bartolomeu de Gusmão Airport
Image credit If you should ever find yourself in Rio de Janeiro, which sounds like a great idea to me, then travel about fifty miles to the west to Santa Cruz to visit a very eerie place.It could just be me, but I find airships remarkably spooky. I get the feeling...read more
The Wettest Place on Earth
I'm from England, now living in the USA, and I have to say that I have got rather tired over the years of people 'telling' me that it always rains in England. Or that in England, you never see a blue sky because it's always grey and raining. That's because it's just...read more
Abandoned anythings are spooky. Abandoned places that were once the scenes of fun and frolics are somehow even spookier. I'm thinking here about derelict funfairs or holiday camps. I get a bit weird and tend to imagine the ghostly sounds of laughing children. But...read more
Airbnb: Its Not a Dating App!
Of course, it isn't. You know it isn't. So why do so many hosts complain and/or comment on their guests' personalities and little foibles?One of the most frequent is that 'guests are so entitled these days'. Er, well, for me the fact that so many hosts require guests...read more
Hosts: This Laundry Business…
Short-term rental hosts often complain that they have had to throw away a sheet, pillowcase, towel or other items because of 'stains'. This can really cut into your bottom line very severely. The sheets and so on that I am using now were bought in 2015 (I'm writing...read more
“Well, No One’s Ever Complained”
Most people are just fine. Yes, there are a few weirdoes in the world and a few strange folks but if you operate a short-term rental you've no doubt found that most people are are perfectly fine human beings. This is why, more than likely, when I've heard hosts say...read more
Can I Take my Dog on the Plane?
That little dog in the picture is such a little sweetheart. But where were we? Can you take your dog on the plane when you travel? Come to that, can you take your cat? Your parrot? Your emotional support gerbil? It would be wonderful if there was a simple answer but...read more
Italian Cuisine: Cacio e Pepe
Here's another delicious and simple dish from Europe. If you're not able to travel to Rome these days - and not many people can - then you can at least create one of the city's most famous - and most easy to make - dishes at home. With just a few simple ingredients...read more
Visiting London: Necropolis
When you're visiting London and if you're strolling down Westminster Bridge Road, watch out for the building you see above. The architecture is pretty lovely of course. But it also has a rather unusual history It's close to Waterloo, The Houses of Parliament, various...read more
What3Words. For Airbnb Hosts & Travellers
If you're old like me, you might remember those huge paper maps that folded into a neat pocket size but could be the very devil to refold. Or even a map book. Or an A-Z. That was the way in the olden days that we found the places were were looking for. Or often, we...read more
Airbnb: Sorting Out This Co-Host Thing
Go to any STR forum or questions-and-answers setup, and you'll find that a common question is regarding co-hosts. When an owner has a property they want to rent out as a short term rental, but for whatever reason they can't take care of it themselves, they have a...read more
If You Ever Find Yourself At Barons Court…
... then here's a story to tell your companions. Baron's Court is a tube station in West Kensington, London. The building itself is intriguing. The station opened in 1905 and features a terracotta facade and that lovely Art Nouveau lettering. However, the story...read more
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