Airbnb Hosts: Don’t Fall For ‘Price Suggestions’

Airbnb Hosts: Don’t Fall For ‘Price Suggestions’

I have just realised – belatedly, I know – that there are some Airbnb hosts who actually pay attention to the somewhat ludicrous ‘price suggestions’ that Airbnb email to them or show them in the sidebar when they are adjusting their calendar....
Svaneke Water Tower, Bornholm Island

Svaneke Water Tower, Bornholm Island

Bornholm is a pretty special island (as you’ll see in the video below) and one of the most picturesque places on the island is Svaneke. It’s popular with travellers and there’s plenty to occupy you when you visit. But for architecture fans, a side...
Visiting London. Bounds Green Tube Station

Visiting London. Bounds Green Tube Station

There are so many fascinating buildings in London, For travellers interested in architecture, London is without doubt a feast. But among the important, historical and ancient, there are buildings and structures that have stories to tell about relatively recent times...
Oh, Those Airbnb Horror Stories!

Oh, Those Airbnb Horror Stories!

From time to time, you’ll find them on the internet – those horror stories about Airbnb guests. Or sometimes about Airbnb hosts. Well, do you know how many people stayed in Airbnb accommodation last night? Or how many will tonight? Or tomorrow night?...
Visiting the UK: Afternoon Tea

Visiting the UK: Afternoon Tea

One of the traditions that many visitors to the UK decide to enjoy is afternoon tea. Afternoon tea is served throughout the country at hotels and fine tearooms. One example in Yorkshire is the small chain, Betty’s Café – see the map below. The first thing...
Sur le Pont d’Avignon

Sur le Pont d’Avignon

Did you learn the song at school too? All the time I was singing it, totally learned by rote of course – it never occurred to me that there really was a ‘pont’ at Avignon. But there is and look at that photograph – rather gorgeous, isn’t...
Visiting the USA: Is The Tap Water Okay To Drink?

Visiting the USA: Is The Tap Water Okay To Drink?

We are often asked this question by people who are coming to the USA from other countries – countries where the residents have never even considered whether their tap water is safe. In countries in Europe, we tend to take our tasty safe water for granted. If we...
Grüne Zitadelle, Magdeburg, Germany

Grüne Zitadelle, Magdeburg, Germany

Although its name suggests otherwise, The Green Citadel in Magdeburg isn’t green. It’s pink. With splashes of red, yellow and bright primary colours. It was designed by Austrian architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser and is just one of the excellent reasons...
St Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff: The Prefab

St Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff: The Prefab

St Fagans National Museum of History in Wales has many outside exhibits that are either original historical buildings or, in the case of the Iron Age roundhouses, replicas of ancient structures. So it might surprise you to know that one of the most fascinating...
Ten Ways to be a Really Bad Airbnb Guest!

Ten Ways to be a Really Bad Airbnb Guest!

Thinking about using Airbnb or a similar short-term rental service? Well here’s how to really piss off your host. If you’re looking for bad reviews and a definite thumbs down (meaning you’ll have a hard time renting from that service again) then just...
MoMath – in Manhattan

MoMath – in Manhattan

For people of my generation anyway, if we were asked the question ‘what subject did you really dislike at school’ then many of us would have the same answer. Mathematics! I don’t really know why that is but I have an idea. Could it be that it was...
Ureddplassen, Norway: The Loveliest Loo

Ureddplassen, Norway: The Loveliest Loo

You’re driving along one of the most scenic routes in Norway. The views are breathtaking. But, as is often the case on road trips, you feel that it’s time for a rest stop. Actually, you need the loo. And what better place to stop that the place you see in...
Visiting the UK: White Swan Hotel, Alnwick

Visiting the UK: White Swan Hotel, Alnwick

The sub-title for this article could be ‘Dine in the Olympic’ – except the word ‘Olympic’ could be crossed out and the word ‘Titanic’ substituted. But I’m getting ahead of myself… I’ll get back to that in a...
Why The Traveller Needs To Know About Mark Smith

Why The Traveller Needs To Know About Mark Smith

Why do we so often hear or read that people find travel stressful?  Mainly I think because people are really referring to how stressful the airport is and the whole rigmarole of air travel. So why do you need to know about Mark? Because of his fantastic website....
Isokon, Lawn Road Flats: London

Isokon, Lawn Road Flats: London

Built in 1934, this modernist building housing small but efficient (and wonderfully designed) apartments became popular with its inhabitants – and those inhabitants included artists, designers, writers, architects … and even spies. Today the building is...
What’s In Your Happy Guest Kit?

What’s In Your Happy Guest Kit?

You’ve allowed for just about everything your guests will need when they’re staying at your Airbnb or rental. There’s the first aid kit, you supply toiletries, a fire extinguisher is on hand, there are board games for rainy days, towels to take to...
Best Budget Dining: A Picnic

Best Budget Dining: A Picnic

Now I’m not saying this to be snooty or seem to be swanky but I’ve been in some pretty posh restaurants in my time. And what’s crazy is that I would honestly rather have a picnic in gorgeous countryside / on the beach / in a Mediterranean village...
Fiat Tagliero Building, Asmara, Eritrea

Fiat Tagliero Building, Asmara, Eritrea

You could describe Asmara as a tiny chunk of early twentieth century Italy, right there in Africa – close to the Red Sea. Why Italy? Italy occupied Eritrea for many years and during the Mussolini days, modern architects were encouraged to travel there to create...
The Glacier Express, Switzerland

The Glacier Express, Switzerland

One of the world’s most scenic railways, the Glacier Express, is a trip that should certainly be on your list. It travels through mountain terrain, encountering bridges, tunnels and viaducts, meanders through picturesque villages and offers panoramic views for a...
Airbnb Hosts: The Lost Art of Conversation

Airbnb Hosts: The Lost Art of Conversation

Have we lost the habit of conversation? It really wouldn’t surprise me if we have. After all, today we are more accustomed to our conversations and interactions with others being by text, email, Snapchat, What’s App, Instagram… And for the older...
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