Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland

Did you know that at one time, salt was an amazingly valuable commodity? They say that in days gone by, salt was more valuable than diamonds. And just like diamonds, salt was traditionally mined from the ground. Visiting a salt mine might not sound like one of the...
Nap Cafes: Daft or Essential?

Nap Cafes: Daft or Essential?

As a general rule, I’m usually in favour of new things. I know that’s a bit of a generalisation but what I mean is that I like change and I enjoy seeing innovations. But the current trend towards nap cafés hasn’t really caught on in my brain. These,...
Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris

Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris

Writers, artists, politicians, entertainers … even a well-known fertility symbol are all together in 110 acres in Paris. From Jim Morrison to Oscar Wilde, from Edith Piaf to Maria Callas you can visit them all, or their graves, at any rate, completely free of...
Hosts: Dealing With Guests Who Smoke

Hosts: Dealing With Guests Who Smoke

Yes, I know that today smoking a cigarette, pipe or cigar can be classed as the eighth deadly sin. I am also aware that the last cigarette I smoked, after what seemed to be a lifetime of the habit, was in June 2017. So I’m an ex-smoker. But I’m not one of...
Hotel: Gran Hotel Bolivar, Lima

Hotel: Gran Hotel Bolivar, Lima

This grand hotel was built in 1924 and was the first custom-built hotel in Lima.  It was designed with luxury in mind. It was intended to provide accommodation for heads of state, the rich and the famous. And it did exactly that. But over the years its maintenance has...
Be The Star Worker For Your Local Airbnbs

Be The Star Worker For Your Local Airbnbs

You’re wrong. There is a purpose to this article. Other than, that is, an excuse to post a photograph of a rather hunky chap. That’s a pretty good reason in itself of course, but the real reason behind this article is to encourage local repair people,...
Bring Your Bike To Fort Lauderdale (Or Rent When You Get Here)

Bring Your Bike To Fort Lauderdale (Or Rent When You Get Here)

Fort Lauderdale is justifiably proud of the parks and scenic trails and routes it offers for the cyclist. And more and more people are choosing to get around using pedal power rather than less ecological modes of transport. We’ve found that guests who are...
Bedale, North Yorkshire

Bedale, North Yorkshire

When you visit the market town of Bedale in North Yorkshire be sure to visit the building in the photograph above. Take a selfie of you and it and ask your friends if they can guess what in earth this tiny house’s original purpose was. It was built in the early...
Airbnb Hosts: How is Your Listing Doing in the Search Results?

Airbnb Hosts: How is Your Listing Doing in the Search Results?

Since the last century, I have been explaining to clients that there is more nonsense written on the internet about search engines than any other subject. And in recent years, this has extended to the search facility on the Airbnb website. There is so much...
Divided by a Common Language: The Humble Potato

Divided by a Common Language: The Humble Potato

A great example of the United States and Great Britain being ‘two countries divided by a common language’ is to be found when dining. That is the humble potato. Sure, in the UK and in the USA a potato is a potato (and no, the English do not pronounce it...
Guatapé, Colombia

Guatapé, Colombia

No-one today really seems to know why the buildings of Guatape are painted in such wonderful colours. Or why they tend to feature brightly coloured murals at the bottom couple of feet of the walls. However, the result is spectacular. The lower level murals, which...
AIR Studios, Montserrat

AIR Studios, Montserrat

It was a matter that was debated at the time, but in recent years it’s pretty well known that the musical phenomenon that was The Beatles would not have had the quality of music that was created without the person who was referred to as ‘the Fifth...
Sleeping at the Airport. Yes or No?

Sleeping at the Airport. Yes or No?

So, what are we supposed to do when we have a few hours between connecting flights? You know the sort of thing I mean – when the time isn’t long enough to justify the expense of a hotel room but it’s simply too long to sit around drinking expensive...
Shingo, Japan: The Grave of Jesus Christ

Shingo, Japan: The Grave of Jesus Christ

My mum sent me to Sunday school when I was very small. You might have had a similar experience. And although I can’t claim that my education in religious matters was very thorough, I am pretty sure that I was never told that Jesus Christ wasn’t really...
New Host Question: Why Isn’t My Listing in Search Results?

New Host Question: Why Isn’t My Listing in Search Results?

Several times a week – no, many times a week – new Airbnb hosts post on forums with some variation of the following message: ‘Help! I tried to search for my listing on Airbnb and it’s just not showing up! What should I do?’ Actually,...
251 Menlove Avenue, Liverpool

251 Menlove Avenue, Liverpool

Back in those days, no-one ever thought that this ordinary suburban semi-detached house on the outskirts of Liverpool would one day become a museum. Some would even call it a shrine. One of the strangest musical phenomena in living memory was that of The Beatles, a...
Caminito del Rey, Spain

Caminito del Rey, Spain

If you’re not fond of heights then El Caminito del Rey is somewhere that you really shouldn’t go. But if heights don’t bother you, or if you enjoy being scared out of your wits then this scary hike is definitely for you. The walkway runs alongside...
London: Handel & Hendrix

London: Handel & Hendrix

Well, here we have two very different musicians. One, in recent memory, lived in the twentieth century. The other in the eighteenth. But surprisingly, only a wall separated their living quarters. George Handel lived at 25 Brook Street in Mayfair. Two hundred years...
Tipping. What a Rigmarole!

Tipping. What a Rigmarole!

Tipping. That should be pretty simple, right? After all, it’s not rocket science. (As they say). I live in the USA these days although I’m originally from the other side of the pond and over the years, I’ve become quite accustomed to the USA tipping...
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