Until We All Belong

Until We All Belong

If you think that Airbnb is simply a website that puts travellers in touch with hosts, then their recent initiative might surprise you. It’s well known that the company has its favourite causes – for example, helping to provide accommodation for people who...
Visit the Source of the Hass Avocado

Visit the Source of the Hass Avocado

Unless you are seriously addicted to eating avocados, then I doubt that you’d travel thousands of miles to California just to see where the Hass avocado empire was born but if you’re local, or in the area, visiting this site will be a fabulous story to...
The Love Lock Tree of Beaulieu

The Love Lock Tree of Beaulieu

Love locks have a history that goes back to the First World War but the craze really started to take off in or around 2000. What is a love lock? A couple will purchase a padlock – normally of the common or garden variety – they scratch their initials on...
Disrupting the Travel Industry

Disrupting the Travel Industry

There are many articles about Airbnb on this site and the company is often described as being ‘the disrupters of the travel industry’. However, despite the articles about Airbnb here, this is not one of them. The major shake-up in the history of the...
Hosts: How to Manage Same-Day Turnovers

Hosts: How to Manage Same-Day Turnovers

If you hosts guests via Airbnb or a similar service then it might be that you avoid have a second set of guests arrive just hours after your last guests have left. After all, Airbnb suggests that checkout time is 10 am and check in time 3 pm. Some hosts baulk at the...
Hosts: The Pros & Cons of Keyless Entry

Hosts: The Pros & Cons of Keyless Entry

If you have a rental apartment or house that you list on Airbnb or a similar service, then no doubt at some times you will have considered the possibility of using a keyless entry system to allow your guests to check themselves in. But is this really a good idea?...
Airbnb Hosts: The House Tour

Airbnb Hosts: The House Tour

If you operate a short term rental, using Airbnb or a similar service, then it’s important to realise that greeting your guests and the house tour can be one of the most important aspects of your business. They say that you don’t get a second chance to...
Which Countries Offer Great Travel Deals?

Which Countries Offer Great Travel Deals?

Of course, if I were to give you now a list of the countries which offer the best value for international travellers, that list would soon be out of date. Somewhere that was a great deal a year ago might not be these days. One of the main reasons is the way that...
Hosts: How to Build Value for Your Rental

Hosts: How to Build Value for Your Rental

When they are considering renting out a room, suite or apartment on Airbnb, Homeaway et al, one of the first questions new hosts ask is ‘how much should I charge for my accommodation?’ The standard answer – which I disagree with – is to look at...
Indian Cookery Classes in the English Countryside

Indian Cookery Classes in the English Countryside

I hope it doesn’t seem strange to you that one of the most popular foodie experiences in England is that of learning how to create Indian dishes. Because for many years now, Indian food  has been the most popular cuisine in the UK. (Did you know that Queen...
The Most Popular Country for Tourism

The Most Popular Country for Tourism

What do you think? Which country is the most popular tourist destination in the world? Well, it’s not the United States although many people think that’s the answer to this question. In fact, the USA is in second place. But in first place — is...
Airbnb on ‘The Archers’

Airbnb on ‘The Archers’

Eddie and Clarrie Grundy are considering renting out rooms in their house using an online service such as Airbnb. Eddie has had to persuade Clarrie to do this as she will be the one who has to make the beds, clean and cook the breakfast. Clarrie has also been...
Airbnb: #weaccept

Airbnb: #weaccept

In February 2017, Airbnb released the video you see below. It was shown during the Superbowl and the text reads: “We believe no matter who you are, where you’re from, who you love or who you worship, we all belong. The world is more beautiful the more you...
Fly in a Spitfire: The Ultimate Adventure

Fly in a Spitfire: The Ultimate Adventure

This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for history buffs, aviation fans and those who are interested in the history of the Second World War. At time of writing, there are only eight of these iconic WW2 Spitfires TR9s still in existence and yes, you can experience a...
The Ultimate Vacuum Cleaner for your Vacation Rental

The Ultimate Vacuum Cleaner for your Vacation Rental

If you rent out a room or apartment on Airbnb or a similar service, I imagine that one of your biggest headaches is cleaning. I recently purchased the answer to my cleaning problems. Its the Dyson V6 cord-free vacuum. I never imagined that I’d get excited about...
Travel is Good For Your Health

Travel is Good For Your Health

Deep down, we all know which lifestyle choices are good for us. And many of us will admit that we know full well that we’re not living the healthiest life we can. We know that we should be eating better, getting more exercise – but the trouble is that life...
The Dragonfly Maze: Bourton-on-the-Water

The Dragonfly Maze: Bourton-on-the-Water

Bourton-on-the-Water is a village in Southern England – under a hundred miles from central London. Although the place is merely a village, there are several good reasons to visit but the one that excites me the most is the Dragonfly Maze, created by artist (and...
New Airbnb Hosts: Are You Really Ready?

New Airbnb Hosts: Are You Really Ready?

It’s a wonderful feeling. You’ve prepared your apartment or room in your home and made it ready for Airbnb guests. You’ve taken some lovely photographs of the place and uploaded them to your listing page. You’ve spent ages writing about your...
Airbnb: Stories from Real Hosts

Airbnb: Stories from Real Hosts

Are you considering renting out your spare room or other accommodation? Are you thinking about using Airbnb to advertise your rental? If so, then you’ve probably seen the videos that the company produces in order to show hosts what fun they can have entertaining...
The Gastrobus

The Gastrobus

Travel down a narrow lane from the village of Bantham in South Devon and you’ll find yourself at Bantham Beach – popular with surfers and families. This secluded beach is the home of the Gastrobus – and the food, music and events it offers. The...
What is Champing?

What is Champing?

You’ve heard of glamping, but what about champing? Well, before we get into the whys and wherefore, let me ask you a question.  Wouldn’t you like to stay in an historic, beautiful and tranquil building in the south of England? Your own private (large)...
EatWith: Dine Like a Local

EatWith: Dine Like a Local

Two of the joys of travel? Food and people. Many years ago I ran a discussion forum online and in one thread we were discussing our favourite travel memories. For so many of us, those special memories involved eating wonderful meals with new friends. When this was...
Stocking your Airbnb: The Bathroom

Stocking your Airbnb: The Bathroom

If you’re just starting out as an Airbnb host or if you’re an experienced host looking for the best products for your bathroom, then we’d like to introduce you to our favourite bathroom goods. Your bathroom is an important part of your guests’...
Jetsetter: Hotel Discount Travel Club

Jetsetter: Hotel Discount Travel Club

Have you heard about Jetsetter? It’s a completely free-to-join online travel club that offers its members some incredible deals on hotel accommodation throughout the world. Every day, new deals are added to the site offering great prices on various fabulous...
Airbnb Hosts: What to do When You Need Bookings

Airbnb Hosts: What to do When You Need Bookings

So often I hear the same complaint from new Airbnb hosts. It always goes something like this – ‘help! I started renting out a room on Airbnb a couple of months ago and everything was going great. Now I find that I have no bookings and am getting no...
Visit an Italian Castle – in California

Visit an Italian Castle – in California

In the heart of California’s wine country lies a vineyard. Dario Sattui is the owner – he’s a fourth generation vintner and he is responsible for the creation of the castle, Castello di Amorosa. And he still doesn’t know to this day exactly...
Prora: Would You Stay There?

Prora: Would You Stay There?

It’s just a few steps from the beach. The building has been meticulously renovated to the highest quality.  The luxuriously furnished apartments have expansive views of the ocean. It’s located on an island on one of the most beautiful coasts in Europe....
Travel Back in Time: The Pan Am Experience

Travel Back in Time: The Pan Am Experience

You might not be old enough to remember what air travel was like in the 1960s and 70s. But I’m assured that it was very different. In those days, flying was still classed as something of a luxury and a definite event. Some people refer to it as ‘the golden...
Airbnb Hosting: The Reality

Airbnb Hosting: The Reality

Only a few months ago I wrote an article about Airbnb hosting. It’s something that I love doing and I’ve been in the hospitality industry for many years. But in recent months, I’ve noticed that many new hosts are simply unprepared for the realities...
Have You Considered a Cycling Tour?

Have You Considered a Cycling Tour?

Which mode of transport allows you to make the most of your vacation? It’s debatable, of course. I like to travel by train because well, I’m lazy. But for those who are a little more active than I seem to be these days, it’s great news that Intrepid...
Great Journeys: Madrid to Marrakesh

Great Journeys: Madrid to Marrakesh

Everyone has a holioday that truly stands out in their minds. For me, it happened many years ago – more years than I’d like to admit. It was a wonderful road trip through Europe (mostly Spain) and into Morocco. It was an excellent opportunity to explore...
Learn Survival Skills in Scotland

Learn Survival Skills in Scotland

You’ve probably heard of Bear Grylls as his TV survival programmes have been shown all over the world. But did you know that he runs a school that teaches people all about survival skills? There are two courses and both take place in the glory of the Scottish...
Have You Tried Zorbing?

Have You Tried Zorbing?

So, what exactly is zorbing? Well, let me tell you that I’ve started writing about half a dozen introductory sentences to explain it — and deleted them all. That’s because ‘rolling down a hill in a big plastic bubble’ just doesn’t...
Is La Compagnie’s Business Class Right For You?

Is La Compagnie’s Business Class Right For You?

I have to tell you that I really don’t enjoy long haul flights. I’ve flown often between the USA and Europe and the only experience that was good was when I was upgraded (I forget why) from cattle-class to business class at no extra charge. It was...
Antlos: Airbnb for Yachts

Antlos: Airbnb for Yachts

I’ve lived for many years in a boating community and I know just how expensive yachts can be to run and maintain. For this reason, many people may think that a private yacht charter would be beyond the means of most of us. With Antlos, that’s not the case....
Blackpool: Reinvented

Blackpool: Reinvented

Some years ago, if I was asked to describe Blackpool kindly, the best word I would be able to come up with would have been kitsch. Blackpool is a seaside town in the North of England that became a popular northern holiday-making destination in the mid-nineteenth...
AIDAprima: Watch a Cruise Ship Being Built

AIDAprima: Watch a Cruise Ship Being Built

The massive cruise ship, the AIDAprima, was built in 2015 and launched the following year. It’s a spectacular vessel. It was created to attract younger travellers to the cruising life and has so many fabulous features. It truly is a floating city. It boasts...
Rent Office Space When Travelling

Rent Office Space When Travelling

There are many reasons why you might need to rent office or conference spaces when you’re travelling – even if your trip is for pleasure. And if you’re a working road-warrior, then the need is very likely to arise. Thanks to what we are now calling...
Cuba Travel & Trade Restrictions Eased Further

Cuba Travel & Trade Restrictions Eased Further

It was announced in October 2016 that President Obama is determined to ease the restrictions for travellers to Cuba before his period in the White House draws to a close. This applies to certain trade issues too. From the travellers’ point of view, it was...
Drive an Aston Martin at a Famous British Circuit

Drive an Aston Martin at a Famous British Circuit

Yes, you can drive one of the world’s most luxurious and powerful cars (and to me, the most beautiful) at a prestigious British racing circuit. This is a great opportunity for any keen driver or motorsport enthusiast. Your adventure includes full briefing from...
Why Choose Airbnb for Business Travel?

Why Choose Airbnb for Business Travel?

Have you noticed that so many people today are choosing to arrange their business travel with Airbnb rather than the more traditional hotels? It makes such good sense. When you select one of Airbnb’s ‘business travel ready’ properties, you can be...
Amazon Prime Reading for the Traveller

Amazon Prime Reading for the Traveller

We’ve known for a long time that Amazon Prime is a great service but now that the company has added even more to its offerings, it became even better. Now, if you’re a Prime member then you can add thousands of free books, magazines and publications to the...
Zika and Florida

Zika and Florida

Yes, let’s be sensible about the ‘dangers’ of the Zika virus in Florida. Every day, I get several email alerts and newsletters about the travel industry and at the moment, they are almost all telling me stories of doom and gloom in Florida. If I paid...
Forge Your Own Wedding Rings in Rural England

Forge Your Own Wedding Rings in Rural England

Hereford is a rural cathedral city which is to the west of London – about one hundred and thirty miles from the centre – and located near the Welsh border. It’s an ancient city and a truly interesting place to visit but for couples, there’s an...
The Shawshank Trail

The Shawshank Trail

The International Movie Database lists Shawshank Redemption as the number one most popular film. Other lists disagree but just about everyone I knew simply loves the movie. This is why I was delighted to discover The Shawshank Trail – a driving tour where you...
Freebird Club: Airbnb for Seniors?

Freebird Club: Airbnb for Seniors?

The Freebird Club is often referred to as ‘Airbnb for seniors’ and at first, I wasn’t quite sure that I liked that. And that’s mainly because the service caters to those over 50 and I don’t consider being aged fifty as being senior. But...
Apps: Google Trips

Apps: Google Trips

Google is the latest organisation to leap onto the bandwagon of travel apps. And why not? Recent studies have shown that travel is a booming industry and let’s face it, if you use their other services such as Gmail or Google Maps, it’s likely that they...
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