Keysmart: Essential Key Holder

Keysmart: Essential Key Holder

I’ve always liked products that make my life easier, especially if they don’t break the bank. Which I why I’m telling you today about the Keysmart key holder. Sounds so simple, doesn’t it? But you’ll be surprised just how much difference...
Who’s Cleaning Your Rental?

Who’s Cleaning Your Rental?

If you have an Airbnb or similar rental, who is cleaning it for you and preparing it for guests? If you’re not able to do it yourself, how do you choose a cleaning service? It might be more important than you think. Sheila Perera FIH is the manager of the...
Flying Facts: Seat Innovation

Flying Facts: Seat Innovation

Airline companies are making small but significant changes to their procedures, and their aircraft, all the time. Most of these are seemingly quite minor changes that over the years add greatly to passenger comfort … and to airline profits. Every year Crystal...
Green Fort Lauderdale: UPS’ eBike

Green Fort Lauderdale: UPS’ eBike

Fort Lauderdale isn’t necessarily one of the first places that springs to mind when people are thinking about vacationing in cities that show concern for the planet. But they would be mistaken. From our turtle-hatching initiatives to our waterways clean-ups, ...
Airbnb and Accomable

Airbnb and Accomable

There has always been a demand for accommodation for people with mobility problems – that’s nothing new – and Airbnb have demonstrated their knowledge of this by acquiring Accomable, a service that introduces less-abled travellers to people who...
What Do People Steal From Hotels?

What Do People Steal From Hotels?

Staying in an Airbnb recently, I was really impressed by the splatter guard thingy that was in the microwave. It probably cost less than a dollar. I was so tempted to bring it home for my own (besplattered) microwave but bottled out – I’m too snooty...
Preparing Your Airbnb Rental: Basics

Preparing Your Airbnb Rental: Basics

The initial concept of peer-to-peer accommodation services such as Airbnb was simple – have a spare room? Then rent it to travellers. Win-win. However, we all know that today, many of us are preparing rooms or full apartments specifically for rental. No longer...
Flyotto: Uber for Planes

Flyotto: Uber for Planes

We’re accustomed to services such as Uber and Airbnb. We even know about similar services for boats, yachts, bikes, sports equipment and more. But Flyotto means that we can now rent private aircraft too. I just looked up to find out about a trip from Fort...
Gaudi’s Casa Vicens: Barcelona

Gaudi’s Casa Vicens: Barcelona

In the spring of 2017, it was announced that Antoni Gaudi’s Casa Vicens in Barcelona would be opened to the public as a museum later in the year. What wonderful news for those of us who have drooled over his other buildings in this fabulous city. We’ve...
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...
Trending Now : La Boca: Buenos Aires