What is a Babymoon?

What is a Babymoon?

Although the word isn’t a new one, it wasn’t until the early 2000s that babymoons really became popular. As with many current trends, the fashion began with  various high profile celebrities. And a babymoon is a great idea. As the name suggests the...
HotelTonight: Find Last Minute Hotel Deals

HotelTonight: Find Last Minute Hotel Deals

Some people like to plan their travel carefully. Others prefer to be more spontaneous and simply see where their travels take them and book hotels as they go. Even if you’re someone who likes to have their accommodation booked well in advance, there might still...
Would You Stay in a Hostel?

Would You Stay in a Hostel?

Years ago, I would have never considered staying in a hostel. The thought of shared bathrooms, bedrooms with bunk beds sleeping several people, noisy teenagers and. let’s face it, low-quality accommodation. But wow, how things have changed. Today I have many...
Eat Like the Locals

Eat Like the Locals

This morning I received a text from a friend who is currently in India – telling me how fantastic the food is there. (I was immediately very envious).  And experiencing local food when you travel can mean much more than just looking through the various...
Travel: Let’s Talk about Beds!

Travel: Let’s Talk about Beds!

Throughout the world beds are just beds aren’t they? Yes, unless you are travelling to a remote island where you’ll be sleeping in a hammock, you can expect to find ‘regular’ beds everywhere. There are confusions, of course. What is described...
Choosing your Travel Companion

Choosing your Travel Companion

Travelling alone can be great fun. But for the single person there are times when you’d rather have someone along with you. In addition to the companionship, it is often more expensive to travel on your own and sharing expenses can reduce the cost of your trip....
Can You Afford To Travel?

Can You Afford To Travel?

Travel is good for you. It’s not just a case of recharging your batteries, it has been shown in many studies that travel is good for your health and well being. But it can be so expensive. It needn’t be. Check out the budget travel tips below. HOW TO SAVE...
Airbnb Hosts: Articles to Promote Your Rental

Airbnb Hosts: Articles to Promote Your Rental

Do you have a rental property? If so the chances are that you advertise it by using Homeaway, Airbnb or one of the similar sites that list short term rentals. You might also have your own website. But how can you go above and beyond to promote the accommodation you...
Renting Out Your Home While You Travel

Renting Out Your Home While You Travel

You’ve probably heard about people who do this. With all the various home rental service that exist today – such as Airbnb – it’s easy to find people who want to stay in your home when you’re travelling. And many people find that...
The Solo Traveller

The Solo Traveller

Are you putting off travelling because you have no companion? There’s really no need. Today there are so many facilities that are available for anyone who chooses to travel alone. And there are, it seems, two types of solo travellers – those who prefer...
Cooking Classes and Vacations

Cooking Classes and Vacations

Have you ever considered enjoying a cooking class when you’re on your trip? Or even having a culinary class vacation? If so, the internet makes it easy.  Today we have two websites to recommend to you – one that organises cooking classes and vacations in...
Travel Tips: Postcards?

Travel Tips: Postcards?

If you are one of our younger readers, you might have never sent a postcard. This might surprise older readers but many of us remember the days when we’d buy postcards to send to our friends when were were visiting cool locations – and then promptly forget...
Bike Sharing

Bike Sharing

BCycle wants you to imagine a world where it’s easy to get around. It wants you to imagine a world in which car ownership is the exception rather than the rule, a world where emissions are things of the past and where our transport is greener and cleaner. BCycle...
Extreme Budget Travel Tips: From an Expert

Extreme Budget Travel Tips: From an Expert

Jorge Sanchez is officially the second most travelled person in the world.  He has been around the world seven times and judging by the map on his website, has been just about everywhere in the world. Now in his sixties, he started travelling when he was just thirteen...
Sholdit Travel Accessory: The Security Scarf

Sholdit Travel Accessory: The Security Scarf

This great travel accessory covers many bases – especially when you’re flying. I used to have several problems when flying – particularly on long haul flights and the Sholdit solves them all. They were: Keeping warm in the cold plane Managing to have...
Paris: Harry’s New York Bar

Paris: Harry’s New York Bar

I don’t know about you but one of the joys of travelling – for me – is finding bars and cool places to eat. And this is particularly the case when those places have a history.  Harry’s New York Bar in Paris is an excellent example. The...
Let Rabbie take you on a tour of Scotland

Let Rabbie take you on a tour of Scotland

No, not Rabbie Burns, Rabbie’s Tours! Taking a tour of Scotland in one of Rabbie’s minibuses is an excellent way to see the country. Departing from either Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness Rabbie’s will get you up close and personal with what makes Scotland so appealing...
Travel Gift Cards

Travel Gift Cards

There are many great gift ideas for travellers but how about helping your recipient to afford the travel itself? These days, more and more of us are looking for experiences rather than products to clutter up our lives and our homes so giving travel as a gift is an...
Why Airbnb Reviews Matter

Why Airbnb Reviews Matter

As you know, Airbnb is a service that is run on trust. The guest trusts that the host will provide them with pleasant accommodation and the host, in turn, trusts that his or her guest will be respectful of their property and possessions. With this in mind, both the...
Make Business Travel a Pleasure

Make Business Travel a Pleasure

I’ve always loved to travel – when it’s for pleasure. I never thought that I’d become jaded – but when you travel a lot for business it can be – and I really never thought I’d say this – ‘oh, not the Bahamas...
Wine Drinker? Secret Travel Accessory

Wine Drinker? Secret Travel Accessory

It’s no secret that I’m a red wine drinker and – I have to admit – even more so when I’m on vacation. There are so many wonderful restaurants, vineyards, wine cellars and there’s nothing to beat sitting sipping a glass watching the...
Monaco on a Budget

Monaco on a Budget

Monaco is one of the most glamorous and expensive places in Europe. This tiny principality is home (and tax haven) to the rich and many more see it as their luxury playground. So is it worthwhile or even possible for us lesser mortals to visit? It’s certainly...
Airbnb Guest? How to get Great Reviews

Airbnb Guest? How to get Great Reviews

If you’ve used Airbnb, or browsed the site, then you’ll know that guests can leave reviews for their hosts and vice versa. This is an excellent system as it keeps everyone accountable. Increasingly, I’m seeing online questions from guests whose hosts...
Travel Hygiene: No Shower or Tub?

Travel Hygiene: No Shower or Tub?

Travel is one of the best experiences in the world. But different circumstances and travelling to out-of-the-way places can mean that we can’t always maintain the hygiene standards we are used to at home. Of course, if you’re near the beach, a clear river...
Enjoy a Chocolate Workshop in the UK

Enjoy a Chocolate Workshop in the UK

Wouldn’t you, or someone you know, love to attend a chocolate masterclass and learn how to make the most delectable chocolate treats? At the risk of started the Third World War here I have to say that I think that the chocolate from the other side of the pond is...
Italy’s Wine Fountain

Italy’s Wine Fountain

A vineyard in Italy has created a free wine fountain for those who are walking the Cammino di San Tommaso, a popular route for pilgrims. The Dora Sarchese winery commissioned the well-known Italian architect, Rocco Valentini, to create the fountain – which means...
Ladies: We Can Do It Too!

Ladies: We Can Do It Too!

Now look, guys. This is an article for females, okay? Girls, I don’t know about you but I think that men have one rather important advantage over us – yes, just one 😉 And if you’ve ever been hiking, boating, camping or enjoying time in the outdoors...
Airbnb Guest? What to do if things go wrong

Airbnb Guest? What to do if things go wrong

Approximately one million people stayed in Airbnb accommodations last night. The same will happen tonight, and tomorrow, and the next night …. and it’s more than likely that every single one of those people had or will have a great stay with no problems....
Perfect Travel Storage System: Rise Gear

Perfect Travel Storage System: Rise Gear

Here at TRAQUO, we’re firm believers in packing light. And another pet peeve is the whole idea of ‘living out of a suitcase’. This is why we’re delighted to have found this great solution. If I’m travelling and staying in my accommodation...
Would You Like Free Accommodation in Italy?

Would You Like Free Accommodation in Italy?

It’s true. There are over a thousand bed and breakfast establishments throughout Italy that are willing to offer you free accommodation. Some of these are in rural villages, some are in well-travelled towns, some are set on sparkling lakes. Others may be by the...
Vegetarian Dining in Europe

Vegetarian Dining in Europe

If you’re vegetarian and travelling to a country in Europe for the first time, how will you fare? The answer is that wherever you go, you can be sure to find plenty of vegetarian and vegan restaurants. But as a non-meat-eater myself, I prefer to experience more...
How to Pack Over 100 Items in a Carry-On

How to Pack Over 100 Items in a Carry-On

How long can you go away for with just a carry on bag? A weekend, a week, a month even? Just wait until you see the video below. I am pretty confident that I could travel for weeks if I could fit over a hundred items into one single bag – couldn’t you? The...
Travel Tips: Laundry

Travel Tips: Laundry

Travelling light, which is what most of us prefer to do, causes one major problem – that of washing your clothes when you’re on your trip. If you don’t, then you might have the following problems to face: Dirty laundry getting mixed up with your...
Where to Eat in South Mumbai

Where to Eat in South Mumbai

I suppose there are McDonald’s and pizza places everywhere in the world now. I wonder if they have them in Timbuktu? Probably. But to me, one of the great pleasures of travelling is sampling the local cuisine. This is especially the case if you’re visiting...
Sardinia’s Secret Pasta

Sardinia’s Secret Pasta

Today there are only a handful of people in the world who know the secret of making su filindeu – Sardinia’s secret pasta. This pasta has traditionally been made for a local religious festival and the recipe has been handed down within the same family for...
Movie Venues: When Harry Met Sally

Movie Venues: When Harry Met Sally

If you’ve seen this 1980s romantic comedy film, then you know exactly which scene I am talking about here. But was it filmed in a real place? And can you go there? The answers are yes and yes. Katz’s Deli at 205 E Houston St., New York, was where the...
Fort Lauderdale: Breakfast on Las Olas

Fort Lauderdale: Breakfast on Las Olas

One of the nicest aspects of living or vacationing in the Las Olas area of Fort Lauderdale is indulging in a leisurely breakfast right on the boulevard. You can see our recommendations featured on the map below. Let’s start at the eastern and of the boulevard...
Don’t Fall for this Airbnb Scam

Don’t Fall for this Airbnb Scam

I like Airbnb, as both a guest and a host. It’s a wonderful service and has a huge variety of fascinating places to stay all over the world. But these days, scams are everywhere. And remember, this is no fault of the Airbnb itself – respected institutions...
Be a Great Host: The Bathroom

Be a Great Host: The Bathroom

More and more people today are hosting guests in their own homes. Often, it’s friends or relatives who are staying with you. Many have found that renting out their spare bedroom or separate suite using Airbnb or similar sites helps them to earn money to maintain...
Travel: Let’s Talk Toilets!

Travel: Let’s Talk Toilets!

This is an aspect of travel that not many people talk about. But if you’ve travelled far and wide, you’ll know that not every country in the world has the facilities that you’d expect to find at home. They say that every adventurous traveller has at...
Travelling and Special Diets

Travelling and Special Diets

One of the great pleasures of travelling – especially when you’re going abroad – is enjoying sampling the local cuisine. But for many people, this can be more stressful than we realise. I’m taking here about those who have food allergies or who...
See Scotland from above

See Scotland from above

Most tourists who visit Scotland will take the usual well-travelled routes to see Scotland’s ancient castles and historical sites, swing by Loch Ness hoping for a glimpse of ‘Nessie’ or take a driving tour following Scotland’s spectacular coastline with its...
Create a Hotel Hygiene Kit

Create a Hotel Hygiene Kit

Have you seen any of those TV programmes that have been cropping up in recent years regarding the cleanliness – or lack thereof – in  average hotels? If you haven’t, see the video below as an example. See how serious, even deadly, bacteria can lurk...
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