So, You Don’t Speak the Language?

So, You Don’t Speak the Language?

Many years ago, most people would take their vacation in their home country. Often the reason for this was that international travel incited the dreaded fear of ‘the language’. Today though, travellers are far more adventurous and positively revel in going...
NYC: Where to go When You Gotta Go

NYC: Where to go When You Gotta Go

It’s summer in New York City, and you remembered your hat, your sunblock, and your water bottle. Suddenly you realize you kept so well hydrated, nature’s call cannot be ignored a minute longer. Most tourist destinations have adequate toilets, but if you...
Family Planning: For Your Vacation

Family Planning: For Your Vacation

Travel experts are reporting that a current trend is for families to plan their trips well in advance – sometimes even years. For couples with children, this makes a lot of sense. I don’t know about you but the first time I went abroad with my parents, I...
At the End of Your Trip – Relax

At the End of Your Trip – Relax

Have you ever arrived home from a trip late on Sunday night and had to be at work at 9 am the next morning? No fun, is it? Or even if you’ve arrived home at a civilised hour, getting back into the work routine after a vacation is never easy. Do you believe that...
How Not to Mislay Your Kids on Vacation!

How Not to Mislay Your Kids on Vacation!

When we were little kids, we used to be amused by our mum’s paranoia when we were going on a family trip abroad. She used to go to see a man on the market who engraved cheap metal tags to go onto dogs’ collars. She’d have them engraved with the name...
On a Road Trip? Where to ‘Go’

On a Road Trip? Where to ‘Go’

You might call it the restroom, the loo, the toilet, the bathroom … but whatever your choice, one thing is for sure. At certain times when you are travelling you’re going to have to rely on finding public conveniences for your peeing needs. If you’re...
Airbnb: Better than a Hotel?

Airbnb: Better than a Hotel?

I have to say that as an Airbnb host, and occasional guest, I am biased. But I’m going to try to put that aside (and probably fail miserably) and discuss the pros and cons. What is better for today’s traveller? Staying in a hotel or in an Airbnb rental?...
Huntclub: Airbnb for Hunters and Fishermen

Huntclub: Airbnb for Hunters and Fishermen

Firstly, apologies to girls who fish for the title of this article – ‘fisherpersons’ might be politically correct but it sounds daft. Now that’s out of the way, I can tell you about an online service that is specifically for those of you who...
Help Local Communities When You Travel

Help Local Communities When You Travel

Did you know that by (painlessly) choosing experiences that benefit the local community means that you’ll have an even better time when you travel? The travel industry is huge but recent statistics show that for every $100 spent in a given area, only $5 of that...
How to Fake First Class Travel

How to Fake First Class Travel

I guess we’d all like to fly first class whenever we travel but I don’t know about you – I don’t see first class air travel being in my future. But those of us who are confined to coach, we can still try to make our flights a pleasant as...
Boatsetter: Airbnb for Boats

Boatsetter: Airbnb for Boats

If you’re on a trip and are staying close to the water, you’ll probably quickly become envious when you watch all the boats going by. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a boat of your own? Yes, but for many of us, that’s a just a dream as...
Come Back from your Trip to a Happy Home

Come Back from your Trip to a Happy Home

It’s exciting getting ready to go on a trip, the vacation itself is a thrill … and getting back home can be such a letdown, can’t it? The fun is over and now you have to get ready to get back to your everyday life. But coming home needn’t be...
Cape Town: Honest Chocolate

Cape Town: Honest Chocolate

I know that most people don’t travel to Cape Town to sample chocolate but if you’re going to be in this fabulous city then visiting the Honest Chocolate Café is a must. It has become an important part of many travellers’ itinerary thanks to its...
Monaco: Prince Rainer’s Car Collection

Monaco: Prince Rainer’s Car Collection

Prince Rainier of Monaco, who lived until 2004, was a well-known monarch. He is probably best known, in the United States in particular, for marrying American actress, Grace Kelly, in 1956. What is less known is that he was an avid collector of the finest automobiles...
Spinlister: Airbnb for Bikes

Spinlister: Airbnb for Bikes

When you travel, rent a bike, surfboard, stand up paddle board or snow gear from Spinlister – which is often described as ‘Airbnb for bikes’. This is because the two companies work in very similar ways. Just as you can often find rental accommodation...
Trade your Talent for Travel Opportunities

Trade your Talent for Travel Opportunities

Wanderbrief is a comparatively new service – just over one year old at time of writing – that allows professional photographers, designers, writers and other creatives exchange their skills in exchange for travelling the world. The service, headquartered...
Restaurante Sobrino de Botín: Madrid

Restaurante Sobrino de Botín: Madrid

Restaurante Sobrino de Botín in Madrid claims to be the world’s oldest continuously operating restaurant in the world. Wikipedia, on the other hand, begs to differ and cites an older restaurant in China but really, the argument is a moot one as the Guinness Book...
Food to Take on the Plane

Food to Take on the Plane

There are so many reasons why we should want to take our own food with us when we travel by air. Perhaps the most commonly cited one is that airline food is often less than lovely. But there are other reasons too – maybe you have to follow a special diet for...
What is a Desi Pub?

What is a Desi Pub?

If you’re in England, especially in the Midlands, then it’s the ideal opportunity to visit a desi pub. For these pubs are a combination of two British traditions – and two very popular local experiences. They came about because of two factors....
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...
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