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...
Common Sense Travel Tips

Common Sense Travel Tips

As a travel enthusiast and Airbnb host, I read many blogs and forums relating to the subject. And I find that many travellers simply do not prepare themselves adequately for their travel experience, especially if they are going abroad. Travel is one of the most...
Visit Queen Elizabeth’s favourite ship

Visit Queen Elizabeth’s favourite ship

Coming to Edinburgh? No vacation trip to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city, would be complete without paying a visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia, Scotland’s most popular visitor attraction. Launched in 1953 Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia was a much-loved favourite of...
The Best Cosmetic Bag for Travel

The Best Cosmetic Bag for Travel

When I say cosmetics bag, this Lay-n-Go drawstring bag is perfect for all those small items that you need to access when you’re travelling. And although it was developed for cosmetics, the non-make-up-wearing man will find this ideal for his toiletries too. Have...
Miami: Selected Tours

Miami: Selected Tours

Miami is a fascinating place. It has an intriguing history too and yet many people find it a little overwhelming because there’s simply so much to see and do. The answer to this problem is to take a look at the various tours that are available in the city...
Priority Pass: Your Airport Lounge

Priority Pass: Your Airport Lounge

The only people I know who genuinely love travelling by air are those who fly first class. Yes, that would certainly make the whole experience simply lovely. But that’s not something that most of us can afford. Many people don’t like to travel by air. I...
Surviving the Airport

Surviving the Airport

When we travel these days, we have to spend more time in the airport than ever before. We have extra security measures, earlier check in times and of course, airports are busier than ever before. This can make air travel much more stressful than it was in years gone...
Dance the night away – Scottish style!

Dance the night away – Scottish style!

Many visitors to Scotland look forward to savouring a ‘taste of the country’. Food and drink like atholl brose, cranachan, the fine malt whiskies of Islay or even Scotland’s ‘other national drink’ may be consumed and the historic castles of Dunrobin, Edinburgh and...
Free, Essential Travel Accessory

Free, Essential Travel Accessory

Did you know that there is the most useful travel accessory that costs nothing? It also takes up hardly any room in your luggage, it’s lightweight and I recommend that you always travel with several of these, whatever your travel plans are. What’s more,...
Amazon Jungle Adventure in Ecuador

Amazon Jungle Adventure in Ecuador

For many of us today, sitting on a beach for two weeks is just not our idea of a good vacation. Many travellers these days want true experiences that they’ll remember for all their days. And here at TRAQUO we love discovering them for you. That’s why...
Burgundy River Cruise

Burgundy River Cruise

What could be more relaxing than drifting down a French canal in a luxury barge – through wine country? An eight-day cruise from G Adventures allows you to do just that. The luxurious modern barge accommodates twenty two people and features stylish cabins and an...
Tips: Changing Money

Tips: Changing Money

One of the things I really enjoy doing when I’m travelling to another country is shopping. I’m not referring to buying designer goodies, or even souvenirs – simply buying bread in a local bakery or wine from a vineyard is exciting for me. I enjoy...
Peshtemal Towels for Travel

Peshtemal Towels for Travel

Peshtemal towels have been growing in popularity for a couple of years now but have you ever realised just how great they are when you’re travelling? They are very stylish and are even more convenient when you’re travelling than when you’re at home....
Best Travel Accessory: The ScotteVest

Best Travel Accessory: The ScotteVest

Travelling is a wonderful thing to do but it can become stressful if you’re worrying about the safety and security of your travel essentials. Your vacation can be ruined if you lose your passport, your tickets, your cash, your ID documents – and in my...
Travel to Cuba: Notes

Travel to Cuba: Notes

On August 31st, 2016 a scheduled passenger aircraft left Fort Lauderdale Airport and less than an hour later was in Cuba. This was the first time in fifty years that a commercial flight had flown from the to Cuba from the USA. And Cuba has been on many...
Enjoy a Jazz Cruise in New Orleans

Enjoy a Jazz Cruise in New Orleans

I think that New Orleans is one of my favourite places in the USA. I certainly considered living there at one time and probably still would if I wasn’t seriously addicted to the South Florida weather 🙂 There’s so much to see and do but the highlight of...
The Best Translation App

The Best Translation App

Recently I’ve been talking to people in Mandarin, Greek, Danish, Russian and more. No, I’m not a linguistic genius – my language capabilities stop at school-taught French plus being able to ask for a glass of wine in most European languages 😉...
Should You Tip in a Pub in England?

Should You Tip in a Pub in England?

Many Americans have asked me this question. The ‘tipping culture’ in the USA is widespread and well-understood but few people from the US understand the British way of showing your appreciation – especially in pubs. It’s likely that just about...
Florida Sunrise

Florida Sunrise

I know how hard it can be to get out of bed when it’s still dark outside, especially when you’re on vacation. But if you’re staying on the East Coast of Florida, then it’s well worth it, if only on one day, to watch the sun rise. I don’t...
Packing Light

Packing Light

Are you guilty of over-packing when you’re travelling? I used to do that all the time but no longer – thanks to some of the amazing products and clothing lines available today. Take the photograph you see above. See how many dresses are there? Actually,...
New Airbnb Guest?

New Airbnb Guest?

Are you thinking about using Airbnb the next time you travel? If so, you’ve made an excellent choice. Airbnb offers such a wide selection of accommodation types so whatever kind of place you’re looking for, you’ll find just the right place for you. A...
Visiting England? Don’t Miss York

Visiting England? Don’t Miss York

So many people visit the UK and only see London. London is a great city but there’s so much more to see in the British Isles. Today, I’m recommending that you take a trip north – to the ancient city of York. The city was founded by the Romans and...
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