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LATEST ARTICLES

Do You Run Your Airbnb Business Using Your Phone?

Do You Run Your Airbnb Business Using Your Phone?

If not, why not? I think that we are so lucky today to have our phones to help us run our STR businesses and I thought I'd write this just in case you wanted any tips about how your phone can help you run your business efficiently and well.Yes, we used to manage in...

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The Grand Ocean Hotel, Saltdean near Brighton

The Grand Ocean Hotel, Saltdean near Brighton

You can no longer stay there, but if you're in the Brighton area and a fan of splendid architecture, then a detour to Saltdean is well worth the trip just to see the Ocean.  It's now fully restored and has a fascinating, of oh-too-familiar history. This luxury hotel...

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Ross Island: India

The island's official name is, deep breath, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Dweep Island and despite that, it's decidedly spooky. The island was first inhabited in the early eighteenth century but was soon abandoned. This was because of a 'high mortality rate' for reasons...

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Gare do Oriente, Portugal

It it lace that I'm reminded of? Or a canopy of leafless trees, maybe? It was inaugurated in 1998 and sometimes it reminds me of those highly ornate railway stations of Victorian times with their soaring glass canopies or a grand but spooky gothic cathedral. At other...

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Rollogo Suitcase: Brilliant or Daft?

If I was the proud owner of this suitcase, I'd certainly think it was brilliant. If I saw someone with one, would I think it's daft or would I be envious enough to want one? The latter, I think. I think that the Rollogo looks a bit silly but that could just be my...

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Beignets for Breakfast

Yes, there are some wonderfully healthy ways to start the day. A smoothie. A nutritious shake. Or how about  a healthy homemade museli or additive-free granola? (With almond or oat milk, of course).And then on the other hand, there are tasty ways to have...

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La Boqueria, Barcelona

To be fair I'll have to admt that I don't truly know what the top attraction is in Barcelona for visitors. But if I had to guess, I'd say the Sagrada Família, wouldn't you?But I'd imagine that La Boqueria, the huge market, would run a close second.There's been a...

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Should I Travel By Train or Plane?

Of course, it depends very much on where you want to go. In some cases, there's no option and it has to be air travel. If I want to go from New York to London, there's no under-the-ocean railway tunnel that's going to give me a choice. It's pretty well known too that...

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Herculaneum, Italy

I'm sure that you know what Mount Vesuvius did almost two thousand years ago? Famously, it erupted and destroyed the Roman settlement of Pompeii. There had been other earthquakes of course. Some years before, Pompeii had been pretty badly damaged and the repairs to...

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Paris: Morris Columns

They are an icon of Paris, without a doubt. The Morris Columns, developed in the nineteenth century specifically to support advertising posters are seen in other European towns too but yet they somehow seem to be so typical of Paris. When Gabriel Morris, a Parisien...

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The Most Photographed Sight In Bratislava

Meet Cumil. And as the title says, he is (allegedly) the most photographed tourist attraction in Bratislava. One of the surprises of Bratislava is the number of lifesize bronze statues that are scattered about. Cumil is described as 'Man at Work' although he's...

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Got A Great Idea For Airbnb Hosts?

Have you? Maybe you've got an idea for a fabulous app that would make a host's life easier. Maybe you think that a service supplying consumables to hosts for their guests is a great idea. Or perhaps your ideas range from property management to providing cleaning...

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Žižkov Babies: Prague

Sculptor David Černý created the 'babies' that you see in the photograph. And they are 'crawling' up and down the Žižkov Television Tower. The fibreglass sculptures were added to the tower as a temporary exhibition - Černý is a locally-born artist - in 2000 but they...

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How Safe is That Country You’re Visiting?

Not long ago I was talking to an American person here in the USA where I live. I haven't always lived here - I am born, bred and buttered English.This person was going to visit the UK and asked me if the country was safe. I had to chuckle. I'll explain why in a...

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The Monkey’s Paw, Toronto

Some people like foodie tours or trips that include museums or journeys that include rail travel - and so do I, and a lot more besides. But I still haven't found a rummage-about-in-bookstore tour.If ever I do, then I'm sure that it will include the Monkey's Paw in...

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Hosts: Last Impressions Count Too

We've all heard a million times that first impressions count. And they do, it's true. But if you're running a hospitality business, especially in the field of short term rentals, then it's important to remember that last impressions count a lot too. Yes, it's...

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Visiting London: What is Ken’s Bollock?

You know what Londoners are like. If you think that there are buildings in London that have official names such as the Gherkin then you'd be wrong - although just about everyone refers to it as such. There's also no building that's officially called the Walkie Talkie...

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