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LATEST ARTICLES

Hosts: Do You Have Drawers In Your Rental Bedroom?

Hosts: Do You Have Drawers In Your Rental Bedroom?

The reason I ask is because it's just been announced by the hotel trade that fewer hotels are adding chests of drawers to their guest rooms. (If you're reading this in America, you may refer to them as 'dressers' for reasons best known to yourselves).Those that do...

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Ross Island: India

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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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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Rocchetta Mattei, Italy

You might think that Count Cesare Mattei was really a bit of a nutcase but let's be nice and call him eccentric. He founded a medical treatment known as 'electrohomeopathy' that was, evidently, total quackery. But, being a rich bloke, he also built a rather weird...

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One Daft Reason You Might Get A Rough Review

If you're a short term rental hosts I'm sure that you've realised by now that there are many reasons why you might get a completely undeserved bad review from time to time, Even if 'bad' is pushing it a bit, a review that doesn't accurately reflect all the trouble you...

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Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa

The building started life in 1924. Not as a ballroom or music venue though - it orginated as a garage. The internet tells me that this was 'for Wyatt Tate Brady's automobiles'. At first I took this to mean that Mr Tate Brady was in the motor trade but no, he was a...

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Visiting the UK: Tintagel Castle, Cornwall.

Right until Victorian times, Tintagel in Cornwall was a remote place with few - if any - visitors. The landscape was wild and inhospitable, the shoreline craggy and naturally fortified. In fact, the island - it's only narrowly separated from the mainland - is the...

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“The Guest Has No Photo!”

I absolutely, completely and utterly hate the fact that I have got to the age when I could preface a sentence with 'in my day' so I'm not going to. But nevertheless, I'm getting increasingly impatient with Airbnb hosts who get grumpy because guests don't upload...

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Antwerp Railway Station

Airports these days can be pretty okay, architecturally speaking. But as so many people now prefer to experience travelling by train instead of being sardined into a cylindrical tube in the air, the beautiful railway stations of the world are being fully...

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Visiting Iceland: The Blue Lagoon

Although it looks pretty much like something from another world - or at least from ancient times - the Blue Lagoon has only been in existence since the local power station was created. It's the overspill; the by-product. To be sure that I've got the details absolutely...

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You’ll Probably Need To Pack This

I've never really cared for using an umbrella, have you? I find them pretty unwieldy and unmanageable. Plus those small telescopic ones - and those are the best for travel - don't really provide enough coverage. (And I can never get the things folded up again without...

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Belgian Chocolate. Oh Wow…

You've probably read here before about how I like to immerse myself in the local culture when I travel. And one of the easiest ways to do that is by experiencing the local cuisine. This is especially the case when the country's speciality is something as purely...

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The UFO, Bratislava, Slovakia. Would You Dare?

I might as well tell you, right now, that I wouldn't. Not for all the tea in China. I admit to being the person who hides behind a cushion when death-defying stunts are shown on the TV. And despite all the safety precautions in the world, this is one travel experience...

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Clifton’s Cafeteria, Los Angeles

You don't really expect calling in for a bite at a cafeteria to be a weird experience. That is, unless you've been to Clifton's. The best way to find out about it, apart from walking through the doors of course, is to take a look at the video below. That shows you...

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Visiting the UK: Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

There's really no doubt about it - there are two particularly outstanding things that most people enjoy when they are visiting the UK. They are the history of the place - you can't move without bumping into something or other that's historic - and of course, the pubs....

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