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LATEST ARTICLES

The Chicago Picasso

The Chicago Picasso

Even if you've never set foot in Chicago I wouldn't be surprised if you're familiar with Daley Plaza. If nothing else, you know it from the 1980s film, the Blue Brothers. (See the video below). But since the 1960s, Daley Plaza has been home to a Picasso sculpture....

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Hosts: What Do You Do If Your Guest Cancels?

Hosts: What Do You Do If Your Guest Cancels?

If you run a short term rental, then it's going to happen one day. Your phone will ping and a message will tell you that guests you had scheduled in your calendar won't be arriving after all. No big deal - it happens to everyone. But how do you proceed from here?...

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Museum of Romani Culture, Brno, Czech Republic

Human rights is an issue that has been sneaking into our society so gradually that we tend to think that the days of persecution and prejudice are a thing of the past. People in our society who stereotype or speak ill of an ethnic group are viewed with distaste and...

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Airbnb and Skymiles

Just a quick post, this one.But did you know that Airbnb and Delta Airlines have a reciprocal system whereby you can earn air miles on your Airbnb stay? Neither did I until recently which is why I'm letting you know about this.Apparently, this has been in effect for a...

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Leadenhall Market, London

The location scouts looking for fantastic places to make part of the Harry Potter films probably were delighted to find Leadenhall Market. It was featured quite a few times in the movie series - just take a look at the photographs and the video below and you can see...

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What Is Flygskam?

Flygskam is yet another wonderful word that has arrived from Sweden. It translates to 'flying shame' and that's a phenomenon that is increasing all the time in Europe. (And I use the description 'Europe' quite loosely meaning 'everything on the other side of the...

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What’s Included In A Resort Fee?

It's a practice that has, thank goodness, been declining in the last few years. However, there are still hotels out there (and especially, I have to say in the USA) that charge resort fees to their guests. These fees are usually charged per night, per room and can add...

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San Servolo in the Venetian Lagoon

San Servolo was once known, eerily, as 'the island of the mad'. This is because for many years it was an asylum for the insane. Before that, it was a monastery and during that time, the monks were joined by nuns who were escaping from a dramatic seaquake. It then...

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The Watergate Hotel

Of course, events that seem to be relatively recent to me happened a long time before a lot of people who are reading this were even born. It might be that some have never even heard about the famous scandal that took place as long ago as the early nineteen-seventies....

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Hosts: Are You A Host or a Cop?

And I know that seems like a silly question but increasingly, people who run STR accommodation have come to the conclusion - erroneously - that every guest misdemeanor can be solved by creating a 'house rule' about it.You know the sort of thing; no shoes in the house,...

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Easterlin Park, Fort Lauderdale

It's only a short drive from the beach. And when you approach Easterlin Park you'll wonder where on earth you are going. You'll drive along a built-up road and underneath the busy I95. Surely there can't be an area of parkland in this very urban setting? But yes, as...

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Tired Of Hosting & Ready For A Roommate?

Quite a few people who have been renting out rooms in their home through Airbnb have become a little disillusioned with it. Why? Well, not because there's anything wrong with the short term rental business - I absolutely love it - but it is hard work. Unless a host...

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Visiting Scotland: Gretna Green

If it isn't one of the most visited places in Scotland then it certainly must be a contender for the most romantic. It's certainly one of the world's most popular wedding destinations. And it has been since the 1700s so you can forgive the locals if they make a bit of...

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Más a Tierra: Robinson Crusoe Island

As you know, Daniel Defoe's story about Robinson Crusoe was based on several real-life stories about shipwrecked sailors. In those days, shipwrecks weren't really terribly unusual. But the novel was primarily based on the story of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailor...

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