Airbnb alternatives: Manhattan skyline from the sea

I’m not going to lie, we love AirBnB. It’s a wonderful way to find accommodation all around the world in lodgings that range from quirky to palatial, from budget to princely. If you’re new to the world of peer to peer accommodation, take a look at Jess’s post about AirBnB, which will answer all your questions.

The thing is, AirBnB has become a bit popular of late. There’s plenty of choice, but prices have definitely started to creep up. At busy times, properties can book out a long time in advance. In some cases, it’s also become quite the industry, losing the personal touch as landlords cash in, meaning the only human interaction you get is when you get your keys at the beginning of your stay.

9 Best Alternatives to AirBnB

Airbnb alternatives: Manhattan skyline from the sea

I’m not going to lie, we love AirBnB. It’s a wonderful way to find accommodation all around the world in lodgings that range from quirky to palatial, from budget to princely. If you’re new to the world of peer to peer accommodation, take a look at Jess’s post about AirBnB, which will answer all your questions.

The thing is, AirBnB has become a bit popular of late. There’s plenty of choice, but prices have definitely started to creep up. At busy times, properties can book out a long time in advance. In some cases, it’s also become quite the industry, losing the personal touch as landlords cash in, meaning the only human interaction you get is when you get your keys at the beginning of your stay.

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Tower Bridge London Two Day Itinerary

I am a huge fan of London. I do have to admit though that it was a city that took me a while to get, and it was only after I lived there for a couple of years that I really had an appreciation for it.

There’s just so much to see and do, from some of England’s loveliest city parks through to thousand year old castles and churches. And that’s before I’ve even thought about all the culture on offer, from museums to musicals, theatre shows, live music and fine dining.

A Two Day London Itinerary: Essential Sight Seeing!

Tower Bridge London Two Day Itinerary

I am a huge fan of London. I do have to admit though that it was a city that took me a while to get, and it was only after I lived there for a couple of years that I really had an appreciation for it.

There’s just so much to see and do, from some of England’s loveliest city parks through to thousand year old castles and churches. And that’s before I’ve even thought about all the culture on offer, from museums to musicals, theatre shows, live music and fine dining.

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Route 66 road sign New Mexico

You should know the drill by now! This is part 3 of my series featuring my favourite images from our Route 66 adventure across the US in the summer of 2015, a journey we undertook in a bright green Jucy campervan. If you’re late to the party, fear not – you can still check out my Route 66 California highlights and Route 66 Arizona highlights.

I have to admit, New Mexico was slightly vexing. I was very excited to visit, not least because I had been led to believe that the state has spectacular sunsets. We even had a whole song on our Route 66 playlist dedicated to the things.

As it was, we were not fortunate with the weather, and didn’t get to see much of a sunset. This was sad, but a reason to return at least! As you’ll see from many of my pictures from this state, it was a bit grey. Ok, very grey. But the views were still excellent, and there were plenty of Route 66 related attractions to keep us happy. Let’s have a look at what we found!

Highlights of Route 66 New Mexico – In Photos

Route 66 road sign New Mexico

You should know the drill by now! This is part 3 of my series featuring my favourite images from our Route 66 adventure across the US in the summer of 2015, a journey we undertook in a bright green Jucy campervan. If you’re late to the party, fear not – you can still check out my Route 66 California highlights and Route 66 Arizona highlights.

I have to admit, New Mexico was slightly vexing. I was very excited to visit, not least because I had been led to believe that the state has spectacular sunsets. We even had a whole song on our Route 66 playlist dedicated to the things.

As it was, we were not fortunate with the weather, and didn’t get to see much of a sunset. This was sad, but a reason to return at least! As you’ll see from many of my pictures from this state, it was a bit grey. Ok, very grey. But the views were still excellent, and there were plenty of Route 66 related attractions to keep us happy. Let’s have a look at what we found!

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Mont St Michel France

Despite living in France for three years, I didn’t do much sight seeing. So when the opportunity recently arose to spend a couple of days in the north-west of the country, we leapt at it.

We didn’t have a great deal of time to play with as we were visiting my parents further south in France, but we gave ourselves a couple of days in the area, basing ourselves near Mont St. Michel, with the aim of exploring both that and the Normandy Beaches.

Two Days in Normandy: Visiting Mont St. Michel and the D-Day Beaches

Mont St Michel France

Despite living in France for three years, I didn’t do much sight seeing. So when the opportunity recently arose to spend a couple of days in the north-west of the country, we leapt at it.

We didn’t have a great deal of time to play with as we were visiting my parents further south in France, but we gave ourselves a couple of days in the area, basing ourselves near Mont St. Michel, with the aim of exploring both that and the Normandy Beaches.

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Weekend in Baton Rouge - State Capitol

In early 2016 we took a wonderful road trip through some of the southern states of the USA, discovering excellent cuisine, gorgeous old plantation homes and fantastic cities. We also learnt a great deal about the history of the USA, and in particular the civil war and civil rights movement, both of which were focused in this part of the US.

Our road trip adventure covered five states and over 2,000 miles of driving, with us starting in Charleston, and finishing in New Orleans (just in time for Mardi Gras, and my birthday!). You can read all the posts from our southern USA road trip here – more are on the way as I fill in more of the blanks.

11 Ways To Spend a Weekend in Baton Rouge

Weekend in Baton Rouge - State Capitol

In early 2016 we took a wonderful road trip through some of the southern states of the USA, discovering excellent cuisine, gorgeous old plantation homes and fantastic cities. We also learnt a great deal about the history of the USA, and in particular the civil war and civil rights movement, both of which were focused in this part of the US.

Our road trip adventure covered five states and over 2,000 miles of driving, with us starting in Charleston, and finishing in New Orleans (just in time for Mardi Gras, and my birthday!). You can read all the posts from our southern USA road trip here – more are on the way as I fill in more of the blanks.

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London Homestay ReviewIf you’re English, London tends to fall into one of two categories. It’s either the greatest city in the United Kingdom, and you can’t imagine why anyone would live anywhere else, or it’s a crowded nightmare, full of people who won’t stop going on about how amazing it is, even as they’re stuffed into someone’s armpit at rush hour.

I definitely used to fall into the latter camp. London was a big, noisy city, and everyone I knew who lived there was practically intolerable in the way they sang it’s praises. Other cities in the UK were seen as quaint provincial backwaters. To truly exist in the UK, the opinion was, one had to live in London.

Our Perfectly Located London Homestay

London Homestay ReviewIf you’re English, London tends to fall into one of two categories. It’s either the greatest city in the United Kingdom, and you can’t imagine why anyone would live anywhere else, or it’s a crowded nightmare, full of people who won’t stop going on about how amazing it is, even as they’re stuffed into someone’s armpit at rush hour.

I definitely used to fall into the latter camp. London was a big, noisy city, and everyone I knew who lived there was practically intolerable in the way they sang it’s praises. Other cities in the UK were seen as quaint provincial backwaters. To truly exist in the UK, the opinion was, one had to live in London.

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Great Pyramids and Sphinx Egypt Travel Talk Tour

At the end of 2015 we were thrilled to be invited to two new countries for us, Egypt and Morocco, with tour specialist Travel Talk Tours. I’ve already written about our ten day tour of Morocco, so check that post out if you’re interested in learning about the Travel Talk Tours Morocco experience.

A Nine Day Tour of Egypt with Travel Talk Tours

Great Pyramids and Sphinx Egypt Travel Talk Tour

At the end of 2015 we were thrilled to be invited to two new countries for us, Egypt and Morocco, with tour specialist Travel Talk Tours. I’ve already written about our ten day tour of Morocco, so check that post out if you’re interested in learning about the Travel Talk Tours Morocco experience.

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Paris falling into dusk Eiffel Tower

Paris is easily one of my favourite cities in the world, and by far one of the most photogenic. Today, as part of my series where I share some of my favourite photography locations from destinations around the world, I want to give you my tips for getting the best photos in Paris. Starting with:

The Best Photography Locations in Paris

Paris falling into dusk Eiffel Tower

Paris is easily one of my favourite cities in the world, and by far one of the most photogenic. Today, as part of my series where I share some of my favourite photography locations from destinations around the world, I want to give you my tips for getting the best photos in Paris. Starting with:

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Painted Desert Arizona Route 66

In mid-2015, Jess and I had the chance to tour the US in a bright green Jucy Champ RV, thanks to the nice people at Jucy. We decided, of course, that driving the entire 2,400 mile length of Route 66, from Santa Monica in California, up to Chicago, Illinois, was going to be the definitive road trip for us.

Then, we tacked on an adventure retracing the Oregon Trail (which we managed to survive without catching dysentery), because, well, why not?

Highlights of Route 66 Arizona - In Photos

Painted Desert Arizona Route 66

In mid-2015, Jess and I had the chance to tour the US in a bright green Jucy Champ RV, thanks to the nice people at Jucy. We decided, of course, that driving the entire 2,400 mile length of Route 66, from Santa Monica in California, up to Chicago, Illinois, was going to be the definitive road trip for us.

Then, we tacked on an adventure retracing the Oregon Trail (which we managed to survive without catching dysentery), because, well, why not?

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Homestay review Birmingham b and b

There’s nothing like an English breakfast. Admittedly, the Americans do their best, bless them, but they get the bacon all wrong, and have a strange obsession with syrup. Also, from what I can tell, a phobia of baked beans in the morning, a staple of the classic English breakfast.

The Europeans (I am aware the UK is in Europe, but we often gloss over this with us vs them comparisons) really don’t get breakfast. Who ever turned up for a hotel breakfast, ecstatic with delight at the thought of a continental breakfast? Not me, that’s who.

A Cosy Birmingham B&B With Homestay

Homestay review Birmingham b and b

There’s nothing like an English breakfast. Admittedly, the Americans do their best, bless them, but they get the bacon all wrong, and have a strange obsession with syrup. Also, from what I can tell, a phobia of baked beans in the morning, a staple of the classic English breakfast.

The Europeans (I am aware the UK is in Europe, but we often gloss over this with us vs them comparisons) really don’t get breakfast. Who ever turned up for a hotel breakfast, ecstatic with delight at the thought of a continental breakfast? Not me, that’s who.

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