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Living Like Locals Resources on Slowing Down and Settling In

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We’ve got lots of living like locals resources on slowing down and settling in to places when you travel, from scores of reviews of apartments and holiday rentals that we’ve stayed in to tips on everything from renting riads in Morocco to how to save money when self-catering. Our long term aim is to provide ...

The Holiday Rental Concierge As Your Local Best Friend

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I don’t remember the name of a single hotel concierge from any of the hotels we’ve ever stayed at over our many years of travel writing and we’ve checked into thousands. Yet I can name a couple of dozen or so concierges of holiday rentals we’ve settled into. I could also share some of their ...

Why Small Local Boutique Hotels Beat Big Bland Multinationals

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After a couple of months staying in boutique hotels in Siem Reap and Bangkok, we’ve reaffirmed something we’ve increasingly felt over the years and that’s that when it comes to choosing hotel accommodation when we travel, boutique hotels suit us better. We much prefer small local boutique hotels to big bland multinationals. We'll take more ...

Musings on Local Travel and Living Like Locals in Milan

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During our first few months in Vietnam, we rented an apartment in Hanoi that didn’t go so well. It was simultaneously the best and worst of locations and you can read about that in a story I did for The Independent. By contrast, an experience living like locals in Milan, Italy, couldn't have been better. It was bellissimo! ...

At Home in Hoi An

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“Boat ride, one hour!” “Motorbike!” “Taxi!” “You buy lantern!” “You buy something from me!” “You take picture of me!” “Happy hour!” While these were the phrases shouted at me daily as I wandered the streets for the first few weeks of our stay in charming, laid-back Hoi An in Vietnam, they have recently started to ...

Tips To Renting A Holiday Villa

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Spending a holiday in a villa rental with family or friends can be very special. But things can also go horribly wrong. Thankfully, after years of experience staying in holiday rentals we know how to avert disasters. Here are our tips to renting a holiday villa. We shared many delicious alfresco meals around that table ...

Slow Travel — The Best Budget Travel Secret We Can Share

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Slow travel is the best budget travel secret we can share. At the time of writing this we have been on the road travelling continuously and living out of suitcases for seven years. Travellers often ask us what our travel secret is, how we fund our travels, and how we have managed to travel for ...

How To Avoid Holiday Rental Scams

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Following our post on Tips to Renting Holiday Apartments — A Checklist a reader asked for tips on how to avoid holiday rental scams and getting ripped off when booking self-catering accommodation, such as how to handle money, how to make sure places are reputable, and whether there are ways to vet holiday rentals. We did what we ...

Tips To Renting Holiday Apartments — A Checklist

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I’ve lost count of the number of self catering properties we’ve settled into, from holiday houses and villas to serviced apartments and apart-hotels, from staying only in holiday rentals during our 2010 grand tour to last month testing out short-term apartments in Phnom Penh. We thought it time to share some of our best tips to renting ...