Renting an Apartment in Siem Reap — Our Comprehensive Insider Guide

2019-01-29T14:59:00+00:00By |

Renting an apartment in Siem Reap can be challenging. While the rise of holiday rental websites such as HomeAway and VBRO and rent-a-room sites like Airbnb and Roomorama made it easier to rent short term properties and rooms in private homes, there are still things you need to be aware of when renting an apartment in …

Musings on Local Travel and Living Like Locals in Milan

2018-11-26T13:46:03+00:00By |

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! …

Where to Stay in Sydney — Apartment Rentals

2019-01-29T13:22:16+00:00By |

Where to stay in Sydney? Well, just like Melbourne, Sydney has plenty of choices when it comes to somewhere to check in — boutique places, flashy five stars, backpacker hostels, and, of course, our pick: apartment rentals. Just as we did in Melbourne, we got to try a huge range of accommodation over a couple of …

Price Check: a Berlin Shopping List

2017-09-17T16:01:39+00:00By |

It’s always a bit of a shock to the wallet going to Western Europe after spending time in Central or Eastern Europe, where the prices are significantly lower. Berliners swear their city is cheaper to live in than other European capitals, but while rents, utilities and transport might be lower – and we certainly found …

A Vienna Shopping List

2018-11-26T11:00:55+00:00By |

The duration of most of our stays this year has been two weeks. Apart from our pre-departure preparations for Grantourismo and soiree in Dubai and the days leading up to our launch party in London, only on two occasions on the trip have we stayed in places for only a week each, in Italy and in …

Price Check: a Zell am See Shopping List

2018-11-26T11:00:54+00:00By |

If you want no more than a gulash soup to warm you up and some pasta and pizza to refuel after a day skiing or snowboarding in Zell am See, then you’ll be satisfied with the town's smattering of pan-Italian eateries. Aside from a few other empty restaurants we spotted, the only other alternative seems …

Escape to Mombasa & Time for Reflection on our Diani Beach Stay

2017-10-02T18:51:44+00:00By |

We’d only been back at our cottage at Shambani at Diani Beach from our safari for a day when the Internet ground to a halt. It had been operating at a snail’s pace since we arrived almost two weeks earlier and we’d been constantly shifting between the Internet line installed at the property the day we arrived …

Our Buenos Aires Holiday Rental Apartment

2018-11-25T17:28:39+00:00By |

A light-filled apartment with Rear Window-like views in a sleek new Palermo Soho skyscraper is 'our home away from home' in Buenos Aires for two weeks. Boasting cobblestone streets lined with cafés, bars, restaurants, bookshops, and boutiques — from upmarket global brands to edgy young local designers — Palermo Soho is the stylish quarter of Palermo Viejo …

With Holiday Rentals it’s the Little Things That Make a Difference

2018-05-10T15:24:52+00:00By |

With holiday rentals it's the little things that make a difference to your stay, the thoughtful extras that can set one property apart from the next, and help to make an experience special. When you check into a hotel, you come to expect certain amenities depending on the class of hotel you’ve booked. Hotel ratings exist to …