MeshTrip — a One Stop Shop for Holiday Rentals

2018-05-09T16:20:05+07:00By |

We’ve been planning a trip to Australia and looking for short-term holiday rentals to stay at in between hotels, which can make searching tricky. We like using Booking.com but we also want to see properties listed on sites like Roomorama and compare the two. Enter MeshTrip. Instead of having to switch between a few accommodation booking sites, such …

Living Like Locals Resources on Slowing Down and Settling In

2018-11-25T17:38:29+07:00By |

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

2018-05-03T17:49:10+07:00By |

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 …

Musings on Local Travel and Living Like Locals in Milan

2018-11-26T13:46:03+07:00By |

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! …

Tips To Renting A Holiday Villa

2018-12-17T17:43:58+07:00By |

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 …

How To Avoid Holiday Rental Scams

2018-11-26T13:49:42+07:00By |

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

2018-11-26T11:01:05+07:00By |

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 …

Where to Stay in Sydney — Apartment Rentals

2019-01-29T13:22:16+07:00By |

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 …

Where to Stay in Melbourne – The Best Melbourne Apartment Rentals

2019-03-10T12:53:22+07:00By |

Where to stay in Melbourne? Apartment rentals, boutique hotels, big luxury hotels, backpacker hostels, Melbourne has it all. And it seems like we got to try them all over two trips, which saw us checking in and out of countless different types of accommodation all over the city. While Melbourne has plenty of lavish luxury …

Tips to Saving Money When Self-Catering

2018-11-26T11:00:57+07:00By |

In our last post on What Things Cost Around the World, we compared the dockets of our Price Check shopping lists from some 24 destinations we stayed at around the world on our yearlong grand tour. Our goal was to give self-catering travellers who like settling into places for a while an idea of what …

Price Check: What Things Cost Around the World

2018-11-26T16:21:29+07:00By |

Aimed at helping travellers staying in holiday rentals and settling into a place for a while, Price Check is a series of posts in which we reported every two weeks on the prices of groceries (no, not only beer) at each destination we stayed on our yearlong grand tour. This post is a comparison of …

Cullen Skink, Venison loin, Scottish Dinner Party

2018-11-26T19:59:48+07:00By |

When I put out a call on Twitter for ideas as to what I should make in Edinburgh for my series The Dish, about the quintessential dishes of the places we visit, Scottish chef Gary Robinson (former personal chef to Prince Charles and former chef of Mezzanine, one of our favourite restaurants in Dubai) suggested that I …

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