If you’re like me, you’re always searching out ways to connect more authentically with an area, when you travel. I don’t relish the types of vacations where I hole up in a fancy hotel on a strip next to other fancy hotels, and eat at touristy, low-quality, over-priced restaurants, while checking off a ‘top 10 ‘ must see sights list. Sure, a fancy hotel is nice once and a while, but I’d rather have a fancy beach-side villa, for the same price, with a kitchen, a yard, and extra bedrooms… !… Read more
Whether you’re a family looking to rent a house, a solo traveler looking to rent a room in a shared flat, or a group of friends looking for non-hotel accommodation, Airbnb has become the go-to these days for people searching for unique vacation accommodation.
However, as Airbnb grows in size and popularity, the properties also become more expensive and they book up much faster. Add to this, that the % of money you lose if you cancel, is hefty (on long term rentals it’s 100%!) and it makes sense to use other sites to make sure you’re getting the best quality-price-location possible (of course sometimes you just have to accept that non-hotel options carry higher financial risks along with their lower prices and additional features…).… Read more
This is a re-published post, from a guest-post I did for Amanda’s Wanderlust about my discovery of the lovely Eynesham Hall last June, while driving around Oxfordshire, England with a friend, and taking random turns down roads just to see what we could find.
I’ve always been enchanted with England. First, with the images conjured up within the pages of my favorite childhood books, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Secret Garden, and The Hobbit, and later with even more fascinating imagery found in classic British literature, on television and in movies.
The idea of wet, green countryside dotted with manors, castles, and thatched roof cottages, tea time and The Royal Family, were enchanting to a little American girl growing up in a small, farmer town in the Central Valley of California
Throw in magic, folklore, and legend (C.S.… Read more