A Special Kerala Homestay in Alleppey’s Backwaters

I’d been sitting with Anneena for an hour discussing everything from Frozen to the dangers of hiking drunk. She also told me she hopes to be a paediatrician when she grows up, but not a politician as they have a tendency to get shot. The whole conversation was in English (including the word paediatrician) and at times … Read more

The Best Tokyo AirBnBs: 19 Awesome Places to Stay in Tokyo

Tokyo has some incredible hotels, but one of the most reasonably priced ways to stay there is to choose an AirBnB. There are all sorts of options, from traditional Japanese houses to modern apartments. And if you don’t mind sharing, you could stay in a guestroom in someone’s home. We’ve curated a collection of some … Read more

The Most Beautiful AirBnBs in Santa Cruz, California

Santa Cruz has the ocean, the city, the forest and the mountains, and no matter which one you choose, there are some gorgeous places to stay. We’ve included some hotel options in our things to do in Santa Cruz post, and here’s our pick of the best Santa Cruz AirBnBs. They’re an excellent way to … Read more

Best hip boutique hotels in San Francisco - Hotel Emblem

14 Best Hip Boutique Hotels in San Francisco

San Francisco is one of my favourite cities in the world – a progressive hotspot, rich in counterculture, arts and beauty. It’s a city that gives birth to creativity of every kind, and makes for an intoxicating place to visit. Historically, it has lacked creative hotels, but is now hot on the heels of Portland, … Read more

Things to do in Santa Barbara: Lotus Land

The Best Things to Do in Santa Barbara: A Handpicked City Guide

Santa Barbara is nicknamed the American Riviera, and oh my is it gorgeous. Apparently Oprah has a house there, and also Rob Lowe, Tom Cruise, Whoopi Goldberg, Ellen DeGeneres, and the list goes on. To be honest, this made me a little wary of it – I thought it might be a little too polished … Read more

Air BnB Plus Melbourne

What is AirBnB Plus? And why we love it.

We’ve long been fans of AirBnB, using it both as travellers and hosts. For us, it was a natural step up from our couchsurfing days and offered all the benefits of an apartment rental service, but with oodles more character. We tend to choose places owned by artists and people working in the creative industries, … Read more

Road Trip Portugal - Porto-Santa Cruz-Lisbon

Road Trip: Portugal in 10 Days (Porto to Lisbon)

The wild Atlantic coast, sounds of fado and elegant tiled architecture are just a few of the ways that Portugal enchants and beckons travellers. It’s a place you can appreciate by just being there, soaking in its rich and varied history, from the Celts to the Visigoths, the Christians and the explorers, which means if … Read more

Unique Stays: Travellers Pick the Best Hotels in Japan

Japan is one of the most wildly creative places in the world, famed for its futuristic, kitsch design as well as its rich, traditional heritage. It’s a place of contrasts that’s echoed in its design style and places to stay: on one end of the scale, you can find yourself in a minimal, zen-like ryokan, … Read more

Best Joshua Tree Cabins: Dome in the Desert

The Most Beautiful (and Hipster) Joshua Tree AirBnB Cabins

Joshua Tree is a bohemian wilderness of otherworldly landscapes and esoteric vibes, which has lately become a hotbed for hipsters looking to escape the urban grind. Artists and the design-conscious are setting up home and creating an array of stylish cabins, many of which are available to rent on AirBnB. I was completely overwhelmed by … Read more

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Handpicked City Guide: 14 things to do in Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach is famed for its beautiful beaches and world-class art, making it the ideal place for a beach vacation with a spot of culture too. Spend the days relaxing on some of the California coast’s most beautiful beaches and then wander the town’s myriad galleries and public art. There are plenty of things to … Read more