Archive of ‘ Budget travel ’
People-to-People: pre-internet Couchsurfing
no responses - Posted 10.16.12

Over the last couple of months, I turned detective. I long had the idea to re-visit Jim Haynes’s fantastic People-to-People series from the early 1990s and, finally, this summer I was in Europe with time to take on a new project. “Why do you have a little book about Poland in your hand?” my editor […]

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AirBnB buys Crashpadder
no responses - Posted 03.22.12

The growth of AirBnB from Jan 2011 to Jan 2012 “Untold thanks to our incredible community. It’s been emotional. @airbnb, it’s over to you..” So read the last tweet of the UK’s biggest peer-to-peer accommodation site, Crashpadder. And that’s it. Over and out. They’ve sold up to ever-hungry AirBnB for an undisclosed sum. “As part […]

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Going Local is ‘hot’
5 responses - Posted 03.09.12

Elle Magazine has named GoingLocalTravel.com as number three on its ‘hot list’ of ten websites that explore new trends in tourism, namely looking at ways travellers can stay in the homes of locals and bypass the traditional hotel.

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AirBnB: Should you warn your neighbours?
no responses - Posted 01.12.12

There is an interesting article on the Betabeat site this week looking at how AirBnB users could be upsetting their neighbours. It’s a question worth asking. People using the phenomenally popular site to rent out their own self-contained house, that’s one thing. But giving a stream of people the keys to an apartment block with […]

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Mutiny aboard the good ship Couchsurfing
11 responses - Posted 09.02.11

Big news came last week in the announcement that Couchsurfing.com had decided to abandon its non-profitmaking roots and accept £4.7m of venture capital. I wrote about it for the Guardian here: Not-for-profit Couchsurfing becomes a company (with a conscience) Some members are angry about the move and protest groups have already been formed on the […]

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Bogotá: the culture, cuisine and cool factor
5 responses - Posted 08.24.11

I’m over the idea of getting thrills from Bogotá because it feels daring and dangerous to go there. Bogotá is exciting in its own way. Not everyone is bowled over by it instantly, but that’s what I like about it. I’m not much into standard sightseeing and, despite two visits, I still haven’t even been […]

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Ecuador for students (and others)
1 response - Posted 04.26.11

Here’s my tip written for student travellers on today’s Guardian.co.uk. Ecuador is considered one of the best places to learn Spanish in Latin America because of the clear accent and low prices. I enjoyed my stay at Quito’s Secret Garden Hostel, a place that is quite rightly proud of its terrace’s panoramic views over the […]

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Staying with locals: the update
1 response - Posted 01.24.11

Here’s an update stay with the locals schemes that I wrote for yesterday’s Guardian travel section.  The aim of the piece was to look at what was new in the field and how the site’s are developing. It ran alongside a piece about an interesting, new homestay project in India and an account by one […]

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End-of-year round-up: 2010
no responses - Posted 01.07.11

Photo: Picada at La Casona de Carlos Keen. Copyright: Vicky Baker Busy times at the end of 2010 meant my blog posts tailed off a little bit. Usually I like to use this blog to expand on articles I have written elsewhere, or go off at a related tangent, but, for now, here’s a simple […]

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Top ten bargain hotels in South America
no responses - Posted 10.25.10

Here’s a slightly belated link to a piece I wrote in last week’s Observer magazine about good-value hotels across South America. It was good to be able to tip some little-known gems and places too. Cabo Polonio, Ollantaytambo and Valparaiso may trip of the tongue if you have travelled in South America, but to the […]

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