Affordable England

Fish and Chips at a Pub

“Affordable England” has been almost unthinkable in the past few years, with the pound at $2.00 at the start of 2008 (when we were in England), but on Friday the pound was below $1.60, making England more affordable to American tourists. The high for the pound was $2.11 in November 2007. On August 1 2008 the pound was at $1.97, then there was a steep dropoff to $1.75 by September 11 and $1.59 on Friday October 24. … Continue reading Affordable England

Please, Tell Us Who You Are!

Dear Vacation Rental Agency or Vacation Rental Owner, You put up a website full of information about your rentals and how to book them. Maybe you have given us pages of information about your area and the fun things we can do there. You may have told us the history of your farm and the buildings. But, you probably have not told us anything about you and the people who run your vacation rentals or … Continue reading Please, Tell Us Who You Are!

Affordable Accommodations in Europe

Argiano

The Sunday New York Times has an article about staying in Convents in Europe. New York Times, Monastic Doors Open for Travelers, by Jane Margolies, Oct 19, 2008 This detailed article lists great resources for finding and booking this less expensive type of European accommodation. The writer mentions an article that I wrote with Kathy Wood for SlowTrav  – You CAN Afford Europe This Year – where we give our favorite tips for doing less … Continue reading Affordable Accommodations in Europe

The Aspens are Gold in Santa Fe

Aspens

Summer didn’t just end, it dropped off a cliff – or so it seems. Last week was perfect fall weather – temps in the low 70s, sunny days, the Aspens up in the mountains are gold. We had snow on the mountains the week before. We drove up the Santa Fe Ski Hill on Thursday and took the chairlift up for the view. We have ridden dozens of chairlifts and gondolas in Switzerland, but had … Continue reading The Aspens are Gold in Santa Fe

Vacation Rental Pitfalls

Tower

Sure there are some bad vacation rentals out there, but most of them are good and staying in vacation rentals is a great way to travel – less expensive than most other options and more interesting (IMO). The New York Times published an article last weekend about one person’s very bad experience with a vacation rental that they rented directly from the owner. New York Times, Practical Traveler, Skirting the Pitfalls of Private Rentals, by … Continue reading Vacation Rental Pitfalls