I know, I know… you don’t like the idea of staying in a stranger’s home. “It might be dangerous,” says that voice in your head that sounds a lot like your mother. But on the other hand, how many times have you been disappointed by a hotel room that wasn’t as advertised? How many hospitality establishments felt flat-out inhospitable? After all, we’ve all seen Psycho.
In truth, Airbnb, a site in which real people all over the world list their own rooms for sublet, can give you more security than hotels. For starters, Air BnB reimburses its users on any breach of contract made through the site. So if the listing promised a hot tub and the hot tub broke that week, someone’s got your back. Try getting that deal at a hotel without kicking and screaming.
Just like hotels, the listings range from affordable to luxurious. Some people make good money renting out spaces on Airbnb, and often hostels and bed and breakfasts will put up their own listings on the site. Shared rooms, private rooms, private apartments and private houses are all available, with amenities commensurate with how much you’re willing to pay. There’s also a user review system for both guests and hosts, so it’s easy to separate the beloved spots from the unreliable ones.
Airbnb offers better deals than hotels, access to kitchens if you prefer cooking for yourself and hosts happy to give you suggestions and directions if you don’t know much about where you are. The era of hotels dominating the tourism industry is coming to an end.
It’s been almost three years since Category 5 Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, wreaking havoc on the island and leaving most residents without electricity and clean water. Tourism, which accounts for 6.5 percent of Puerto Rico’s gross domestic product, took a beating, with hotels closed for year-long repairs, airlines cutting service and cruise lines shifting itineraries to other Caribbean destinations. Timing for the hurricane couldn’t have been worse, coming on the heels of the government’s announcement in May 2017 that it was unable to pay more than $70 billion in public debt and thus forced to file for bankruptcy. Large protests and a change of government would follow. Then, in January 2020, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked the south side of the island, forcing San Juan restaurants to close while power was restored. And as we write this story, coronavirus runs rampant across the globe with severe economic implications for all destinations, including Puerto Rico.
You’ve booked your flights, you’ve found your hotel, you’ve spent the last six months dreaming about your trip. One problem? You don’t know what to do once you get there. If only there was an app that acted as your own personal tour guide, that led you to the city’s top sights and hidden gems, helping you make remarkable discoveries …
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Sleeping comes with difficulty for some travelers. Sleeping is a must when traveling, but especially for people with nausea, fear of flying, motion sickness, claustrophobia or anxiety. Sleeping helps some people cope better with the flight, too. There are some sleep aids that can help people with whatever the issue is, while some need to be prescribed, others are over-the-counter drugs that one can get without hassle.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan. With flights from the United States to Japan and all of Asia, it's the perfect airline to book your next trip with. From ANA's amazing in-flight food to its excellent customer service, it comes as no surprise ANA has been awarded five stars for its seventh consecutive year by the SKYTRAX World Airline Rating.
The 1985 song “One Night in Bangkok” mentions many of the overindulgences of this city. One of them is massage parlors. Today, however, a Thai massage is considered an activity that improves one’s physical and mental well-being. The city has shed its former reputation as a place of wild nightlife and decadence, over the past few decades emerging as a major center for international commerce, wellness initiatives and tourism.