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Many small hotels (self-described as minshuku or ryokan) are not bookable through the Internet. Such hotels often have availability even long after all of the Internet-bookable options have sold out. Booking is made by phone. Obviously, this require knowing some Japanese, as very few have English-speaking staff. The main difficulty is to find these small ...


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It's usually a number for how many people the place can accommodate. It's NOT always an indication of the number of beds. (Dictionary defintion - number 7 in this case): to accommodate for sleeping; have sleeping accommodations for For example, a 2 bedroom apartment I'm staying in during August sleeps arguably 8, but only has 4 beds - a double, a ...


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As so often, the answer is a combination of local tradition and economic reality. Most UK people who travel to the cottages are going for the whole week, the places which rent them out are geared to that and do not want to rent them out for shorter periods as that will result in the cottages standing empty, unpaid, for times that are too short for others to ...


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The answer to all three of your questions is "It depends". The only way you will get an answer is by asking the owner directly. If it's beoing offered on AirBNB, then my assumption is that it is being offered much the same as any holiday rental. In that sense, the answer to 1. can be inferred from if it is advertised as "whole property" or "private room". 2 ...


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This "feature" is called a "Security locker" or "In-room safe" (the latter usually being available in proper hotels, not hostels). You can filter based on that parameter on Hostelworld, for example: Usually the lockers will look something like this: They're divided into several types, ranging in their level of security: In-room safes, a metal box ...


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Why do they want item 3? Almost certaily so they can charge your card either now or in the future, and probably whether you show up or not. You should check what the cancellation terms etc are for this stay. You should also read this question, and note some of the risks involved in just emailing out your credit card details. As for ensuring the offer of ...


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You certainly have more than one option, when it comes to leaving your stuff so you can move around freely: You'd definitely want to ask to the personnel of your accomodation (hotel, hostel, apartment, etc.) if they can store your luggage until you are ready to leave. Most of the accomodations offer this kind of service and usually have a locked room, ...


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Houseboats and other liveaboard vessels are not uncommon on AirBnB, and they're as varied if not more so than every other type of accommodation. For all the questions listed, ask the owner, but here's a rough outline: Most liveaboards have basic cooking facilities. If you are self catering, expect everything to be smaller and more rudimentary than on dry ...


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There are actually two intertwingled questions here: First, virtually every country requires that (if requested) you demonstrate the ability to support yourself for the duration of your stay. For example, if you fly to the US and then declare at immigration that you only have $10 and intend to sleep on the streets for the next two months, you will ...


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As documented in the linked document: it excludes "those not renting the property as their main home", so as long as she can document an existing main home elsewhere, she should be fine whatever the case (and even more so for a short let). EU/EEA nationals have indefinite leave to remain, so can rent as long as they want by just showing their passport or ...


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I walked by the two official youth hostels in Macao the other day. They are both in nice spots on the south coast of the south Island very close to beaches and hiking opportunities in the hills. Both have a bus stop in front of them with direct bus routes to Macau downtown and the casino area in Cotai. All the links hippietrail is listing in his answer are ...


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A host can incur significant penalties if they cancel on you. Because cancellations can have serious implications on a guest's trip, there are penalties that will be applied for host cancellations. A cancellation fee. If you cancel any reservation within 7 days of check-in, you'll be charged a $100 fee. Additionally, if you cancel more than one ...


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I think much of this is due to the work involved. Whenever someone leaves the cottage, it has to be cleaned and prepared for the next guests. Then you have to arrange to meet the next guests, and pass on keys etc as required. Especially in rural areas, or on islands, many people will have several other jobs, eg working on the ferries, or on their croft. Or ...


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As I UK landlord, I would not to choose to rent a flat to someone that was only planning to stay in the UK for 6 months. There are a few issues. It costs me about half a month’s rent just to list a property on RightMove etc A property is normally empty for a few weeks after a tenant has left. This costs me lots in lost rent. The “right to rent” checks ...


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The historical city center is Saint Jean. Other parts still considered the center are Bellecour, la Croix Rousse, la Part Dieu. Villeurbanne is very close too.I went to college there and it's safe. To walk to the historic town from there take 40mn or so. Although there is a city limit and a sign between the two, you cannot "see" it. Streets just continue on ...


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In general, you don't tip the owner of anything, let alone a landlord. I have a Airbnb unit. You want to be nice to me? don't damage the unit or the furnishings if you have any problem, bring it up with me immediately. I had a guest last week who left his bicycle chained up in the pouring rain overnight rather than ask me for the combination to the ...


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I found myself in the same situation: my girlfriend is away from me and we try to travel often. So I've built a tool to search for flights to a common destination: http://destination.smoogly.ru/


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Generally yes, but you need to be aware that the local definition of "Off Season" can vary quite a bit. Most places have really busy times that you may not be aware off. Boston, for example, has "Marathon" in mid April and "College Graduation" in mid to end May where it's almost impossible to get a room and where rooms are quite expensive.


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I stayed in Cuba last summer. Accidentally, I found a reliable, safe and at the same time cheap casas particulares network. I wrote about it in my Spanish blog (sorry for the SPAM, but I thing it could be interesting to read it in Spanish or using a translator). To sum up: The 'head' of the network is in the Hamel Hostel (La Habana). It will cost 5 USD per ...


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If you have a car and camping gear, you can travel around southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, southern Utah for quite a while exploring all the parks and sites. For very little money. And spring is not bad time to explore the desert southwest. If you work your way further east to the southern states, spring is when the azaleas and dogwoods ...


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You can never eliminate all risk of a foreign rental, of course, other than by staying home. You can reduce risk by dealing with a large and trusted middleman (such as Airbnb) and with a provider that has a lot of positive feedback (whether literally internet-style feedback or reputation with a traditional rental agency). You see where I'm going here- ...


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How 'good' do you need it to be? A room at any of the major hotel chains will be a clean, comfortable sleeping spot. Smaller mom & pop places can be nice as well, I usually check their outside appearance first... clean parking lot, hanging plants, a bit of outside furniture. Most small motels will let you see the room before paying.


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Basically, yes. Traveling out of season you do not need to make reservations. But if you travel in the low/closed season you might find many places closed and the few that are open very popular and at times booked out when you want to stay. And when weekdays are low season already, the weekends might still be mid or even high season. Further more, you need ...


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The tourist tax is a legitimate tax, and it varies across Indonesia because it is applied at the local district level rather than as a national tax. Areas that are more likely to see tourist activity and do not have other income sources are those most likely to apply a tourist tax, with Bali being a prime example. The best source I've found for this ...


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To answer the question of accommodation accessible by public transportation, I found three hostels: - The international hostel of Forillon is located near the entrance of the Forillon park, i.e. near the intersection of road 132 and the Bd de Grande Grève. I did not try it but it is accessible with the ReGIM line 21 - The hostel La Merluche is located ...


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According to JFK Airport Guide: JFK’s terminals, parking lots and hotels operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and cover more than 880 acres. This helpful guide provides maps and other helpful information about our terminals, airlines, stores, restaurants, parking lots and more. I would imagine your relative would have no trouble checking into an ...


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Depends on your situation. Do you have to work and stay near your work place during this time, or are you on vacation or between jobs and free to go where ever you want? If you have a job, I would look into getting a hotel or motel near your work site for the time. Talk to the owner and you can probably work out a good deal if you take a room for at least 4 ...


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If you don't mind getting dirty at the start of your marriage (ahem), how would you feel about volunteering on an organic farm? WWOOFing WWOOF (WorldWide Opportunities on Organic Farms) is an organisation who facilitate volunteering on organic farms. Here's their US branch. The standard basic deal is, you get free food and accommodation on an organic ...


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If you want to go the homestay route (which I think would be by far the best in your situation), I have had luck on this site (but maybe that was just luck, I have used it only once). There is a small fee to be able to send e-mails to potential hosts (probably to cover the website costs), but you only need to do it for the first e-mail, after that they ...


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Most hotels and many hostels will have a space you can leave your luggage and collect it later. Enquire about this at the front desk. Some hotels even offer this service to non-residents (although usually for a fee in that case). In the event that you can't make use of this, for example the hotel doesn't offer the serivce, you are staying in self-catering ...



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