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There's a simple third option -- don't change your booking. You've booked it for a month, so it's yours for a month, it's not the host's problem if you leave before the full month is up.


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The Bike Rental in London supports casual hire, which is aimed at tourists. You can buy either online, or using a credit/debit card at the docking station. The casual hire page even has a handy set of instructions in photo gallery form!


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In German cities you can use "Call a Bike" from the Deutsche Bahn. You need only a credit card to open the lock of the bike. You can drive wherever you want and leave it wherever you want. There are a iPhone and Android-App, too. More details at: http://www.callabike-interaktiv.de/index.php?id=401& (unfortunately only in German, but maybe you'll find an ...


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Copenhagen has "city bikes" available for use by anybody. You can pick them up from one of the bike racks scattered across town, insert a 20DKK coin as a deposit, and off you go. You get the 20DKK back when you return the bike to a bike stand. Copenhagen city bike website The only negative thing I found when using them was that they were very popular and ...


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In Brussels, there's a network of 2500 bicycles available spread over 180 stations, run by Villo. You can buy day-tickets for 1,5 euro, week-tickets for 7 euro, or a year-subscription for 30 euro. Further there's a similar rule like in Paris, you have to bring the bike back every 30 minutes, or you pay extra. You can pay at every station using a bank ...


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TL;DR: Hire only on the days you're likely to need it. You'll almost certainly want a car if you want to get out of the city (Marin, Santa Cruz, Napa, redwoods etc), but if all you're doing is exploring the city, a car is unlikely to be worth the hassle. Getting around the city center with a combination of public transport, Uber and your own feet is easy, ...


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There are many thousands of vacation rental websites. HomeAway is the largest player in the industry and owns 31 of these sites, but there are thousands of more sites, making it really hard to see all the rental choices for a town in one place. The solution to that is a search engine that searches the vacation rental sites for you (like Kayak for flights). ...


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Dublinbikes offers a 3 Day Ticket for EUR 2. The first half-hour is free, you should pay a small amount if you use the bike longer. You should also know that: On subscription, you also authorise the provider to request a €150 guarantee from your account.This amount will not be debited unless the bike is not returned after a period of 24 hours.


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In Paris, all you need is a credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Blue Visa). It will charge you 1.70€ for the entire day, provided you return the bicycle every 30 minutes. Renting it for 30-60 minutes will set you back €1, but be aware that longer rental periods can be a bit expensive. You only need to drop the bike back for 2 minutes before you can take it ...


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Yes, it is possible to hire motorbikes in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. I haven't done this myself but some friends did. It costs about 200-800 baht per day to hire one depending on the type of motorcycle you get. It might make sense to buy one from an expat or a another traveller, then sell it when (if?) you go back to Thailand. You will definitely need to have ...


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I suspect all the commercial ones will be the same price - they always are in Oxford However, almost all (all?) the colleges will have punts, either their own ones, or ones they've rented for the whole season. If you know someone from a college, and it's not too popular a day, they should be able to book a college one for free / cheap (depends on the ...


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Almost all of the vacation rental sites are owned by the same company (HomeAway, which just went public, by the way) and many of them are literally using the same software and searching the same database. It's a hard problem in general because there are so many vacation rentals on the market and they're all different, unique, individual flowers.


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In the Netherlands you can rent a bicycle at almost any railway station for €6,50 per day. They require a deposit. Depending on the model the deposit ranges between €50 - 145. Credit card use in the Netherlands is not that common, so often you need to bring cash to rent a bike. On this site you can find the station and the telephone number.


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There's an Airbud interpretation of laws that goes along the lines of "There's no rule that says a dog can't play football". Or in XKCD's interpretation: There's a great Canadian article on it on Canada.com, where it comes down to being 'murky'. They point out the NYC rule, as well as when a landlord says you can't let your place out, or finds out you ...


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I've done this several times, renting a flat in Berlin for some weeks up to about a month. Over the years, my platforms of choice have been wg-gesucht.de and zwischenmiete.de. The first one of those had more offers than the second one when I last used it in December 2012. A lot of offers were available on both platforms. On these platforms you find ...


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In Ljubljana, Slovenia, they implemented bike service last month. You use it with smart card, which can be purchased at newsstands or special machines located at bus stations. After you buy the card, you have to register via internet (you need credit card). It's free if you check in your bike at a station after an hour. Here it is, explained into details: ...


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In Oslo, Norway, tourists can rent a bike at the Tourist Information Center(s). The price is NOK 80/day, which is about $15 USD. More info can also be found on this page.


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Of course it's legal to ask for anything. It's up to you whether you give it up. Ultimately, they want to get their bike back and in working condition and to be paid for the rental and any damage. A passport is one of the only things a foreign tourist will value enough to ensure adherence to the agreement. On the flip side, the proprietor wants to make the ...


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There is a system in Wrocław, Poland. There are 31 stations in the city. First 20 minutes is free, but you need to register first at http://www.nextbike.pl/ where you need to make a small (1 PLN) bank transfer to authorize yourself, and then you also need a mobile phone or a paypass debit/credit card to unlock the bike.


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In Lyon there is such a service (Vélo'v). You will be able to get a short-term card but only if your payment card comes with a chip. If it only has a magnetic band you cannot buy the card.


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If it's a rented out house like on Airbnb.com or a homestay of some sort, then you could leave a review on Tripadvisor. Otherwise, this question is something that falls outside the scope of what travellers have to face. Renting a place typically requires some kind of security deposit, contracts, et al that is not the concern of travellers.


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The answers above are not only generic, but inaccurate for Thailand. First and most important question is whether you are actually renting a motorcycle ("big bike") or a scooter ("motorbike"). For scooters, you can always leave a copy of your passport. It is not an issue anywhere. But for motorcycles, you pretty much have to leave your passport. There ...


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This is definitely a good idea. Cycling in Amsterdam is such an experience and can be a bit stressful in rush hours in the city center; hence, riding it through the country side can be more pleasant. There are many companies renting bikes in Amsterdam. In general, the longer the opening hours and the more central the location, the more expensive they will ...


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Gothenburg (Sweden) has 50 bicycle stations spread through the center which are perfect for tourists. You can get a seasonal (250 SEK) or 3-day ticket (10 SEK). You can even grab a bike for 30 minutes without paying anything. The bikes are removed during winter time (October 31st - April 1st). The city itself has many bike lanes which make it a nice place to ...


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Many cities in Denmark offer free bikes with only a 20 DKK (3-4 US$) deposit. This include: Copenhagen Aarhus Aalborg Frederikshavn (Danish link) Also a similar, but non-free, service is offered in Odense (Danish link).


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you could try couchsurfing.org or hospitalityclub.org ; people there often have a spare room, and if you can pay for it they might be happy to give you a place for a few weeks and not just for a few days. Otherwise try gumtree.co.uk , or http://www.spareroom.co.uk/.


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This turns out to be surprisingly nuanced. In short, while officially discouraged, short-term rentals are legal, or at least not illegal, in Singapore. The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the Singapore government body responsible for private housing, makes it quite clear that: Private residential properties or their rooms within the premises ...


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There is a bike rental at the Hauptbahnhof which offers rental of wheelchairs (although they don't specify, so I guess it's the non-electric ones), handbikes and electric scooters. There are some details including pictures and prices for the electric scooters on the website of the city of Cologne. The price is 10 € for 3 hours or 20 € per day plus a deposit ...


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Personal experience in Ireland (and generally with car hires, but not with Hertz Ireland) says: the credit card must be in the name of the driver and not be a prepaid one. There's three options to possibly get around that: Ask the company to take the money that would usually be only be "reserved" on your credit card from your debit card and refund it once ...



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