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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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While there's always an inherent possible risk with these types of sites (VBRO, AirBnb, even hostel websites) - for the most part, they work fine - otherwise they wouldn't work! Always look at any reviews on the property/owner - if any, and see if there have been any noted problems in the past. Perhaps Google the address or property as well, just to make ...


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I would recommend: AirBNB VacationRentals.com VRBO.com HomeAway


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I've had a look at a few US based RV hire websites, and they all seem to say the same thing. That is, for normal sized RVs you need to be over 21, you need to have held your license for over a year, and for Europeans you need an International Driving Permit if your license isn't in English (which I guess your Belgian one won't be). Very large RVs, and those ...


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I personally would also rate Islington over Kensington - surely it'll be substantially cheaper too. I prefer south of the river (Putney, Southfields) but you may feel that's too far out. Poplar is quite a distance and frustrating if you find the DLR line is down. Islington (and to an extent Kensington) is close enough to walk into town even if buses ...


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The license held restriction is normally required by the insurance companies the rental places use. If you haven't had your license very long, then you're considered a higher risk due to the lack of experience. You should find that some places will have a different insurance policy that can be offered, which would let you ride with your license, but likely ...


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Amsterdam, like all big cities, is expensive. Any rental apartments will be rented out to expat workers quickly, you're unlikely to find any (and they tend to be bloody expensive). Your best bet is to find a hotel in another city and commute in by train. Leiden, Almere, maybe Amersfoort of Hilversum are all not far from Amsterdam. Leiden is a nice old city ...


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There is a local website called Stay Amsterdam. You can also take a look at Roomorama or AirBnb.


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By law, it is illegal for businesses in Thailand to hold foreigners' passports in exchange for renting them scooters, motorcycles, jet skis or anything else. Under current legislation (Feb. 2013) any Thai business found in possession of a foreign passport will be prosecuted as technically the passport is the property of the government of the country who ...


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We are usually traveling with our 3 year old kids. In all other area's of France we just go unprepared. Finding either a bed & breakfast or a holiday rental is relatively easy and in the summer we just go camping. This is not the case in the south of France, especially in the summer months. I have good experiences with Google maps and Tripadvisor to ...


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As a ballpark only (as it's not in Wellington), All Secure has a 'travellers' deal on their website which is $40/month for a 1 metre cubic Self Storage locker. So given your "$50 or $500", the answer is $50 - although I suspect you may find that most places will potentially charge a little more if you're only looking for a single month. I have a storage ...


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I have travelled along Australia's east coast between Sydney and Byron Bay on various trips in a camper van. Sydney beaches tend to be more crowded and often require payment for parking. Camping is specifically not allowed here. There are council rangers. Do not stay for free until you are north of the Hawkesbury River. Once you are out of Sydney, you ...


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I believe it would be smarter to book a room in a hostel if the place you go to has one. I remember the pressure I had when coming to Canada in a town where the only place I could stay was a hotel where I should pay $100 per night. I chose a place to stay mostly because I had no place to stay for the next night. But first in Canada you can easily sublet a ...


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I found two rental companies apparently located in San José, Costa Rica: Wild Rider (US$55-80 per day, minimum 3 days) Costa Rica Motorcycle Tours (US$90-145 per day) Prices as of April 5, 2012.


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There are plenty of motor cycle hire places in Thailand, when I say plenty, I mean hundreds and thousands of them. Don't book online, just find one when you are there, it will be cheaper and it will allow you to check out the motor bikes before hiring it. If you are ever asked to leave your passport, simply say that you need it to exchange traveler's ...


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http://www.patagonianexpeditionrace.com/ includes kayak hire and appears to be cheaper than the price you have. You could enter that. Or you could ask them where they hire their kayaks from as it must be cheaper than what you have been quoted.


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Since this area is very touristy, not speaking French is not a major problem. You shall find people speaking a least bit of English in most places. I do not really know a place to stay that would be more kid-friendly (how old is the kid, do you expect specific facilities such as playground near the place?). Since you will need a car to move around anyway, ...


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Post in your blog if you already have a blog or create a blog on a free blogging service if you don't already have one (like WordPress or Tumblr) and post your review of the place there with as much detail as you can (such as address, VRBO reference number). Chances are that if someone is searching for reviews of the place with specific terms, it will show ...


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You could go to Yudonosan. It's just a bit further but distance wise the closest to Gassan with a ski rental service. The tricky bit here is that there is no train access to this place. you need to have a car or take a taxi (17km from Gassan train station). Since the season there ended in March however, I do not know if they are still open when you go there. ...


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Renting a motorboat is quite expensive here. One of the best deal I managed to found that barely meets your criteria is in Gaeta. The site is quite shitty and it's Italian only so here is what it says: Gommone "Joker Boat" 5.5 mt, renting from 8:30 to 18:30. Prices are without fuel: May - June: 120 € July: 130 € August: 140 € September 120 € You better ...



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