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You can "simulate" renting some warm clothing in Frankfurt. There is an Oxfam shop in Sachsenhausen, about a 20 - 25 minute walk or about EUR 12 for a taxi from the central train station. Oxfam is a charity that sells used clothing (among other things) for a very cheap price. Assuming that warmth takes priority over fashion and you are flexible on size, ...


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Just looking at the domain name: homeaway-eu.com - registered in 2018 registrar: NAMECHEAP INC registered by: information hidden email account hosted by: privateemail.com (which is a product of NameCheap domain registrar, essentially it's a 1 minute job to create an email account there) Whereas: homeaway.com - registered in 1998 registrar: MarkMonitor, ...


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It is VERY popular in Poland that you book accommodation directly with the landlord via email or a phone. Most of so called "private accommodation" (kwatery prywatne) are not listed on booking.com or airbnb, because prices in Poland are still quite low and the fees would increase it. The website looks legitimate, so I'd say there's no big risk. On the other ...


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This is a scam. There are several red flags. With one of them, I'd be highly suspicious. With the trifecta, it's definitely a scam. Using a slightly different domain name which is one of many possible variations on the company's main domain name. Sometimes it's the same name with a different toplevel name (e.g. company.com and company.eu), but those are ...


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This situation has a couple strong parallels to common housing scams. Rental scam #1 – the cloned listing This is one of the most popular Craigslist rental scams, perhaps because it’s so cheap to execute. The scammer copies and pastes information from a legitimate rental ad, and then offers a price that’s literally “too good to be true.” If ...


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According to the wayback machine, the contact number for this site in 2013 was +48 666 111 001 which is the same as it is today. They were also renting out the place in 2013 and have the same photos. If you call that number and get to speak to someone who you can confirm is the same person the booking was made with, I'd be pretty confident it's not a scam. ...


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At least the most telltale warning signs are missing. First, it contains Polish, German and English which is to be expected because Germans are one of the main tourists (and Masuria is really beautiful). The German is very good and I can say from experience that scammers have severe problems with it. The address seems also to be correct, the Hotel Europa ...


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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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Yes, it may be very well worth to give it a try. Location based price differences are quite common in the travel industry and it is very much possible to save money by pretending to be somewhere else. Seeing that you are from Denmark, a specific example would be the Color Line ferry from Hirtshals to Larvik tonight at 22:15. If you try to book two persons ...


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I find it interesting that you consider "the bank transfer itself" to be a "Red Flag". In my opinion, that is the result of media attention on the bad instead of the good. To address your concern of overreaction, I have a theory that the proportion of completed bank transfers that are instigated with malicious intent is microscopically insignificant ...


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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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Sort of. It's simpler than that, and potentially far cheaper. You just need to be flexible. Services like Transfercar allow you to return cars for free, essentially. The idea is that generally more people travel in a particular direction when renting - the flow is not even. In New Zealand, for example, many renters get a car in Auckland (most common ...


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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'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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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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If you specifically mean a holiday on a canal narrow-boat, you need to do some research into your planned route. You can get advice, maps, etc, from the hire company. Bear in mind that the maximum legal speed is 4 miles per hour, and most hire boats will not exceed that my much even if you disregard the law. Also, you need to allow time for going through ...


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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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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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The main agencies are Blakes and Hoseasons, although most of the individual boatyards are now on the internet, and you might get a better deal if you contact them directly. Google 'boatyard' plus the region or the name of the waterway that you're interested in. You are allowed to drive the boat yourself and you don't need any kind of permit. If you haven't ...


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I could find a report on Portuguese tenancy law by Bremen University. While legal aspects regarding private rental may be quite different from tenancy laws, I assume it still serves as an indication here. Citing (p. 138 f., footnotes removed): Is the surveillance of certain parts (e.g. corridors) of the building lawful and usual? The legislation ...


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For medium term flat rentals (1-2 months) you could look to Airbnb which works in about any place by now. Probably cheaper would be if you can find a private place as a temporary short-term rental (Zwischenmiete in German) at WG-gesucht which is typically young people renting out their places while away for internships/vacations/... Now be aware that ...


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It is the norm for a landlord or his/her agent to have a key to an accommodation they own or rent. Landlord/tenant laws often include an access condition to the effect that they have to give the tenant advance notice before they enter. Were you to deny them access, locking them out by whatever means, you may violate your lease agreement. Depending upon ...


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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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Most bikes can take you 70km, that's not a very concrete criterion. There are two main classes of bicycles: "race" bikes and everyday transport bicycles. The difference is that on a transport bike, you sit much more upright and go much slower, racing bikes are mainly used for sport, have thin wheels, et cetera. Rental bikes are typically the slow type. The ...


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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 ID ...


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Answering Question B, to transact safely, use a platform with an escrow system. A reversible payment (credit card, PayPal), especially from someone in another country, brings the merchant a nontrivial fraud risk. A non-reversible payment (Western Union, MoneyGram) exposes the consumer to a parallel risk. This is why you hear time and time again to not ...


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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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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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