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I’m Now One of Those People: A Traveler with an Airbnb Horror Story

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/18/2018, 3:00 PM

It didn’t happen because I’m a careless idiot, or a very picky, persnickity traveler. It happened because I’m a (bit) lazy. I was heading to Chicago for work and an unrelated convention had sent hotel prices through the roof. To save a great deal of money, I decided to book a room in the apartment of a friendly-looking lady who has cats. (OK, the real reason was the cats—yes, I’m that kind of mid...

Barcelona Unveils Website for Finding Legal Apartment Rentals

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/18/2018, 8:45 PM

Barcelona has been cracking down on illegal apartment rentals lately. The Spanish city has closed about 2,000 of them for operating without a license, and slapped Airbnb with a fine of €600,000 (US$700,000) for allowing listings for unlicensed apartments on its website. The company has since agreed to ban illegal rentals in Barcelona—though it has yet to pay the fine. Airbnb's move hasn't kept ...

New Booking Site for Clothing-Optional Stays

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/09/2018, 12:00 AM

We're strong believers in packing light—all that luggage will only slow you down—but the champions in that department have got to be those who are fond of vacationing in the nude. After all, once they reach their destinations, they don't need much more than towels and sunscreen (take that, airline baggage fees!). Those carefree and, we assume, frequently chilly travelers now have a new online res...

Hugely Popular European Destination Bans Apartment Rentals

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/27/2018, 8:00 PM

Between 2015 and 2017, illegal vacation rentals, fueled by services such as Airbnb, shot up 50%. As a consequence, rent for locals skyrocketed 40%. For a small Mediterranean island without suburbs to expand to, what is there to do? If you're governing Majorca, an internationally beloved getaway in the Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain, you impose a life-ruining fine of €400,000 (US $485,000...

The Ever-Expanding Footprint of Airbnb and What It Means

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/05/2018, 6:00 AM

With speed more head-spinning than Linda Blair's in The Exorcist, Airbnb has been growing and changing and growing once again. In just the past 18 months or so, it has added online guidebook-style material, a section for luxury rentals, another that filters for “unusual” digs, and, most surprisingly, actual hotels. In the latter category, Airbnb will be growing exponentially in the coming months: I...

Airbnb Just Made Planning Group Trips a Lot Easier

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/04/2017, 12:00 AM

Humans have always traveled in packs. But booking this style of travel online has always been difficult—few sites allow users to divvy up payments among several travelers.    Airbnb to the rescue. The short-term rental marketplace announced last week that it is modifying its website and app to allow groups to reserve accommodations so that no one member will be left holding the bag. Here's...

One Key to a Successful European Vacation Is Planning Several Months Ahead

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 10/10/2017, 12:15 AM

When is it best to begin planning your trip to Europe? Though some of the experts disagree, the majority of them say just after the start of the new year, when airline tickets tend to be priced at their lowest level. The optimum advance period is 120 days (four months), which means that a smart traveler purchases those tickets in January or February for a vacation in May or June. What about a t...

The Travel Industry Steps Up for Hurricane Harvey—And Rewards Those Who Help

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/29/2017, 10:00 AM

As Biblical flood scenes flash across T.V. screens, and the battered residents of Texas brace for a clean-up of massive proportions, help is on its way from the travel industry. We’ve heard about a number major companies that are doing their bit for those affected by the storm and reward travelers who help. Airbnb: To aid those who would give shelter to evacuating Texans, Airbnb is allowing would-...

Airbnb Now Has More Rooms Than the Top 5 Hotel Companies Combined

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/17/2017, 12:00 AM

Airbnb passed a big milestone recently. The San Francisco-based home-sharing service now has more than 4 million listings in 191 countries. That's more inventory than what the world's five biggest hotel companies have combined.  Let that sink in: With all the rooms available from Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide, InterContinental Hotels Group, Wyndham Worldwide, and Hyatt Hotels Corporat...

Eight Observations About Travel That May Be of Use for Your Next Vacation

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/21/2017, 12:00 AM

Quick thoughts on Airbnb, Disneyland, airlines, Cuba, Washington's National Museum of African American History and Culture, and other recent travel developments...

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