Intrigued by Airbnb or HomeAway? Some tips on how to rent out your house safely.
Note: Techcrunch came out with a story yesterday about a blogger who reported that her house was ransacked when an Airbnb client stayed at her house. Weeks ago, Frommer’s had asked me to write this home rental safety column in response to the original post. The victim, known only as EJ on her blog, never [...]
Crossing the Canadian border? A few tips to make the process less painful.
This post previously appeared on Frommers.com As we packed for a recent road trip to Vancouver, I gave my bags an extra look. Something seemed to be missing. But what? “Did you remember our passports?” my husband called out. D’oh. I grabbed the documents and put them in my purse for easy access. The Canadian [...]
Going on an overseas roadtrip? Some tips for renting a car when you’re on an international vacation.
This article previously appeared on Frommers.com When our Alfa Romeo sedan scraped against a medieval wall in Montepulciano, my heart sank. Then I remembered that I had added collision insurance to our Italian car rental — and relaxed as we navigated the narrow Tuscan streets. Renting vehicles overseas has a few more pitfalls for Americans than [...]
When you go is almost as important as where you go: Tips for scheduling summer travel plans
This post previously appeared on Frommers.com In Napa Valley, Highway 29 (the main artery of wine country) is already filling up with cars on weekends — and it’s not even Memorial Day. Looking for a reservation at one of Yountville’s famed Michelin-starred restaurants? According to OpenTable (www.opentable.com), most times are already taken for the upcoming three-day weekend. [...]