Managing your Airbnb guests expectations – it’s the little things that count

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Having rented many houses and stayed in a couple of Airbnb places I know that it’s the little things that count.

For example, when travelling to Wellington in New Zealand our Airbnb hosts allowed us to come straight off an overnight plane, drop our bags around 8.00 am and have a quick shower before a day of meetings.

Another host in Brooklyn, New York was happy for us to check out late so we could catch up on work and then head straight to the airport.

There are a number of expectations to consider managing and suggestions if you are an Airbnb host.

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Future UK holiday and catch up on those place we missed!

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This blog post is different.  It’s not about a holiday or an experience I’ve had, it’s an outline of a future holiday that I’m working towards.

When the Perry family travelled overseas in 2012 we had around 3 weeks and loads to fit in.  With this future holiday I’d like to catch up on those places we missed and consider a couple of different options.  You might like to post your ideas and recommendations too.

Flying to London, I’d choose a stop over in Singapore if flying with Qantas or Dubai if flying with Emirates, hopefully I have lots of frequent flyer points I can use like our 2012 holiday. Read More

Lazy Ballerina, K1, Three Brothers Arms, Longview and Royal Oak

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Having read, heard and talked about wineries and pubs in the Kuitpo, Meadows and Macclesfield area my husband planned a surprise mystery tour for me on the Monday of the recent long weekend – yes he listens really well! Scott likes to trick me though so we seemed to be going in another direction, pulling off the road at different places along the way that weren’t the right places and taking an interesting route.

First stop was the gorgeous Lazy Ballerina with pretty grounds, a modern cellar door and a down to earth approach to wine making. After trying a number of wines we each had a glass of white and pink moscato with a rustic tasting plate featuring cheeses, crackers, pear, grapes, almonds, olives and local dips. Read More

What can you do in 30 hours on Kangaroo Island?

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Getting up early on a Sunday morning is worth it when you are travelling across to Kangaroo Island (KI) in South Australia for a 30 hour mini break.  With the drive from Happy Valley to Cape Jervis to board the 10.00 am Sealink ferry taking about 1 hour and 15 minutes you need to leave at least 30 minutes to check in and for your driver to see the car on board too.

The trip across Backstairs Passage was fairly choppy as it was a very windy day and there is the opportunity to walk around the ferry from the inside lounge and kiosk area up onto the top deck or outside onto the bow of the ferry, port or starboard.  It takes 45 minutes on the ferry and then we arrived at Penneshaw a cute and welcoming little seaside village.
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Aunty Wendy’s Fairy Adventure

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For Annabel’s birthday she wanted a fairy adventure and it just so happened that the Fairy Magic Show was on in Gluttony for the Adelaide Fringe this year.

All dressed up and with great excitement we waited for the fairy show which started once we were seated with a beautiful opening song by Fairy Lee.

A very pretty fairy, she was extremely magical too, turning a guinea pig into a large rabbit, disappearing doves away, making flowers grow and butterflies flutter.

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Aunty Wendy’s Aquatic Adventure

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Christmas school holidays means that the kids experienced a couple of adventures with one just before Christmas at the State Aquatic Centre.

Uncool Scott and Aunty Wendy were pretty brave taking all four kids Charlie, Annabel, Jack and Ethan swimming.

Arriving at the pool you can see the large playground equipment and water slide that snakes around the outside of the building.  With a huge bucket at the top of the main play structure it fills up and then tips all over the kids (and adults) below.

 

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Airlie Beach for Australia Day 2015

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With workshops in Mackay on the Thursday prior, the 2015 Australia Day weekend was the ideal opportunity to visit one of my favourite locations, Airlie Beach.

Driving up to Airlie, I had visited the August 2014 before with Scott, Mum and Dad, but only for 1 night.  On that visit we stayed at a fantastic hotel, Boathouse Apartments by Outrigger on the marina, and this time we had an apartment with a view at Peppers.

On the Friday afternoon we checked out the main street albeit with the weather being very steamy and local places like Magnums where we had a cheap meal and listened to a good local duo. Read More

Gold Coast Mini Break – something different

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On the back of a conference in the Gold Coast, we had a few days as a mini break with my parents joining Scott, Jess and I.

When we picked up Mum and Dad, Scott had them believing that the accommodation wasn’t that great… it was anything but that!  Kirra Beach Surf Apartments staying in the 3 bedroom, 2 storey penthouse meant amazing views of the beach and surrounds – 180 degrees.

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Combining a bit of work and meetings with a mini break saw us fit in half day activities.  Having been to the Gold Coast quite a number of times before we didn’t go to the theme parks but aimed to find different sorts of activities to do. Read More

Mildura Houseboat Adventure

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Hiring a houseboat for the weekend in winter (June-July 2014) means that you’ll get a very good price and lots of choice, and probably with good weather because you are in the Riverland.

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After meeting the family at the Mildura Visitor Information and Booking Centre, we headed to the Mildura Brewery which is located in the former Astor Theatre for Friday lunch.  Allowing the waiter and chef to decide our light lunch we enjoyed fresh bread, bruschetta, meats, pasta and salads.  The boys ordered the beer tasting plates and picked up a couple of boutique beers for the trip. Read More

Queen’s birthday long weekend in Rockhampton

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Rocky is a large regional centre with cowboys, utes, beef, historic pubs and the Fitzroy River (crocodiles in there?) contrasted with modern developments, apartments, restaurants and shops.

My recent trip to Rockhampton to work with a client meant that I was in town from Wednesday to Wednesday including the Queen’s birthday long weekend.  Staying at the Edge Apartments on the Fitzroy River it was a modern place to stay with a great restaurant and a bar downstairs.  Picking up the local tourist information on the first night I checked out things to do. Read More