Travel review: Airbnb Belltown, Seattle

Dad grew up through the home computer revolution of the 80s and through the birth and growth of the internet. However, he’s not really an early adopter with even his parents beating him to be first to get an email address and a mobile phone

Dad was therefore late to the Airbnb world. He had heard about it but hadn’t used it before last summer’s trip. He decided to try it out when central Seattle prices turned out to be rather prohibitive

Basically, Airbnb allows users to rent out their private dwellings to other users. Airbnb carefully screen all users for safety purposes, using IDs like passports and driving licenses to confirm that the user is a real person. So, you will need some time up sign up. Once your ID had been verified, you can hire out your property or rent a property on the site from other Airbnb members

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Guest travel review: Hotel Regina, Les Gets

It’s Ski Bear and Patchy Bear here, standing in for uncle Teddy at the French ski resort of Les Gets

Dad’s sister booked their short ski break to Les Gets. The short transfer time from Geneva made Les Gets ideal for a short break, enabling them to ski for half a day on their day of arrival

Dad’s sister made all the arrangements. Dad’s family love to plan holidays with nothing left to chance. With resources like Google Maps and review websites available, it’s becoming much easier to find out a lot about the places and things that you book. Of course reviews have have to be read with a discerning eye as there are fake ones out there but mostly, they do help

As dad and sis aren’t spring chickens any more, top of their requirement for ski accommodation is proximity to the slopes. Les Gets has few truly ski in ski out places, so sis chose Hotel Regina

Hotel Regina is located centrally with a 50m walk to the main Chavanne ski lift area where a chair lift and bubble gondola depart. An escalator makes it easy to get up from the road level to the lift level. The free bus and petit train service to the Mont Chery ski area also leave from here

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Travel review: Red Roof Inn, Princeton

On our travels, dad and I aim to spend most of our holiday time exploring rather than in hotel rooms. We do like the odd bit of luxury but generally, we’re happy as long as the room is clean and in a safe area

In the USA, there’s a myriad of options in the motel price range. I think it may be because there’s a tradition of long distance driving but there are many more motels and motel chains than we have here in the UK

As we tend to only need a place to lay our head for a few hours in Princeton, Red Roof Inn suits our purposes. We arrive late into Newark Liberty International Airport, drive 40 minutes to Princeton and this motel is located right on the US1 highway, which is ideal as dad’s brain is usually trying to tell the rest of his body that it’s the early hours of the morning back in the UK!  Continue reading

Ted travels to Forest Holidays in the Forest of Dean part 1

Dad wanted to take ‘future mom’ on a long weekend to celebrate her birthday. Just by chance, he saw an advert by Forest Holidays on TV, which looked fun

Forest Holidays offer nature-friendly holidays similar to CenterParcs but with fewer facilities. They have camps around England but dad chose the Forest of Dean on the English/Welsh border to make it seem like a proper trip away

Coming west along the M4, there’s a choice of route. Theres a longer route along bigger roads but the satnav took us cross country through small country lanes, which was a shorter route but a little more stressful for dad, who was driving. Having paid the toll to cross into Wales on the old Severn bridge, dad was then perturbed to find that we were staying back in England! Hehe Continue reading