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What it’s like to have bad Airbnb guests

One of the questions we often get asked about hosting on Airbnb is: “Do you ever get bad guests?” Yes. Yes we do. But to be honestly, it doesn’t happen a lot, and hasn’t happened until very recently. In the 50 or so guests we’ve had in the last seven months, only three were bad news. And I say bad news in the sense that they had a bad attitude, and…

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Multiple currencies

Currency is just a medium of exchange. We more often than not associate it with the traditional sense of money – cash, bank notes, legal tender. But in reality, it’s much more. Time is a currency, as is experience. There’s an infinite amount of money in the world, but only a finite amount of time that we’re on this earth. You have to decide which currency is most important to…

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How to stop being an ungrateful little shit

I was going to call this post “How to be more grateful.” But I felt like this brazen statement is a better reflection of the frustration I feel with myself sometimes. Especially when I’m being an ungrateful little shit. We all go through phases in life. Those times when you’re negative and frustrated, and you can’t see the wood through the trees. You know better than to feed the negativity…

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Top 10 luxury Airbnb listings in London

**If you’re looking to book an airbnb for the first time, use this link to get £20 off your first trip The other night I wrote a post about my top 10 favourite Airbnb listings in London for under £100. Then, inspired by a conversation I had on twitter today – I thought, where would I stay if the tables were turned? Where would I stay if I had an unlimited…

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What would you do with an extra hour in your day?

Would you spend that hour online, scrolling endlessly? Would you go to the gym and spend that extra time working out? Would you use it to volunteer for a charity or organization? Would you use it to talk to your mom everyday? We all have that extra hour in our day. It’s just occupied with less than meaningful things. Whether you check your email a dozen times a day, or…

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Airbnb in London: My top 10 favourite listings under £100 a night

**If you’re looking to book an airbnb for the first time, use this link to get £20 off your first trip I’m a Londoner who’s been around the block. I like to think I know of some of the best neighbourhoods to visit in this great city. I also like to think I know a thing or two about the Airbnb market, as both a frequent guest and Superhost (yes there…

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Go outside and get the stink blown off of ya

I’m the type of person that needs to get out of the house. I get cabin fever very easily. My grandmother used to say to us when we were kids, “Go outside and get the stink blown off ya.” That was when we would sit in front of the television for hours, playing Dr. Mario. The same feeling applies to me now. Especially on weekends. Staying cooped up gives me…

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How to book an Airbnb: A dead simple guide

**If you’re looking to book an airbnb for the first time, use this link to get £20 off your first trip I get a lot of questions from friends and colleagues about how to book an Airbnb. So here’s a quick and dirty guide. First and foremost, don’t assume whatever property you like will be available and will have good hosts. Don’t rush into the transaction. Take your time to curate…

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What I learned dating a pick up artist 

A year or so after I first moved to London I went on a few dates with a pick up artist. And I’m not using the term pick up artist loosely. This guy legitimately classified himself as a pick up artist. It was his part-time job – evening and weekend type of thing. I met him originally when I interned at M&S. He was an economist-finance guy of some sort.…

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Here’s what David Karp the CEO of Tumblr said at dinner tonight

And I have to say, the event did not disappoint. This was one of those corporate events you get invited to by the sales team as a way to get you to spend more money. But to be fair, usually they view it as an opportunity to add value to you, which in turn adds value to them. Win win. The evening consisted of me sitting around a large banquet style…

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