Prakash Kutir Homestay – The Gold Standard of Bed and Breakfasts in Delhi, India

King Bedroom #2, one of three bedrooms in the family suite at Prakash Kutir B&B, is equipped with air conditioning, LCD TV, in-room wifi, and ensuite bathroom

There’s a lot of chatter these days about cultural immersion and authentic travel experiences. One of the best ways to have such experiences is to stay in a local home or a B&B. I’ve traveled the world for the last ten years, staying in dozens of local homes, and I can tell you with authority … Read more

Second Home Hostel in Istanbul Lives Up to Its Name

Common area/dining area at Second Home Hostel in Istanbul, Turkey

It was late when I finally arrived at Second Home Hostel in Istanbul. I’d suffered though an eight-hour ride from Burgas, Bulgaria, on a bus with no toilet and a driver who stopped just once at the Turkish border, where we had only enough time for immigration. Once at my final destination I looked around … Read more

GowithOh – the Best Answer for Where to Stay in Prague

Living room in my GowithOh holiday rental apartment in Prague

After a month of too-fast travel around England, a whirlwind tour of Morocco, and three brief days in Paris, I arrived in Prague. I was so far behind on my writing that my stress level was pegging the red zone and I was tired. Very, very tired. Fortunately, I didn’t have to struggle with decisions … Read more

For a Good Time in Paris, Call St. Christopher’s Inns Canal

Canalside after dark. Photo courtesy of St. Christopher's Inns Canal in Paris

Finding reasonably priced accommodations in Paris can always be a challenge. Fortunately, a few months ago I discovered St. Christopher’s Inns in Barcelona, which immediately became one of my favorite hostels around the world. So when it came time to find a place to lay my head in the City of Light I was delighted … Read more

When Things Go Awry, or How to Roll With the Punches

Teddy Bear companion at Winford Manor Hotel in Bristol, England

At the Bristol, England airport, I handed my boarding pass and passport to the EasyJet ticket agent at the check-in counter. He punched my locator number into his computer, then looked up at me quizzically. “You’re a bit early,” he said. “Yes, I like to get to the airport with a lot of time to … Read more