This post is really over due. I went to Bali in November 2017. I know. I have no excuses. We started our trip in Canggu, arriving late to the most delightful AirBnb – pool flamingo and all. It had an open plan living and dining area that made you feel both inside and outside at the same time; perfect for Bali luxury living. The bedrooms … Continue reading Bali – Canggu
Did you know I went to Japan recently? Did you know I loved it? Well buckle down, because it was a wild ride, and I’m going to share it with you. Japan’s got some weird things going on, and surprisingly they’re not the things I thought would be weird. Lack of bins Japan is the cleanest place ever. Toyko is a city of 36 million … Continue reading 10 Weird Things About Japan
It’s taken me so long to write this blog post that I’ve now actually been to Queenstown twice. I have to say it is an incredibly beautiful place; like Scotland on steroids – which makes me feel at home. I first went in September for my 24th birthday with my friend Nat. Highlights: Nat (a true blue aussie) seeing snow for the first time, skiing, … Continue reading Queenstown
Shortly after starting my stint in New York, I wrote this blog post on what you should do with visitors or if you go on holiday there. Well, after having completed my year, I feel like I have a better idea of the best places to go. I get asked recommendations all the time, and instead of giving a huge list, I put together this … Continue reading A comprehensive list of places to go in New York.
I never intended to go to Chicago. I’ve been before and was not desperate to go back so it wasn’t on my list for the year. But a friend in need is a friend indeed. And my lovely friend Liora had some people cancel on her, so I stepped in and booked flights to Chicago…on my phone…on a bus to Vermont…drunk. I know I know, … Continue reading Chicago
You know when you’re sitting at your desk at work and you just wish you could book a cheap flight to the Caribbean to escape? Well being only a few hours and a couple of hundred dollars away really helps in actually making that happen. We gathered together on a dreary, cold, Sunday evening and just booked our flights. It was only after we booked … Continue reading Bermuda (pt 1)
Long, long, long, long overdue; but I went to New Orleans. It was magical. New Orleans is so different from any other part of the US I have been to. I know everyone says this, but I promise that it is true. There is such a strong french creole culture that comes through in everything; the buildings, the food, the music. After a 6am flight … Continue reading New Orleans
My roommate Emily and I decided to go on an impromptu trip to Charleston over the Easter Weekend. To keep things on the cheap side, we hopped on a 14 hour bus on Thursday night, and arrived on Friday morning to glorious sunshine. Charleston is a seriously gorgeous place, with old buildings, lovely restaurants and a great bar scene. Weekend summary: buses, sunshine, palm trees, … Continue reading Charleston, South Carolina
I started this blog post 4 months ago and it was abandoned in favour of more exciting posts about food and road trips, so it’s not as on trend as I’d hoped but there we are. Sorry.
The Airbnb generation is a weird one. We love to travel, and we don’t like to pay a lot for it. We don’t mind sharing people’s homes, or all the information about our lives for that matter. We want living rooms, not just hotel rooms. We want to feel at home when we’re abroad. As such, the hotel and travel space is changing.
In the last 6 months, both Ritz Carlton and Hilton – massive players in the international hotel space – have re-worked their business approaches in order to capture the Airbnb market.
First off, Ritz Carlton had re-branded in an attempt to appeal more to a younger audience. I do think their redesign looks great, but the category is changing so much that I’m not sure a new font is going to help you keep up. You need to shake up your offering.
Hilton on the other hand are doing exactly that. They have launched a new chain called Tru (not to be confused with the Tru Hotel and Resort chain), which are priced between a hostel and a hotel (and on par with many airbnb’s) and decked are out accordingly.
“Tru by Hilton is aiming to reach travelers with a “millennial mindset,” even if they’re not, strictly speaking, millennials.” – Forbes
Their aim is to bring a more relaxed hotel experience, with lots of common areas like hostels and Airbnb’s that people are coming to expect. Ever in search of a deal, consumers expect better prices, so they have addressed this too.
Really I think this is a necessity if large hotel chains are going to survive, and Hilton have even predicted this might become their biggest spin off. From the mock ups it looks like they’re doing a nice job of it, but I suppose we’ll have to wait for the visitor reviews.
“That’s where the real demand is — in the midscale segment of the business…So what that means for us is instead of signing as many DoubleTrees, Hiltons, Conrads and Waldorfs by numbers, you’ll start to see a lot more Hilton Garden Inns and Hamptons.” – Bloomberg
While this is going on in the western world, AirBnB are looking to China in order to grow their business in the East.
I don’t think Airbnb is going to slow down anytime soon, so it’s interesting to see how the industry is responding. Watch this space.
You’ve got to make the most of long weekends in the US, because the holiday allowance is, frankly, shocking. Going somewhere new is always the best option, so last weekend myself, Em and Jack rented a car and set off for Rhode Island and Cape Cod. I have linked to the places we went at the bottom. The weekend was car issues, hotel suites, blustery … Continue reading Photo Diary: Rhode Island and Cape Cod