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We have visited this diverse and wonderful collection of islands known as Venice numerous times, but felt we'd never really “seen” this fascinating city until we rented an apartment for one week for an independent, slow travel experience. As luck would have it, our “street” (left) turned out to be a main gondola route complete with music and serenading gondoliers.

Two Approaches to Visiting the “Floating City”

A visit measured in days

On our first visit to Venice we were day-trippers and staye

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Finding Your First Vacation Rental


As the economy continues to lag many Americans are discovering the world of vacation rentals. Families in particular are finding that vacation rentals are a much cheaper way to enjoy first class accommodations at reasonable prices. Renters can visit exotic locations and expensive cities for half the cost and three times the space of a traditional hotel. However, despite the perks of vacation rentals, many people have yet to try them out. There are various reasons for this, but one common issue i

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Eating, Drinking, and Sleeping in Rome

The historical and imperial Rome unfolds around the Roman Forum and the world’s largest amphitheater, theColosseum, where gladiators sacrificed their lives for the emperor’s favor and the bloodthirsty spectators delight. The archaeological interest of Rome lies buried in the catacombs along the Via Appia Antica and the abundant life is hidden behind the villa-facades of Villa Borghese.

But where the modern, jazzy Rome with bohemian bars is hidden? Read our guide to Rome‘s buzzing life.


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In Post-9/11 World, Many Experts Advocate Rental Apartments over Hotel Stays

In this post-9/11 world, many travelers are turning to rental apartments in lieu of hotel stays for safety reasons and many safety experts are advocating this method to remain inconspicuous when traveling abroad.

One example is frequent traveler Andrew Schrage, travel editor at Money Crashers.com, a personal finance website.

Schrage said that during a recent stay in Budapest, Hungary, in addition t
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The Apartment Service, www.apartmentservice.com, has just posted the Global Serviced Apartments Industry Report 2011-12. This is the 3rd report of its kind looking at the worldwide serviced apartment, extended stay and corporate housing industry. 


The report can be downloaded free of charge from our website: (http://www.apartmentservice.com/News_Room/GSAIR2011/GSAIR_2011-12_low_res.pdf)


, or a hard copy can be ordered by sending a message to Bard Vos (bardv@apartment.co.uk) with full address det

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Many Happy Returns! 

Happy 30th Birthday Apartment Service

This year, The Apartment Service celebrates 30 years as a specialist agent for fully furnished Serviced Apartments and Corporate Apartments worldwide.        

The Apartment Service was founded in 1981 as a specialist department serving executives on extended stays within Expotel Hotel Reservations and went independent in 1992 offering services to a wider range of clients.

“The company developed from being solely a booking agent for serviced

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Your own holiday villa with a swimming pool or a private vacation apartment by the beach can be one of the most relaxing holidays that you will ever have. Summer is already here and for those still planning their beach holiday, here is a list of the top 5 countries for holiday rentals this summer, amongst SunnyRentals.com travelers.


1. Portugal

Portugal is one of the most popular destinations for self catering holiday, for many reasons, but the predominantly good choice of budget airlines flying t

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4 Easy Steps To Happy Return Renters


Making That “Home Away From Home” Experience For Your Renters

Sometimes, while renting a vacation home it is painfully obvious that you are staying in someone else’s place. You have to spend the fist day poking around finding where everything is kept, what works, what doesn’t, what appliances they have and don’t. Not to mention finding a place to buy the groceries for the week and things to do in the surrounding area for the time of your stay.

Part of running and owning a vacation rental is taking

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by José Balido

With an assist from straightened economic times (from both the supply and demand side), vacation rentals -- aka holiday rentals, as our Commonwealth cousins put it -- have been booming even more than when I last talked 'em up on this blog a year ago. New agencies -- especially Internet-based -- proliferate even as we see pushback from some local governments, recently including Paris, Maui, and New York State, the last of which in July approved a law banning rentals of less than 3
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by José Balido

Now, I truly do love good hotels. I love beautiful bed-and-breakfasts, intimate inns, ravishing resorts, and hip hostels. I love having a range of services (including housekeeping to clean up after me, God bless ‘em), stylish décor, and amenities like really cool bars to hang out in.

But let’s face it: it’s not like there aren’t drawbacks. There’s usually not enough storage space (and when was the last time you saw an actual closeable drawer or cabinet in a hotel bathroom?). On th
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