Why you should avoid Wi-Fi access points at Airbnb rentals, and more internet security tips for travelers

man with laptop at airport. photo by Priscilla du Preez.
Photo by Priscilla du Preez.

If you work and travel, you know the feeling when you have managed to arrange a reliable and secure internet connection in a new destination. Big relief. Connections to work, friends and family depend on network access. Often, the temptation to quickly connect to a public Wi-Fi hotspot is too much, and risks are taken. Don’t do it. Read our tips for keeping your online work and life secure on the road.

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Found! The shittiest Airbnb tourist apartment for a price of a very nice hotel room

airbnb container rental in Amsterdam. photo by AT5
One of the containers taken away in Amsterdam. Photo by AT5.

Here is a sad case that represents the wonders and ugliness of the sharing economy, like Airbnb. An Airbnb host in Amsterdam, Holland dropped two cargo containers on pavements of the city, published them as tourist apartments at Airbnb, and waited for bookings to come in. The first guests who arrived in one of the containers in early May 2019, instantly turned away when they realized a dirty bare-bones cargo container on the street side would be their home away from home for the next night.

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A travel business watchdog is investigating online hotel booking services

It is wonderful to have plenty of choice when planning a trip, and considering the options where to stay each night during the journey. Hotels, hostels, bed & breakfast places, bungalows at camp sites and private apartments or houses are only a click away at online booking sites. As many travelers have discovered, however, online booking services don’t always provide customers with correct information, causing a lot of problems during a trip. In the UK, a watchdog is investigating accommodation booking services.
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