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HouseTrip.com is a place where holidaymakers connect with owners of hundreds of thousands of properties around the globe. Guests can simply and securely book their dream stay in an oceanfront villa, a rural cottage, city centre apartment, castle, houseboat, log cabin…

All the extra space of a holiday rental is especially great for families who don't like being in cramped, separate hotel rooms.

A holiday with HouseTrip means experiencing a slice of local life. Relishing local restaurants, taking in resident sights and sounds and enjoying all the bits of wherever you are that tourists don't normally get to find.

We love authentic travel experiences. That's why our blog is where we try to show you places you’ve never been to, things you haven’t tried yet and sights you couldn't see unless you were a local and knew where to look.

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All posts from HouseTrip's resident travel expert, Andrew Matthews.

Entries by Andrew Matthews

Cute Baby Animals in City Zoos (PICTURES)

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 7:00 PM

Easter comes hopping in with chocolate eggs, crazy hat parades and sweet relief for those who gave up something they enjoyed during Lent. It's also traditionally a time for new life with lambs a'leaping and ducklings a'paddling down rivers and stuff.

The same is true for wilder, more...

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Same Sex Honeymoon Destinations

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2014 | 7:00 PM

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The long engagement might sound like a movie script written to keep Matthew McConaughey in work until his real (and really quite surprising) acting chops kicked in sometime round 2011. But for LGBT couples in England and Wales, the long engagement's...

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Fantasy Holiday Homes for Real

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 8:24 AM

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Recent research by, 'a property agent' has finally defined the ideal home: 'two miles from a supermarket, 10 miles from the coast, within walking distance of a pub and close to the countryside, with two good neighbours on either side and a newsagent...

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Six Unusual Valentine's Dates in London

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 6:00 PM

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So Friday is Valentine's Day, treasured by loved-up couples, loathed by single souls and forgetful boyfriends. Even in cold, grey (most likely wet) London there are those who'll still get excited for 14 February, despite overpriced menus at restaurants and 'special offers' on...

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Winter Breaks, Children Welcome

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 5:44 AM

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If you're at the stage of 2014 where you think you'll never see daylight again and the only state of being that makes sense is 'hibernation', welcome to my world. I just about limped through January on the fallen crest of the festive...

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Best Cities for Winter Travel

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 12:34 PM

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Get ready nay-sayers, I'm about to list a fairly obvious and predictable bunch of cities for this list of winter travel destinations. There's a great reason for my lack of originality; these cities are extremely well equipped to deal with snowy winter weather...

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Ten Anti-Resolutions To Make 2014 a Year of Fulfilling Travel

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 4:15 AM

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I know what you're thinking; you don't want to read yet another list of resolutions from another Internet stranger on Huffington Post right? Well, to be honest, I didn't want to write one either. Instead, I feel much more inclined to tell you...

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Surviving a Ceilidh and Loving It

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 12:26 PM

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Step we gaily on we go, heel for heel and toe for toe, arm in arm and row on row all for ....... It might not be Marie's Wedding but the spirit of the Ceilidh was strong this...

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Ten Best Christmas Trees 2013

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 10:38 AM

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'Tis the season to creep about the attic hunting down a box no-one bothered to write 'Xmas' on 12 months ago. Traditionally, this is followed by the much-loved 'it looks squint to me' debate; a long,...

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Recipes: Five Wonderfully Warming Winter Cocktails

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 6:00 PM

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Can you feel how cold it's getting? I can. The playful nip that used to be in the air has suddenly and forever (okay not really forever, it just feels like it) morphed into the frigid sting of winter. That freshness was sprightly...

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10 Best Cities for Your Shot at a White Christmas

(6) Comments | Posted November 17, 2013 | 6:00 PM

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For some of us it isn't Christmas yet until we've heard Bing croon his way through the nostalgic notes of 'White Christmas' and sung along to the best of our ability. But for others, they want the...

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A (Trick or Treat) Free Guide to Halloween

(4) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 7:00 PM

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Halloween. Where do you stand on it? Are you enthusiastically cackling at every ring of the doorbell, carved pumpkin lantern on the porch, welcoming all comers to your vast selection of Haribo's finest? Or are you of...

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Top 10 Best Cities for Golden Autumn Travel

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 12:58 PM

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While the changing seasons bring us unwelcome winters, unrequited rainfall and the occasional humid heatwave, the morphing of the seasons does afford one very special time of year, a golden season, autumn.

I love autumn. It's my favourite season....

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The Traveller's Guide to (early) Christmas Shopping

(2) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 12:44 PM

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My name is Andrew Matthews and I'm a reluctant shopper.

But, to my wallet's quiet lament, winter looms and with winter comes Christmas and, however you ice it or trim it or wrap or spin it; Christmas is about...

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Top Ten Ways to Save Money on Travel

(5) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 7:00 PM

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Love travel? Love saving money?

Think the two are mutually exclusive? Well, you're wrong. But you probably already knew that seeing as 'budget travel' is constantly prompting new travel trends in order to save money and keep travel accessible for as many people...

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TV Tours Worth Taking

(2) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 1:40 PM

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If you ever find yourself in need of crystal meth candy or bath salts (the kind you really do put in your bath) Albequerque's got what you're looking for. Following on the heels of the likes of Baltimore and New Jersey, it's the latest...

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Pride around the World in August

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 7:14 AM

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The sun is shining in Amsterdam. It's warming up to be a hot weekend in the city of cycling, canals and clogs. But really this heat, this heightened atmosphere and fun-loving spirit have nothing to do with the...

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Coping with Climate Change

(2) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 12:13 PM

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Over the past few weeks it's been hard to swing a sunburned shoulder without hitting some sage advice on the subject of keeping cool in the 'heatwave'. Judging by the tone of rising hysteria if you're not at this very moment stuffing your fridge...

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Ten Great Songs About 10 Great Cities

(5) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 7:00 PM

There is something special about having a song named after you. Unless your name is Kim and you had an on-off relationship with Eminem, of course.

But for a song to be about a city, well, you know that there's got to be something special about that place, something worth...

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Ten Great Places to Watch Wimbledon in London

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2013 | 7:00 PM

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Even if the names Djokovich, Sharapova and Azarenka sound like exotic eastern European holiday destinations to you, there is no denying that Wimbledon means something to everyone. Be it strawberries and cream, Cliff Richard singing in...

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