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A popular conception is that holiday accommodation is overpriced and that it's worth haggling to get a hefty discount. While it is possible to bag a bargain in the current market (and who could blame anyone for trying), this makes it harder and harder for owners to provide a good service and still make a decent profit for their efforts. Of course, you get what you pay for, and that is a valid choi...

Sadly fraud happens (although relatively rarely), whether you book through an Online Travel Agent like Owners Direct or TripAdvisor, or directly with the owner.  Anyone can set up a listing on Airbnb, Owners Direct, Tripadvisor and other sites in minutes, with no checks whatsoever, or set up a basic website.  Although the perception is often that you are safer booking through an online travel agen...

Increasingly online travel agents such as TripAdvisor, AirBnB and now Owners Direct/HomeAway are charging both owners and guests heavy commission and booking fees to use their sites. But there is another way. It is usually cheaper to book with the owner directly and many owners (including us!) can take credit cards, which gives you similar payment protection to that offered by the online travel ag...