World’s Most Enchanting Homes You Can Rent

From a castle fit for a fairy tale to a seaside villa with breathtaking views, you can live like royalty anywhere in the world—even if it’s just for a few days.


Westbury Castle, North Wales

You (and 37 of your nearest and dearest) can pretend you are the new royal family when you sleep in this grand castle built by the Mostyns, an historic Welsh family. The gorgeous, antiques-filled space features nine bedrooms with intricately carved four-poster beds, a billiards room, and even a knight in shining armor (literally). Check out more fairy tale accommodations you can spend the night in.

Beachfront Villa, Montego Bay, Jamaica

You won’t have to lift a finger if you stay at this gorgeous Jamaican villa, thanks to the full-time staff—chef, housekeeper, bartender/butler, and gardener—included in the price. The house sits on a swath of private beach with its own thatched-roof bar and in-ground pool.

Oceanfront Estate, Kennebunkport, Maine

Live like one of the presidential Bush clan when you stay at this grand estate with New England flair. Each of the five bedrooms boasts gorgeous ocean views, with your own private beach just steps away. The estate also features a heated pool and private tennis courts, just in case you ever grow bored taking in the view. Check out more incredible and unusual places where you can spend the night.

The Cove, Bali, Indonesia

Get a taste of life in Bali at this luxe villa, built from locally sourced teak, stone, and ironwood. The house includes the services of a private chef who will source local ingredients for all your meals, plus babysitters, masseuses, and yoga instructors, as needed. Amenities include a stone-built infinity pool, tennis court, and gorgeous ocean views from every bedroom.

Pavillon of the Château de Tocqueville, Tocqueville, France

Author Alexis de Tocqueville, a 19th-century French diplomat and author of Democracy in America, once lived in this gorgeous chateau near the beaches of Normandy. You’ll have gorgeous ocean views, Old World splendor, and a chance to stroll around the English gardens that Alexis’ wife designed. Check out the best castles on Airbnb.

Villa Can Nico, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

The owner personally greets you at the airport to whisk you off to this resort—the Villa Can Nico, nestled in the Punta Cana. You’ll be a short stroll from powder-soft sands at one of three private beaches, and have access to the services of a personal chef and housekeeper. The resort also offers several restaurants, a golf course, horseback riding, and other activities if you get bored.

Wine Country Escape, Sonoma, California

A brand new pool with a submerged hot tub is the perfect place to unwind after a day touring Sonoma’s wineries—and at this sleek new luxury home, you can do just that. In between tours, play ping-pong or bocce on their sets or check out the amazing mountain views, then dine under the stars at the teak wood table beneath a canopied gazebo (with plenty of good California wines, of course). You’ll want to avoid these vacation rental mistakes.

Why Go on a Masai Mara Safari?

The Masai Mara National Reserve and its neighbouring conservancies form Kenya’s flagship conservation area and one of the top safari destinations in Africa. Its wide-open plains provide a sanctuary for an abundance of animals like elephant, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, hyena and the Mara’s famous big cats: lion, leopard and cheetah. And between about August and November every year, the Mara is a much-welcomed pit stop for unending masses of wildebeest that follow the rains on their death-defying, 2 900-kilometre (1 800-mile) circular journey.

Thousands of visitors come to the Mara every year to enjoy some of the most authentic safari experiences in Africa. Here are a few reasons why we love a Masai Mara safari:

1. Enjoy Fantastic, Year-round Game Viewing

Game viewing in the Masai Mara is excellent all year round thanks to its varied landscapes, wide open spaces, temperate climate and diverse population of resident game. Its champagne-coloured savannahs are home to safari heavyweights like lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo, plus popular species like zebra, giraffe, hyena, eland and gazelle. Rhino sightings are scarce, but these endangered animals can be spotted – if you’re in luck – in the Mara Triangle.

The Mara is renowned for delivering exceptional big cat (lion, leopard and cheetah) sightings. Cheetahs are particularly well adapted to the region’s flat plains, which makes the Masai Mara one of the best places to see these nimble predators. They often seek vantage points on fallen trees, termite mounds, and even game drive vehicles! It’s a highlight of any Masai Mara safari to watch the world’s fastest land mammal chase down its prey.

  • Rich resident wildlife, temperate climate, diverse landscapes and wide-open spaces make it a terrific year-round safari destination.
  • Incredible big cat sightings – lion, leopard and cheetah.
  • Large concentrations of elephant, buffalo and giraffe.

2. Witness the Great Wildebeest Migration

From about August to November, one of nature’s greatest spectacles reaches the Masai Mara. The sheer number of wildebeest arriving in the area is staggering; the herds are so big they can be observed from space! The Wildebeest Migration is a dramatic mass movement of almost two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle in a seasonal annual cycle driven by rainfall. To reach the Mara’s fresh grazing from Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, the wildebeest must make dramatic river crossings, facing enormous crocodiles that lie in wait.

  • Accommodations with easy access to river crossing points.
  • Get a bird’s eye view of the herds on a hot-air balloon safari.
  • Stay in a private conservancy to escape the crowds and enjoy activities not permitted in the national reserve like going off-road, night drives and nature walks.

Note: availability of well-located safari camps in high season (June to October) is limited. If you want front-row seats to the Wildebeest Migration, you should book your Masai Mara safari at least a year in advance.

3. Experience a Hot-air Balloon Safari

You can combine thrilling land-based game viewing in 4×4 vehicles with Maasai-guided nature walks, and crown your Masai Mara safari with an unsurpassable hot-air balloon experience. The best flight paths follow the course of the Mara River, allowing you to peek down into the forests, float past vultures’ nests and observe the early-morning routines of boisterous hippos. After touching down onto the plains, you’ll be treated with a delicious bush breakfast with champagne.

  • Get a bird’s-eye view of the Mara’s breath-taking landscape and even spot wildlife.
  • Watch the sunrise unfurl across the boundless plains.
  • Enjoy a champagne bush breakfast after landing.
  • The perfect safari experience for a honeymoon or anniversary.

4. Meet the Maasai People

The Maasai are a semi-nomadic ethnic group who inhabit most of Kenya and northern Tanzania, and are well-known by travellers for their distinctive customs and dress. Although cattle ownership is still a central aspect of their culture, increased safari tourism has led many Maasai to become expert safari guides and camp managers. While on a Masai Mara safari, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to interact with Maasai guides and camp staff, plus get the chance to visit local villages for a fascinating glimpse of traditional Maasai culture, lifestyle and traditions.

  • Visit local villages to experience traditional Maasai culture.
  • Many safari camps give back to local communities.

5. Stay in a Private Conservancy

A conservancy is a very specific type of land and wildlife conservation area. Landowners enter into contracts with safari operators in return for monetary compensation and other assistance. This could include anything from educational and healthcare programmes to livestock and grazing management. The Masai Mara National Reserve can get crowded during safari high season (about June to October), which is why we recommend staying in one of the neighbouring private conservancies.

  • Enjoy superb, crowd-free game viewing.
  • Have easy access to the national reserve for Wildebeest Migration scenes.
  • Go off-road game viewing, night drives and guided nature walks – not permitted in the national reserve.
  • Contribute directly to local communities and conservation.


14 Ways to Make Money As You Travel: Long and Short-term

There are so many ways to make money as you travel. It can be as simple as getting passive income by renting your parking space while you’re away on a road trip or actually getting a job on a long term trip.

You can often delve deeper into your destination and recoup at least some of the cost of the trip.

Below you’ll first find ideas for short-term travelers. All of these can be added to the list below that has ideas more appropriate for long-term travelers. I hope these tips help everyone travel longer, farther, and more often.

Make Money As You Travel Short-term

  1. Rent your place while you’re gone. Renting your apartment or house on Airbnb while you’re away could earn you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. VRBO, one of my favorite sites for booking accommodation for travel, also offers this opportunity. NOTES:
    • There will be a lot of demand this year so it could be a great time to get into it.
    • Make sure you have a reliable friend or family member ready to receive your guests, answer their questions, and deal with any issues in your absence.
    • Be sure to stay up-to-date on policy changes made by these companies.
  2. Rent your car while you’re out of town. Turo is a car sharing site in the way that Airbnb and VRBO are home sharing sites. Unless you’re on a road trip, your car will be sitting idle while you’re gone. The Turo site says that “hosts can cover their [car lease] payments by sharing their cars just nine days per month”. Also, “As a host, you’re covered by our CA$2 million insurance policy and we’ll be here to guide you every step of the way. Or bring your own commercial rental insurance and take a bigger piece of the pie.”
  3. Rent your parking space while you’re on a road tripNeighbor works on the same principle as Airbnb. Use this platform to rent your parking space while you’re gone or your extra storage space at any time. At this point it is active in the United States only.
  4. Get paid to drive to your destination. Cars and trucks are moved around North America by independent contractors, people like you and me, all the time. In some cases, your costs are covered; in others you actually make money. It’s luck of the draw as to whether the destination of the car is of interest to you but it is a great way to save on travel and possibly make some money as well. In Canada, see Canada Driveaway. In the United States, see Auto Driveaway.
  5. Get paid for your road trip. This is cool and if it was in Canada I would definitely do it. With Roadie you can be a courier for packages from one part of the US to another. There are local gigs (that’s what they call a trip) and long-distance ones. Most local gigs pay from $8 to $20 and long-distance gigs with over-sized items can pay up to $400. If I were to do it I’d let the delivery gigs plan my trip. There are various security checks involved for both drivers and clients.
  6. Busk. In a safe public square show off your musical talent or perform an exquisite poem by heart. You don’t need a large repertoire as people move along all the time. In a good location, it’s possible to make some decent money to cover travel expenses and also meet some pretty interesting people. Just be sure to find out any local regulations that apply. You don’t want a ticket eating into your profits.
  7. Sell cool stuff you find on your travels. Are you a shopper? Are you good at marketing things you love? Find products on your travels that are totally unique and/or inexpensive that you can bring home and sell. The money comes to you after your trip but it’s still money earned from your trip!

Make Money On the Road Long-term

Everyone has different skills and talents so not every option will be of interest to everyone. However, have a look. There are a variety of ways to earn money as you travel long-term.

  1. Work at a hostel. Hostels are often staffed by travelers. Consequently, they are often looking for staff. The pay won’t be tops but you will get a room as well.
  2. Sell your talent online. and are sites where you can sell your services for $5 (or more). It’s amazing what people will sell. If you can edit video or do web design you’ll do well. But even if you have only one talent–impersonating one celebrity, for instance–you’ll likely get gigs recording a phone message in that voice. Or if, like one guy I’ve seen, you have a puppet, you could produce a video message with your puppet. The options are endless.
  3. Freelance from the roadUpwork helps you find freelance work – all kinds of freelance work. There’s everything from acting as a virtual assistant to doing bookkeeping, customer support, web design, and writing. These are freelance jobs you can pick up along the way.
  4. Tutor or teach English as a second language. Tutoring can be a relatively short-term gig while teaching ESL tends to be more of a commitment. ESL Cafe is a great resource for prospective teachers. Also check out Teacher Traveler, an excellent blog for teachers who want to travel.
  5. Get a part-time or short-term job. Working retail or in a restaurant may be an option for you to make money as you travel. Make sure you know whether it’s legal and what visa you require to do so. Google “travel and work in _____” to find reliable information. Working on a farm during harvest season may be another option. Check out Picking Jobs, a site that gives you basic information as well as a listing of picking jobs in 18 countries. If you’re in Israel you may want to work on a kibbutz. You won’t get paid but you will get room and board.
  6. Become an au pair. Are you good with children? Settle into a community and take care of a family’s children for a year or more. Go Au Pair has been matching families with au pairs for 28 years. They have listings in 8 countries including the United States.
  7. Work remotely. With so many jobs being performed from home during the pandemic, some people have decided to move their home to a more exciting location. Here are 17 destinations that welcome remote workers long term.

And why not earn money for a good cause as you walk the world?

Make Money for a Charity as You Travel

As you travel, you can make money for a favorite charity just by walking around. Charity Miles is an app that taps into an activity monitor on your phone. Before you head out for the day (whether at home or traveling), use the app to choose your charity, indicate whether you’ll be walking, running, or cycling, and then just go. The money Charity Miles collects from their sponsors is distributed to charities based on their app users’ activity and charity choices.


Tokyo Games could lead to Olympic coronavirus variant – Japanese doctor

The head of a Japanese doctors’ union raised concerns in May that holding the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer, with tens of thousands of people from around the world, could lead to the emergence of an “Olympic” coronavirus strain.

Japan has pledged to hold a “safe and secure” 2020 Olympics in Tokyo after a year-long postponement but is struggling to contain a fourth wave of infections and preparing to extend a state of emergency in much of the country.

Japanese officials, Olympics organizers and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have said the Games will go ahead under strict virus-prevention measures. Foreign spectators have been banned and a decision on domestic ones is expected next month.

But even with those steps, worries remain about the influx of athletes and officials into Japan, where a vaccination drive remains slow, with just over 5% of the population having had a shot.

People from more than 200 nations and territories are set to arrive and the Games, due to begin in eight weeks, pose a danger, said Naoto Ueyama, head of the Japan Doctors Union.

“All of the different mutant strains of the virus which exist in different places will be concentrated and gathering here in Tokyo. We cannot deny the possibility of even a new strain of the virus potentially emerging,” he told a news conference.

“If such a situation were to arise, it could even mean a Tokyo Olympic strain of the virus being named in this way, which would be a huge tragedy and something which would be the target of criticism, even for 100 years.”

Kenji Shibuya, director of the Institute of Population Health at King’s College, London, who has been helping the vaccination campaign in Japan, played down dangers specific to the Games.

“Mutation takes place when virus stays in immuno-compromised or partially immunised people for a long period of time,” Shibuya said.

IOC member John Coates has said the Olympics could be held even under a state of emergency, an opinion Ueyama said was infuriating.

“In regards to these statements, the people of Japan are indeed holding great anger towards this, and this is even more the case for healthcare and medical professionals,” Ueyama said.

The United States has advised against travel to Japan, but Olympics organisers have said this will not affect the Games. The White House said on Wednesday it had been assured by Japan’s government that it would keep in close contact about concerns over the Olympics.


Amboseli national park, a safari heaven

Amboseli National Park, formerly Maasai Amboseli Game Reserve, is a national park in Kajiado South Constituency in Kajiado County, Kenya. A scenic park in its own right, Amboseli is synonymous with two particular things – majestic herds of elephant and glorious views of Mount Kilimanjaro in neighbouring Tanzania.

Kenya’s second most popular national park after the Masai Mara National Reserve, Amboseli was declared a UNESCO-Mab Biosphere Reserve in 1991.

Ol Donyo lodge in Amboseli national park

During heavy rains, the basin at the centre of the park floods, attracting hordes of wildlife. The reserve is an excellent place to view the Big Five, as well as lesser known and rarer wildlife species.

The park is famous for being the best place in the world to get close to free-ranging elephants. Other attractions of the park include opportunities to meet Maasai and visit a Maasai village. The park also has views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world.

The park is 39,206 hectares (392 km2; 151 sq mi) in size at the core of an 8,000 km2 (3,100 sq mi) ecosystem that spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border. The local people are mainly Maasai, but people from other parts of the country have settled there attracted by the successful tourist-driven economy and intensive agriculture along the system of swamps that makes this low-rainfall area, average 350 mm (14 in), one of the best wildlife-viewing experiences in the world with 400 species of birds including water birds like pelicans, kingfishers, crakes, hamerkop and 47 raptor species.

Free-range Elephants roaming in the park

The park protects two of the five main swamps, and includes a dried-up Pleistocene lake and semiarid vegetation.

About 240 km (150 mi) southeast of Nairobi, Amboseli National Park is the second-most popular national park in Kenya after Maasai Mara National Reserve.

The park is famous for being the best place in the world to get close to free-ranging elephants. Other attractions of the park include opportunities to meet Maasai and visit a Maasai village. The park also has views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world.

Amboseli was home to Echo, perhaps the most researched elephant in the world, and the subject of many books and documentaries, followed for almost four decades by American conservationist Dr. Cynthia Moss. Echo died in 2009 when she was about 60 years old.

Dr. Cynthia Moss in the park

Amboseli National Park offers some of the best opportunities to see African wildlife because the vegetation is sparse due to the long, dry months. The protected area is home to African bush elephantCape buffaloimpalalioncheetahspotted hyenaMasai giraffeGrant’s zebra, and blue wildebeest. A host of large and small birds occur too.

The park has several rules to protect the wildlife: Never leave the vehicle, except at designated spots; do not harass the animals in any way; always keep to the tracks; no off-road driving; and always give the animals the right of way. The roads in Amboseli have a loose surface of volcanic soil that is dusty in the dry season and impassable in the wet season.


In 1883, Jeremy Thompson was the first European to penetrate the feared Maasai region known as Empusel (meaning ‘salty, dusty place’ in Maa). He, too, was astonished by the fantastic array of wildlife and the contrast between the arid areas of the dry lake bed and the oasis of the swamps, a contrast that persists today.

Amboseli was set aside as the Southern Reserve for the Maasai in 1906, but returned to local control as a game reserve in 1948. Gazetted a national park in 1974 to protect the core of this unique ecosystem, it was declared a UNESCO site in 1991. The park earned $3.5 m (€2.9 m) in 2005. On 29 September 2005, former Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki declared that control of the park should pass from the Kenya Wildlife Service to the Olkejuado County Council and the Maasai tribe. Some observers saw this as a political favour in advance of a vote on a new Kenyan constitution; legal challenges are currently in court. The degazetting would divert park admission fees directly to the county council with shared benefits to the Maasai immediately surrounding the park.

OL Donyo in Amboseli national park

Things to enjoy in the park

1 .Wildlife Viewing

The landscape of the Amboseli National Park offers the most scenic views of wildlife.  The Amboseli is like a gigantic bowl of vast vegetation cover and numerous swamps that harbor wild animals of disparate species from the Big Five to unique birds such as, peacocks and spotty zebras.

2. A cultural visit to the local villages

The local communities living around the Amboseli national park are a unique ethnic group in East Africa. The Maasai community is known for its traditional culture that has not been affected by modernization of the African continent. They lead a tribal way of life, which is worth exploring especially their traditional dances and clothing.

3. Go on an epic Game Drive

Going on a game drive in the Amboseli is more than just landscape viewing and encountering animals. The Amboseli is a unique formation of nature that is most dry and covered by dust from recurrent winds, which create a “dust devil” phenomenon. This happens from time to time depending on the changes in atmospheric pressure to build a mini-twister like impression in the air.

However, as much it is enjoyable to watch, keep safe distance from it since it uncomfortable on the skin.

Game drives in the Amboseli also provide a truly refreshing encounter of watching the sunrise and sunset in exceptional hues of color change over the horizons.

evening drives

4. Nature photography

The Amboseli National Park is probably Africa’s irrefutable background of scenic brilliance. The beautiful scene of the ice-capped Mount Kilimanjaro; which is the highest mountain in the African continent- provides the perfect backdrop for nature photography.

Make sure you carry a standard camera and back up storage cards to capture the beauty of nature and carry those moments with you! The Amboseli is absolutely the embodiment of the African jungle which can be compared to the prairies of the Americas.

Accommodation in the park

The Amboseli National Park is definitely worth visitingIt has some of the same attractions as some of the other popular national parks in Kenya but its unique safari experience and great diversity make Amboseli a National Park in Kenya that is absolutely worth visiting.

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Tree Top Hotel Kenya: A remote paradise where princess Elizabeth learned she will soon be queen of England

Treetops Hotel is a hotel in Aberdare National Park in Kenya near the township of Nyeri, 1,966 m (6,450 ft) above sea level on the Aberdare Range and in sight of Mount Kenya. First opened in 1932 by Eric Sherbrooke Walker, it was built into the tops of the trees of Aberdare National Park as a treehouse, offering the guests a close view of the local wildlife. The idea was to provide a machan (hunting platform on a tree during shikar in India) experience in relative safety and comfort.

From the original modest two-room tree house, it has grown into a 35-room hotel. The original structure was burned down by The Kenya Land and Freedom Army (KLFA) during the 1954 Mau Mau Uprising, but the hotel was rebuilt near the same waterhole and has become fashionable for many of the rich and famous. It includes observation lounges and ground-level photographic hides from which guests can observe the local wildlife which comes to the nearby waterholes.

The hotel is the location where Princess Elizabeth was staying in 1952 when she acceded to the thrones of the United Kingdom, and the other Commonwealth realms, upon the death of her father, King George VI.

The initial idea of Major Eric Sherbrooke Walker, who owned land in the Aberdare Range, was to build a treehouse for his wife Lady Bettie. The idea grew, and in 1932 the couple oversaw the construction of a two-room treehouse in a huge 300-year-old fig tree as an adjunct facility to the Outspan Hotel in Nyeri, which they also built and owned. Initial construction was hampered by the presence of wild animals, as the treehouse was purposely built beside animal trails leading to a nearby waterhole. Labourers and supervisors were often chased away by wild animals, which led to increased labour costs.

Treetops Hotel could tell a story or two. Built in 1932 on an ancient elephant migratory route through Aberdare NP, this is the lodge where Queen Elizabeth II visited as a princess and left as queen. Since those days, however, Treetops has grown from a rustic platform in the branches of an ancient tree to a large stilted lodge, with 36 rooms – without losing the essence of that original treehouse style. In front of the lodge is a permanent waterhole and natural salt lick that are floodlit at night, attracting an incredible diversity of wildlife day and night.

Treetops is as much a part of nature as it has an ancient tree growing right through the hotel, with the lodge being built around it. It is the perfect fusion of nature and comfort sporting a rustic look that fits right into the Aberdares.


Step into any of our rooms and enter into a rustic world which fuses class and comfort. Our suites offer you the best relaxing atmosphere that strikes a balance between comfort and style making it the perfect home away from home in Nyeri. Treetops Lodge Nyeri has 32 standard rooms and 3 suites which make it one of the best accommodation lodges Nyeri has to offer. It also has a family room for our guests who would like to spend some time watching television.

Accommodation in Treetops Lodge Nyeri is a departure from the busy city life allowing you to unwind and truly enjoy the rustic scenery from the cosy rooms at the hotel


Experience fine dining Treetops has to offer with an intimate set up designed to help you savour the scenic views while enjoying sumptuous meals. Mini-chandeliers illuminate all the tables and restaurant furniture making mealtimes a truly unforgettable affair.

Meals are prepared with world-class precision by our experienced chefs who have mastered International recipes. All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are served at the Lodge except the first day’s lunch which is served at the Outspan Hotel after Check-in.


Treetops Lodge has an exquisite bar stocked with a fine array of cold and hot beverages. It is refreshing to view game over a glass of wine or beer at the lounge. Coffee lovers can enjoy a cup of specialty coffee while reading the animal sighting books (since the 1940’s) that are available at the Lounge Library.

Treetops lodge activities

Self drive to Treetops
Learn about the birds on Nature walk at the Jungle forest. With our Resident Naturalist .(Don’t forget your binoculars)
Tree planting at the Jubilee forest
Happy hour at the jungle bar around a bone fire
Game drive at Solio Rhino Sanctuary

Animal Waterhole.

This famous tree lodge has maintained its original charm and character. It overlooks a rehabilitated waterhole and salt lick, providing guests with un-hindered and close-up views of the wild animals.
Treetops became famous around the world when Princess Elizabeth, as she then was, stayed there at the time of the death of her father, King George VI. This occurred on the night of 5–6 February 1952. She learned of the king’s death, however, after having departed, while the couple were at Sagana Lodge. She was the first British monarch since King George I to be outside the country at the moment of succession, and also the first in modern times not to know the exact time of her accession because her father had died in his sleep at an unknown time. On the night her father died, before the event was known, Sir Horace Hearne, then Chief Justice of Kenya, had escorted the princess and her husband, Prince Philip, to a state dinner at the Treetops Hotel. After word of George VI’s death reached the new Queen the following day, she returned immediately to Britain.[2]

The famous hunter Jim Corbett, who was invited by the princess to accompany them during their stay there, wrote in the visitors’ log book:

“For the first time in the history of the world, a young girl climbed into a tree one day a Princess and after having what she described as her most thrilling experience she climbed down from the tree next day a Queen – God bless her.”

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