January 9, 2013

OPINION

Made your New Year’s travel resolutions for 2013 yet?

Didn’t get away as much as you wanted to in 2012? Here are some ideas to travel more and smarter in 2013…

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November 6, 2012

Opinion

What have fairytales got to do with Christmas?

Once upon a time in winter… the first snowflakes fell like feathers from the sky. The 9flats editorial team sat in their Berlin office and pondered to themselves: how come our German colleagues insist that fairytales are an inherent part of Christmas? And how did such different cultural influences find their way into this annual holiday?

Poster design: Rowan Stocks-Moore

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October 9, 2012

OPINION

Retro, vintage… or just plain old?

Vintage is everywhere these days, from furniture, to clothes, to parties. But what does it actually mean? We investigate (and give you some insider ‘vintage travel’ tips)…

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September 24, 2012

opinion

How many swallows make an Indian summer?

Indian summer is a term you hear a lot, but what does it actually mean, and where’s the best place in the world to enjoy it?

Photo: ientu, Flickr

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June 28, 2012

TRAVEL TIPS

Lúcia’s Lisbon: Insider’s guide to Europe’s coolest city (part 1)

Amazing food, cool bars, sexy clubs… we can’t understand it, why has Lisbon been overlooked for so long? Here’s a very special insider’s guide to this box of Portuguese delights…

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May 22, 2012

opinion

Is collaborative consumption actually new? We think not.

We’re pretty happy to be at the forefront of a new idea: encouraging the world to stop being selfish and start sharing things. But then we thought, are we really that innovative?

Here are six reasons our grandparents might beg to differ…

(photo: Paul Townsend)

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April 11, 2012

opinion

What’s value for travellers?

What is good value on your travels? is it value for money? does it mean getting an extra bed for your child at no charge, a free breakfast, a duvet instead of a blanket, a pool with a view that you share with other travelers, far and away from the crush of humanity, or uptown? How about […]

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August 31, 2011

Opinion

Inspiring Travel Images – Before and After You Travel

Imagery is where it’s at when it comes to recording your holiday. The experience of your holiday or trip gets extended way beyond the finish date because of the Internet, smartphones and social media networks. Take the above 9flats accommodation (House Trullo Amato) for instance, because I’ve added the image to this blog, it is likely that […]

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August 24, 2011

Opinion

Family Visits

Your family. You love them dearly yet they drive you crazy. Have you relatives who live elsewhere who regularly visit you and stay in your house? Does living with them for 24 hours a day while stay in your home cause you stress? Does having visitors wanting to be entertained while you still have to […]

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August 10, 2011

opinion

Edinburgh Festival – show reviews

For those of you who have been following this blog, you will have read my article about the Edinburgh Festival. On Sunday I went through for the day to see some shows. Here are the best parts of what I saw. The Royal Mile (famous road that goes from Holyrood Palace to Edinburgh Castle) is […]

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August 1, 2011

opinion

9 of the best travel apps

1: World Lens. You’re on the road and you see a sign or a menu that you don’t understand? Aim your iPhone or iPad camera at the text and watch as the translation magically appears. We love the concept, but it would be great to have it for Android too. The other issue is that […]

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June 21, 2011

9flats introduces

Jamie Dunn’s 19 cities in 19 days

9flats would like to introduce you to Jamie Dunn. Who is he? A 19 year old entrepreneur of youth sponsorship who set off travelling on the 19th of June 2011 and aims to visit 19 cities in 19 days! As if that isn’t enough, en route he wants to give 19 motivational speeches too! The 9flats […]

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