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The struggle of cities: how to regulate Airbnb?

Cities around the globe are breaking their heads on how to respond to Airbnb and other short-term rental platforms. And even though this player has been in the field for over a decade now, cities are still struggling with the question:

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The struggle of cities: how to regulate Airbnb?

Cities around the globe are breaking their heads on how to respond to Airbnb and other short-term rental platforms. And even though this player has been in the field for over a decade now, cities are still struggling with the question: what to do with Airbnb and how to regulate? But what is it that they are struggling with exactly? And why is regulating so hard? These and other questions will be answered in this article that is a short version of my earlier published article in Current Issues in Tourism.

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Sri Lanka | A guide to ethical and sustainable souvenirs

When I’m at home, I usually spend quite some time on choosing what to buy and where to buy it, taking into account the material, production process and place and impact on the environment. But I realized when I’m on vacation I just love buying souvenirs and I’m way less mindful about the sustainability of the gifts I buy.  This time I  made the effort to do this a little more because I wanted to make sure that the things I bought would actually benefit local people. Here you find the result: a short guide to ethical and mostly sustainable souvenirs in Sri Lanka plus some general tips for buying more responsible on vacation!

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Sri Lanka | How to get more out of your travel destination

Where do you book your accommodation when you travel? Where do you eat? And what activities do you do during your trip? These are all important questions to ask if you want to get more out of your travel destination and have an even more valuable travel experience. In this blog post I will tell you more about how I made my trip to Sri Lanka better by thinking about those questions. Apart from that it will make your travel experience more rewarding, it also makes you a more responsible traveller. How? Below I share some ideas with you on how to do so!

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Rome | From shady red-light district to hipster’s paradise. The possible consequences of tourism dispersion strategies.

Right behind the Colosseum lies Monti, a small neighbourhood in Rome that for years was neglected by tourists. Why? It used to be an infamous red-light district with a lot of poverty and there was no reason to set foot in this area of Rome. This has now all changed. These days Monti is considered one of the ‘hippest hoods’ of Rome and draws in many tourists that come for its livelihood, quirky cafes and picturesque streets. Not everyone is happy though. Tourists might have found the next hidden gem of the city, for some people living in Monti these changes affect them more than tourists might realize during their short visit.

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Berlin | Do as the locals do: eat where the locals eat, party where the locals party and sleep where the locals sleep?

During the last decades, Berlin has become a popular tourist destination because of its ‘poor but sexy’ attitude. A city that lacks many interesting tourist sights but is famous for the creative and multicultural vibe, the graffiti and a crazy nightlife. Neighbourhoods such as Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain specifically have experienced a drastic increase in tourism because of this. People visit these types of neighbourhoods to experience the true local life and to get a sense of the buzz going on in these parts of the city. Often Airbnb apartments are used for this to increase the feeling of locality even more. But how local is the experience still when tourists are almost taking over the neighbourhood?

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