Airbnb Privacy Issues, Choice Hotels Adds Transfer Partner, Summertime Natural Wonders

Comfort Suites Seven Mile Beach one bedroom suite
Comfort Suites Seven Mile Beach one bedroom suite. Courtesy of Choice Hotels. Photo by Dennie Warren Jr of
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Welcome to The Morning Shave. We read a ton of travel articles each day for our research to share the best travel tips, tricks, and news with you. Here are the articles for Wednesday, July 10, 2024, that we think you should read.

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No room for privacy: How Airbnb fails to protect guests from hidden cameras.

Hidden cameras can be anywhere when traveling. But this is yet another reason that I typically stay at hotels over vacation rentals. It seems like Airbnb is having trouble policing its hosts, so travelers need to take matters into their own hands to protect themselves. Fortunately, there are tools you can use (like this one using my Amazon link) to detect hidden cameras when you arrive at your accommodations.

Choice Hotels Joins with IAG to Offer Avios Transfer Portal.

If you’ve been earning a lot of Choice Privileges points and haven’t been able to redeem them, the hotel brand just added Avios as a transfer option. With the addition of this 11th transfer option, members can now convert points into Avios to use on Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia, and Vueling.

British Airways arriving aircraft
British Airways arriving aircraft. Photo courtesy of British Airways.

7 Natural Wonders You Can Only See in Summer.

Sometimes, it’s not just about where you go… but when. These amazing natural wonders are only available during the summertime, so you need to make your plans now to visit this summer before you have to wait another year. Personally, I’d love to see the puffin migration in Iceland. #BucketList

5 Items You Should Always Bring to a Hotel Room.

While hotel rooms are your private oasis while traveling, they can be lacking a few essential items. You need to bring these five items with you on your trip to sanitize the room, protect your personal information and ensure your safety. Personally, I never travel without access to my preferred VPN service – ExpressVPN (referral link). Do you travel with any of these?

Vacationing with friends, but you have different budgets? Here’s what to do.

Traveling with friends and family can make the experience more enjoyable. But, it can also cause friction when your ideas of fun aren’t the same. Whether it’s personal choices or budget limitations, you need to talk about expectations of the trip before booking flights, hotels or anything else. While it is possible to navigate different travel styles and budgets, it is good to know about them ahead of time so you can plan accordingly… or simply not travel together.

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  1. The tool on Amazon to check for hidden cameras did not get great online ratings. Is this something you have used and actually found effective / helpful?

    • I haven’t purchased it yet. But I’m researching them to protect my family when we travel, and this one was popular on Amazon. I’ll update the link once I make a final decision on which one I buy.


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