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Places to look for your second home

Places to look for your second home


This article was carried by the Times of India on December 4, 2010 under the title ‘Make the Most of your Second Home.’

When the time comes to look for a second home, we all have different ideas about what constitutes a second home. Most people will tend to agree that a second home should be one that is conducive to extended stays and one that probably could Read the rest “Places to look for your second home”

A Guide to Buying Property in Goa

Since many decades, Goa has been considered as the most popular destination for owning a holiday home – both by Indians and foreigners alike. The pristine beaches, white sands, colorful flea markets, and most importantly the architectural diversity make Goa a holiday home buyer’s ultimate paradise.

In terms of the quality of beaches and nightlife, Goa can be divided into North Goa and South Goa. North Goa beaches are considered Read the rest “A Guide to Buying Property in Goa”

Getting Around in Chiang Mai and Hiring a Car with a Driver

Chiang Mai trafficWhen coming to Chiang Mai the best way to get around town and the surrounding area is to simply hire a car and driver to take you wherever you need to go.  It can also be the smartest way to go money-wise.

Some first time travelers to Chiang Mai think about getting their own rental car to travel around independently.  My recommendation for most people visiting Chiang Mai, is don’t Read the rest “Getting Around in Chiang Mai and Hiring a Car with a Driver”

A Surpisingly Fun Adventure: The Chiang Mai Night Safari

Next to the mountains to the West of central Chiang Mai is the Night Safari, a natural theme park.  I have actually passed the big highway sign directing people to this park, but have never visited it, always thinking of it as a family-oriented tourist attraction, and most tourist attractions with loads of tourists  have not been my cup of tea.   But I must say that I was pleasantly surprised, Read the rest “A Surpisingly Fun Adventure: The Chiang Mai Night Safari”

Ana Gaby on life as an expat in the Indonesia capital of Jakarta

Ana GabyThis week we spoke to Ana Gaby, a Mexican by birth and now settled in the Indonesian capital city of Jakarta. In an exclusive interview to us, she tells us about her love for traveling, life as an expat in South-east Asia, and what foreign nationals can expect and watch out for when they travel to or decide to settle in this part of the globe.

The interview…

Please tell Read the rest “Ana Gaby on life as an expat in the Indonesia capital of Jakarta”

Willy Thuan on Life as an Expat in Phuket

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A photographer and blogger by choice and a web director by profession; meet Willy Thuan, the French expat living in Phuket as he speaks to Holiday Home Times in an exclusive interview about his professional career, his blog and most importantly about life in Phuket. But before we go to the interview, we would also like to thank Willy who has been kind to share some of the Read the rest “Willy Thuan on Life as an Expat in Phuket”

Panvel as a holiday home destination – an overview of its realty market

Panvel as a holiday home destination – an overview of its realty market

Panvel which is just 45 kms from Mumbai, has seen a flurry of activity in the residential real estate market after the announcement of the new international airport in Navi Mumbai in 2010. It is well connected to all major cities by road, being the starting point of National Highway 17, also known as Mumbai-Goa Highway, the 7th longest highway in India. 

Today, it has emerged as a home buyer’s Read the rest “Panvel as a holiday home destination – an overview of its realty market”

Malaysia govt. asks homestays to take advantage of country’s popularity

Malaysia’s tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said that village youths should take the opportunity to make money by organising tourism activities such as the homestay programme.

She said foreign tourists love learning more about our life and culture, and the youths should learn to make money by tailoring tourism activities and programmes for them.

“Globally, Malaysia is the ninth most popular country to visit and the most Read the rest “Malaysia govt. asks homestays to take advantage of country’s popularity”

Holiday home key-holding services

Owning a holiday home is always like a dream coming true. But it can soon be a lurid nightmare for the owners, particularly for those who do not intend to reside there or nearby. Besides ensuring safety and keeping the property damage-free, there are a lot of maintenance issues which you have to deal with, unless you hire a key-holder or take the services of a key-holding company. While in Read the rest “Holiday home key-holding services”

Securing your holiday home with the best security system

Vikram Atwal, Director at VySecure Pvt. Ltd, a company offering complete security solutions to home owners, speaks to Holiday Home Times on why a holiday home owner must install a security system in his home.

Excerpts of the interview…

Please tell us something about your company, VYSecure.
Vikram Atwal: We at VySecure are neutral to vendors, manufacturers, and technologies. Instead we are customer-centric, which means we understand the requirements of Read the rest “Securing your holiday home with the best security system”

Certain facts about your holiday home swimming pool

“Home owners usually have this misconception that having a swimming pool in one’s home amounts to wastage of water,” says Vivek Mishra, proprietor of Premium Pools and an active member of the Indian Plumbing Association. “On the contrary, a holiday home owner can construct a swimming pool and with a little intelligence can conserve a lot of water,” Mishra says, in an exclusive interview to Holiday Home Times.

“Apart Read the rest “Certain facts about your holiday home swimming pool”

‘Holiday home owners can benefit from solar water heaters’

Solar water heater

In an exclusive interview to Holiday Home Times, Mr Nitin Gupta, Solar Thermal Head (North) at Tata BP Solar India Ltd, says that holiday home owners can benefit immensely by installing solar water heaters in their vacation homes.

Excerpts of the interview…

Kindly explain in brief what solar water heaters are all about.
Nitin Gupta: Solar water heaters are a cost-effective way to generate hot water for one’s home. Read the rest “‘Holiday home owners can benefit from solar water heaters’”

Home of your own in Gurgaon near Delhi

Dinesh Bharat who has a home with 3 rooms for guests in Delhi’s NCR area of Gurgaon, tells Holiday Home Times why guests love his home and why the presence of premium hotels in the vicinity of his home doesn’t bother him!

Excerpts of the interview…

Tell us about your homestay/ holiday home.
Dinesh Bharat: Our homestay is located in Gurgaon, just South west of Delhi and very close to Read the rest “Home of your own in Gurgaon near Delhi”

Flexible housekeeping best suited for your holiday home

Good, reliable and flexible housekeeping services are the lifeline of a holiday home. Housekeepers are the eyes and ears on the ground, and therefore, an invaluable asset to any holiday home owner. So, as a holiday home owner, it requires to be thorough while recruiting them.

1- Flexibility during odd hours: This is a key concern area. In general, we go ahead with an understanding that housekeepers will arrive on Read the rest “Flexible housekeeping best suited for your holiday home”

Property photography – tips for holiday home owners

Photographs of your holiday home give the first impression to your prospective guest – they can either intrigue him enough to send an enquiry and make a booking or just as easily turn him away.

Unlike products which can be physically seen and experienced before making a purchase, a holiday home can be viewed only through photographs so it is of paramount importance to get the first impression right.  Sometimes, Read the rest “Property photography – tips for holiday home owners”

Preparing the holiday home for weekenders

Weekends are a time of relaxation and social gatherings, filled with parties, celebrations and other events. For holiday home owners, in contrast, these are the days to welcome guests looking for a short and enjoyable break.

Holiday home owners need to be realistic about plans and programs for the weekend. Here are some guidelines to host successful weekend breaks for your guests:

1. Register the number of people or bookings Read the rest “Preparing the holiday home for weekenders”

Ensure a pest-free holiday home

Mosquito free holiday home

Some ways to ensure a mosquito-free holiday home

Come June, and the monsoon sets in, with lush foliage, the heady fragrance of earth and a freshness typical of this season. Travelers look forward to rain holidays, trekking opportunities and then returning home to hot snacks and freshly-brewed mugs of tea.

Unfortunately in this season, along with holidaymakers, comes another set of uninvited but also eager visitors – mosquitoes.  

Gardens and Read the rest “Ensure a pest-free holiday home”

Reasons why a vacation home is far better than a hotel!

A vacation is a special time of the year which every family looks forward to. Whether it is about choosing to relax, explore new destinations or discovering different cuisine, every family member choose to share the emotions with her/ his friends and family. While planning one’s vacation is an exciting part of the whole experience, the cost of paying for individual hotel rooms can take a toll on one’s bank … Read the rest “Reasons why a vacation home is far better than a hotel!”

Tourists can now expect more from Uttarakhand

A recent media report has said that Uttarakhand, the country’s only hilly state in the top 10 list in terms of tourist arrivals, is planning big to improve its ranking. The report published in today’s issue of the Business Standard, a reputed business daily of India, says that the state is now considering new stretches for river rafting to promote adventure tourism and looking at support infrastructure through private partnership … Read the rest “Tourists can now expect more from Uttarakhand”

A dish-washer can minimise hassles for the holiday home owner

On many occasions when guests vacate the holiday home, they leave behind a pile of soiled utensils in the kitchen sink. And when the holiday home owner stays in a different city, it’s almost impossible for her/ him to come down and check on the kitchen sink. Moreover inventory management in all holiday homes in India is non-existent. So there will be several broken plates and other utensils too and Read the rest “A dish-washer can minimise hassles for the holiday home owner”