I’m addicted!

I have to confess, it’s time. I can’t go on anymore with the burden of my secret.

They say once you say the problem out loud it’s the first step in recovery.

Or it could be seen as notifying others that you have a problem, now it’s their choice if they want to deal with you and your problems!

I Digress…………

I’m addicted to Airbnb and VRBO!!

For those of you who don’t know what either of those are, let me just give you a brief overview.

It’s the greatest thing since Pinterest!!!!!!

These 2 websites  allow you go anywhere in the world and rent a house or room from a private party.  ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD!!!

You can spend hours looking for the ideal place to stay anywhere in the world, daydream of living in far off lands, see what crazy things people rent, OR you can just look at people’s home décor ideas. Which I admit I do a lot of.

Last year I rented my first rental on a trip to Las Vegas.

Grandview timeshare

Grandview timeshare 1

It was so nice!  I needed two bedrooms and two bathrooms. What I got with my rental was two apartments next to each other with an ajoining door. IT WAS AWESOME!!! Best of all, it was quiet. Not your usual noisy hotel. I swear every time I stay in a hotel the people in the room next to me are having crazy freaky sex or the person above me wears cement slippers and paces the floor all night.

I had such a great experience that first time that I was hooked!  In January this year I rented a house in Atlanta. DING DING!!  WINNER WINNER!!!

Best thing we ever did for our annual week long trip.

cabin 1You can read about that trip here

In April, Jay and I decided we needed a little time-out. It was also time to get some sun on our pasty white Pacific Northwest bodies, so we rented a house in Las Vegas with a pool. OH MY! It was so awesome!

pool

I picked this house just because of those two chaise lounges by the pool! I could totally see myself parking my ass right there for 4 days in the sun!

If you haven’t tried these sights because they seems a little scary, don’t let it scare you!

Here is what I love about Airbnb or VRBO :

You aren’t a tourist whereever you chose to stay. You end up living in that area while you are visiting. Getting to know the local hang outs, supporting small businesses, and getting out of the tourist hustle and bustle. Now don’t get me wrong, I like being a tourist too, but sometimes you want to just get away from the overpricing, the crowds, and the fast pace of all that business. Isn’t that why you get away?

I can’t seem to get my travel wardrobe capsule down to perfection. I still overpack most of the time. Staying in a house or an apartment allows me to just take a few things and I can do a load of wash while there. I love that!  My suitcase isn’t heavy (I’m lazy ! I hate carrying heavy stuff through the airport) and it leaves more room for shopping!

 Having a kitchen is really nice. I’m not a breakfast or coffee person but all my travel companions are. They are healthy breakfast people which means a “free” guest breakfast isn’t really going to work.

Me, I like to enjoy a little cocktail with appetizers in my eatin pants in the afternoon!

We go to the grocery,  get breakfast, snacks, coffee, wine, maybe some vodka, and BAM!  All the conveniences of home! It’s nice sometimes to not go out to restaurants for all meals when traveling. Especially if you are going to be gone more than a few days. I like to find the local fancy grocery that has a deli with salad bar or heat and serve dishes.

AND unlike a hotel room……your not washing your underwear in a sink that you also have to use for brushing teeth, making coffee or mixing drinks.

It’s also nice to be able to spread out and have a little space, along with your peace and quite.

Here are my tips for using Airbnb or VRBO and my other frequent traveler friends who use Airbnb and VRBO regularly.

  1. Know what you are looking for. Do you want the whole house or is renting a room ok? Do you need to get around easy without a car or is there some place to park a car? Do you need to take a pet? How many people are going to be staying in the rental. How many beds do you need? Can you all share a bathroom or do you need more than one? How easy is it to get to your destination from your rental? These are the kind of things you need to know so you can start searching for the perfect rental.
  2. I only rent places that the owner doesn’t live in. I find it uncomfortable and imposing to stay at friend’s and family’s homes. I know it’s weird, but it’s just one of my many annoying quirks. So staying in a strangers home isn’t going to make that quirk any better.  You can pretty much tell by looking at the photos if someone lives at the house or not. Sometimes they tell you in the information about the rental.
  3. Study the photos provided for you, look through all of them. See if the description matches the pictures. READ and study the reviews. Sometimes this is just as entertaining as a good book.
  4. Ask questions. If your questions can’t be answered in the information on the rental page ASK questions of the property owner. If the property owner doesn’t get back to you in a timely manner (within 24 hours) than you might want to think twice.  It’s been my experience if it takes too long for questions to get answered than all communication is going to be hard and if you have any problems or questions while renting you won’t get a hold of them.  FIRST IMPRESSIONS!

I found this great blog post by A Passport Affair about choosing the right Airbnb for yourself. It’s a good read! It will make you want to travel abroad.

Next up ……….I’m planning a little road trip with my 14 year old niece and her friend. Destination unknown but you can bet we are staying in an Airbnb or VRBO rental!

These are links to all the rentals we’ve stayed in that I recommend.

Las Vegas Grandview Resort

Atlanta Historic Cabin

Awesome House With Pool

Go book a trip and have some fun!!!!

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