Accommodations while traveling can often be the most expensive part of a trip. Depending on your style you may normally choose a hotel, hostel, or maybe even a regular rental. Times have changed and more options are now available. AirBnB has completely changed the way we look at accommodations while traveling. They give a middle ground between budget and luxury.
AirBnB gives home owners the opportunity to rent out a spare room or even an entire residence at a cost determined by the host. Depending on the home it can often feel like a Bed & Breakfast or even a fancy rental. Using the website you are able to filter your location, whether you’d like an entire home or simply a room inside their home.
My First Booking
My first AirBnB experience was in Portland, OR. There would be two of us and we didn’t mind sharing a bed. When looking for a room I filtered through based on price and location. If you have specific dates in mind make sure to punch those in so you don’t waste time looking at options that won’t be available. Once I had a few options the most important thing for me was to look at what past tenants had to say. A good review will give you details on the room, host, and most important location specifications.
Once you decide on a place you have to request to book. Make sure you put plenty of details in the comment section when requesting to stay at someone’s house. Imagine you were renting out your room to a stranger, what would you like to know about the person staying there? Great things to put are why you visiting their city, how many people will be with you, and details on when you will arrive. The owners then have 24 hours to get back to you on whether you got the booking or not.
A few days before arriving make sure to confirm with your AirBnB host on your arrival date and time so you can meet up with them to get keys. The great thing about AirBnB is they send you a few message reminders so that you don’t forget to confirm with your host! Nice when you are busy trying to get ready for your epic trip!
My first AirBnB was a bit different than most places as the house was remodeled so that it could accommodate more than one person at a time. The entire upstairs has 4 separate rooms with their own key pad locks so that you do not need a key to get in.
The room was adorable! They had recently painted and remodeled the bathroom so everything was new and comfy. We were able to secure a room for about $100 a night and this included our own bathroom (If this is important to you make sure your room has a separate bathroom or you might have to share!)
My first AirBnB experience went over great. I didn’t feel awkward or in the way of the host at all. He made us feel completely at home but not too overwhelmed either. The great thing about staying with a local is they can give you great recommendations on where the locals eat and things the locals do!
I highly recommend AirBnb to anyone. If you don’t feel comfortable staying with someone, simply select that you want the entire home, then you have it all to yourself more than likely at a price lower than a hotel!
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Looking to visit Portland but only have limited time? I recently visited my friend Jen on a whirlwind weekend trip to Portland and am giving you my top things you must do!
I will warn you that there is no love lost between Portland and I. As much as I tried to fall in love with Portland, it simply could not be done. Seattle will always have my heart. However I won’t tell you that I didn’t have fun, because when you have a good friend by your side you can always find trouble.
Portage De Montage
Looking for an unusual but delicious meal? Check out Portage De Montage a fun Cajun restaurant situated right under a highway. The atmosphere is fun and the food is delicious (The Jambalaya was lacking that spice I really crave but the frog legs were perfectly crispy and flavorful). The prices are fair with the portions big enough to share between two people. There is also a fun bar connected to the restaurant where you can drink and order food. Although the dining room was fun and the staff was great if I went back I would probably eat in the bar which has a more cozy laid back feeling which I prefer.
Fried Frog Legs
Leftovers should never be boring
Have I mentioned my love affair with Coffee? Ever since moving to Seattle it is as if the very stereotype took over me and insisted I become a coffee snob with the rest of the city. If you do one thing on this list I must insist you try Stumptown Coffee. There are a few locations, we personally had the one on Hawthorne but I can’t imagine being disappointed by any of the shops.
Food Trucks and more food trucks
Do you work out just so you can eat more? Well we have more in common than you originally thought. I love food just like I love coffee. If you don’t know what you want to eat but know it must be delicious, go check out some of the many food trucks Portland has to offer. We went to the section downtown that has food trucks lined up on all four streets surrounding a block. It was a beautiful sight to see for a foodie wannabe like myself. There are many options and a simple Google search will allow you to see several neighborhoods in Portland offer a few streets lined with food from all over the world. Check out http://www.foodcartsportland.com/maps/ if you are feeling a bit lost on where to start.
Jen devouring Mac and Trees
Mac and Trees please
Are you an avid book lover? Well make sure and Check out Powell’s book on Burnside. This mecca center of books has every kind of book imaginable. The place is so big they have to name the rooms by colors so you know where to go!
Go on a hike
The Northwest has so much to offer that it would be a crime if you visited and didn’t attempt to get a quick hike in. There are several hikes only 30 minutes from the city that offer an amazing view with minimal effort. We chose “Latourell Falls” a 2.15 mile roundtrip hike with stunning views of a waterfall starting at the bottom all the way to the top. Make sure and look for the trail to the right after the waterfall that dead ends but offers a nice view of the mountains.
I’m a sucker for a good waterfall
Always take time for a photo
Check out a brewery
Saturday afternoon came after our beautiful hike and we found that we had seen enough of the city and needed to see the bottom of a beer glass. There are tons of local breweries to check out with so many delicious beer options. We were able to hit up the Deschutes Brewery as well as Fat head. If I had a do over we would try for a smaller brewery as the Deschutes Brewery felt pretty commercialized and not quite like the local breweries I prefer at home.
Do something wild!!
Learned how to fly over the weekend
No matter what city you visit there is always something adventurous to be found. Jen decided it was a good time for us to go skydiving and considering I’ve always wanted to go we immediately booked! We went with Pacific Northwest Skydiving center and I am so glad we did. The staff was incredible and they made sure we had the time of our lives. They were the most economical and the experience was better than I could have imagined!
You don’t have to go far or spend a ton of money to have a good weekend. If you are feeling cabin fever onset grab a friend, check out flight prices or consider a city that’s only a few hours away. There is always something new to be explored!
She had fun I promise
Pacific Northwest Skydiving
Looking to visit Portland but only have limited time? I recently visited my friend Jen on a whirlwind weekend trip to Portland and am giving you my top things you must do! I will warn you that there is no love lost between Portland and I. As much as I tried to fall in love [...]
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