|Statue of Liberty, October 2010|
And I’m convinced that I probably was a nomad in another life. I have always loved to travel and grew up traveling a lot with my family. That didn’t change much when I married. My husband and I traveled frequently before the kids and have plans to do more traveling with them when they’re older. I want them to experience as many cultures and regions as they can--just like my family did when I was young. I still have the traveling bug and travel fairly regularly. In the past year, I’ve taken about six trips—including my first trip to NYC.
I wish I’d gotten back into blogging when I was taking these trips, especially when I took the trip to New York, but I have plenty of memories in the form of pictures from those trips. New York was a real treat for me. I got a chance to hang out with one of my best friends since my early college days, and I got a chance to meet another friend that lives in the area. They showed me a good time, taking me around to the sites including the Statue of Liberty and Midtown Comics among many places. There's so much to do and see there. I love bustling cities.
|Midtown Comics, October 2010|
I loved it so much that I’ll be going back again in a couple of weeks. Now, I’m something of a deal hound, so I like to get the best deal for my buck. I tend to join rewards clubs and take advantage of deals and coupons that I come by. I actually enjoy trip planning most of the time, and my friends have often joked that I should probably be a travel agent. Maybe when I retire that will give me something to do with my time.
As much as I love to travel, it can be expensive. I thought I was all set for my trip. I’d gotten a great deal on airfare using Kayak. And I get pretty good deal being part of the rewards program for the Lexington, so that’s where I planned to stay. I’m leaving one night earlier than my check-in for the hotel, but was directed to a bed and breakfast that was very reasonable and very nice. And many pro travelers told me it was a great place to stay.
However, I still have to scour deals to make sure that I really got the best one. As mentioned in another post, I’ve been reading some finance related websites and was pleasantly surprised when one of the articles featured on Learnvest.com was about saving on travel, specifically I was turned on to a site called Airbnb.com, which is for people looking to rent everything from shared rooms to whole houses/apartments for reasonable rates.
Through that site, I found a much more reasonable rate for just an overnight stay with someone who rents out their rooms. The person had fabulous reviews from over 100 people ranging from couples to singles, so I booked. I’m still waiting on his final response about my stay, but it seems reasonably safe. They don’t release the funds until you’ve actually gotten to the destinations to dissuade scammers from using the site.
|St. Peter's Church, October 2010|
All of the destinations have pictures of the accommodations (many of them “verified” pictures) as well as street view pictures courtesy of Google Maps to give you a glimpse of the neighborhood that you’re staying in. So, you could get a nice apartment to yourself for the price of a hotel room. Now, it’s making me consider testing it out over the hotel to see how I like the experience. It’s an addictive site that had me searching many future destinations. If all goes well, I think I’ll have a new favorite site.
This time I will make certain to blog the experience.