Midwest Road Trip

Colorado → Nebraska → Iowa → Illinois → Indiana → Louisville

Two weeks ago, Matthew and I took a road trip through the Midwest. Although it was a road trip through many of “The Forgotten States,” I still feel that it was a road trip worth documenting.

As part of Matthew’s bank’s work program, he has to complete rotations in different departments, and one of those rotations is in a regional office, which is why we ended up in Louisville, Kentucky – home to his new office for the next few months. Although the objective of the trip was not our favorite thing (to move Matthew way too far away from me), that didn’t stop us from making the most of the drive from Denver to Louisville.

Since we already stopped in Kansas City and St. Louis on our way from Georgia to Denver a little over a year ago, we decided to take another route, which was a bit longer but much more appealing to us, as we’d never been to Nebraska or Iowa, or what I like to refer to as “The Forgotten States.”

After researching these states a bit more, I realized that this name wasn’t far from the truth. According to Thrillist, both Nebraska and Iowa are a part of the “Least Popular States to Visit,” which isn’t entirely surprising. However, we had a great experience spending time in these states.

Our first stop was Omaha, Nebraska where we stayed at the Hyatt Place right next to the Old Market downtown, easily Omaha’s most lively, historic neighborhood.
Honestly, there wasn’t much to do in the city, but we were only there for a night, so we found plenty of things to fill our time. We walked through pretty parks to reach the Missouri River, where we went across the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. Then, we met up with one of Matthew’s co-workers for a drink at Brickway Brewery & Distillery, and then walked around Old Market, where I happily convinced convince Matthew to try Indian food at Himalayas (we split butter chicken, garlic naan & soup ~ sadly not pictured), which we both agreed was delicious.

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The next day, we ate our complimentary breakfast at the hotel (which was actually really great), and walked around the city a bit. It was extremely windy so our walk didn’t last long, but we were pretty much ready to leave anyways. Omaha was a lot of fun for a night, but I don’t think we’ll be going back anytime soon.

Then, we were off to our next stop: Davenport, Iowa.
Because this was a road trip, everything wasn’t expected to go perfectly. So, we weren’t entirely surprised when we got a flat tire as we made our way to Des Moines. Luckily, Matthew happened to have 4 tires in his car (which he bought about a year ago..don’t ask) and he knows just about everything about cars, including how to calmly change a tire in 38-degree weather with a pretty crappy carjack in under 20 minutes.

DesMoines_Pho3After our flat tire incident, we stopped in Des Moines to get lunch, and may I say that Des Moines is pretty dang cool for one thing in particular: their skywalks! For a place that gets so chilly during the wintertime, these skywalks seem to be lifesavers – I know they were for us while we were walking around in the biting wind. To warm up, we got pho in the city (completely forgot the name of the spot) and happily ate every bite before continuing our drive to Davenport.

In Davenport, we stayed in a fancy historic hotel, Hotel Blackhawk, which was surprisingly inexpensive (not only because of Matthew’s work discount, but also simply because Davenport is such a small town).
Despite being a small town, Davenport seemed to have a lot of great restaurants, plus it was riverside, lending for great views and an awesome path along the Mississippi River. We walked across the Davenport Skybridge (which doesn’t go over the water for some reason) and then grabbed dinner at Front Street Brewery, Iowa’s oldest brewpub, where we split spinach artichoke dip, along with baked mac ‘n cheese with a side of brussels sprouts, and of course a beer.

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After a fun night in Davenport, it was time to make the last long stretch to Louisville. We passed through Peoria, Illinois, Indianapolis, Indiana and more cities in between, before finally ending in Louisville.

Overall, I think my favorite part of the trip (aside from reaching each stop) was the difference in terrain. With each mile we drove, the scenery changed entirely. Of course eastern Colorado and Nebraska were flat and full of windmills..not entirely exciting. But then, Iowa had rolling hills with endless cornfields and farmland, along with many bridges crossing rivers – truly more beautiful than I thought it would be. Then, the trees really began to appear in Indiana and Louisville – the large, full trees we’ve always been so familiar with from the southeast. And the leaves! Fall was still very much present in Kentucky, a state that shows off the colors in a bright & magnificent way.

Although Kentucky is far from my favorite place right now (as it has taken my best friend for the next few months), I’ll admit that it’s definitely an interesting state ~ one that I’m looking forward to spending time exploring when I visit Matthew throughout the future months.

More adventures to come!

frugal & free,
Claire

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The Real LA Experience

This past October, Matthew and I were finally able to return to LA for the ‘real LA experience.’ You know – sunny weather, blue skies, lazy beach day, bottomless mimosas on Hollywood Boulevard, a free improv show, and of course, an appearance on the Price is Right.

Thanks to Google Flights, we were able to find a cheap round-trip flight on United, and thanks to William & Megan (Matthew’s brother and his brother’s girlfriend), we had a free spot to stay and some great company throughout our trip!

Since they were living right down the block from Hollywood Boulevard, we had a prime spot to explore the area – unlike last time when our Airbnb canceled on us, and we ended up in Koreatown (still a fun experience!) – and since they knew the area pretty well and had a car to drive us around – last time we took the bus and train everywhere (still had a blast) – we were able to see a lot of different things!

Because we arrived late Friday night (you have to sacrifice some sleep for those late-night flights ’cause they’re cheaper!), our trip didn’t truly start until Saturday. We began our morning with a hike up Runyon Canyon for a view that was more than worth the steep, steady incline.

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Views from Runyon Canyon

After that, the whole day was dedicated to the beach and a significant level of laziness. So, with 2 bikes, beach towels, games, Subway sandwiches (we had coupons 🙂 ), and a cooler full of beer, we drove from LA, through Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Bel Air, and to Santa Monica – a place we visited last time we were in LA, but one that we weren’t fully able to enjoy due to the cold, rainy weather.

What a difference the sunshine makes! We spent all day on the beach, biked to the Santa Monica Pier and to Venice Beach, and ended the day watching a beautiful sunset over the water – all without rain, chills, and a care in the world.

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Santa Monica sunset

Sunday began with a nice stroll around the Hollywood Reservoir, an easy 3-mile trail around ‘Lake Hollywood,’ from which we were able to enjoy great views of the Hollywood sign.

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Hollywood Reservoir

Then, it was time for bottomless mimosas at Jameson’s Irish Pub, an Irish bar on Hollywood Boulevard. $12 for bottomless mimosas, bellinis & bloody mary’s while watching football and playing beer pong – a fun time until, like always, it isn’t. Everyone was practically dead after a few hours of sugary alcoholic drinks, so we walked over to Matthew’s favorite spot, In-N-Out, which I must admit is incredibly good, especially given how cheap it is.

IMG_2169After In-N-Out & a much-needed nap, we went to an improv show at Upright Citizens Brigade, where you can catch a free show on certain Sunday nights – just check their calendar to find a free show & get there a little early so you’re guaranteed a seat!

 

 
The next day, our last day in LA began with a run up Runyon Canyon for an even better view with clear skies enabling us to see for miles from the top!

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Clear views from Runyon Canyon

After that, the rest of our day consisted of our participation in The Price is Right. We were super stoked about this (even though I’d never seen the show until we watched it the night before..). It really was a true LA experience, but one that lasted all day, taking up the final hours of our trip. I urge everyone to go ahead and try it, but only if you’re super into the show and if you have all the time in the world – because it is free, and anyone can be an audience member by grabbing tickets here. BUT just be prepared to be there at least 6 hours, and be ready to act obnoxious so that you may get a chance to be a competitor and have a chance at winning some crazy prizes.

IMG_2163All in all, it was a great trip! But, we agree with William & Megan when they say they couldn’t live there for very long – the traffic is ridiculous, the city is way congested and there’s just too much going on. However, I totally think it’s worth a visit or 2, as both of our LA experiences were fun and eventful, and full of opportunity to partake in unique activities you can’t find elsewhere.

Not sure if we’ll be back after we got our fill of sunshine, but now I’m even more interested in seeing more of that sunny state – stay tuned for more adventures!

frugal & free,
Claire

Pedal the Plains

This past weekend, Matthew and I rode in Pedal the Plains, a 3-day bike ride through the eastern plains of Colorado. We rode from Kersey to Kenneseburg, from Keenesburg to Brush!, and from Brush! back to Kersey, and it was quite a ride.

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We heard about the race through Matthew’s company. As Matthew works for a cooperative bank that serves rural communities, he was invited along to represent his company in the ride for free. Although I wouldn’t be able to ride for free, I still wanted to partake, so I went ahead and signed up – $270 of my money was initially put down for this ride, BUT then I heard about the opportunity to become a Plains Pedaler. If selected to be one of 4 Plains Pedalers, I would have the responsibility of blogging before, during and after the ride, and I would also get to ride for free.
After writing an essay explaining why I would be the perfect Plains Pedaler, winning a ‘likes’ competition on Facebook (thank you to all who voted!), and being selected by the board of the ride, I was selected to be of the Plains Pedalers!

Since Matthew and I both were able to ride for free, we had a virtually free weekend ahead of us!
Camping each night cost nothing, as we already had all of the camping gear, and we were also served lunch and snacks along the way. The only thing we had to pay for was drinks, dinner and parking for the weekend.

From endless cornfields and brutal head/side-wind, to numerous flat tires and sore butts, the 3-day ride was like nothing I had ever experienced, and definitely a lot harder than I thought it would be.
50 miles the first day, 62 the second, and 70 the third added up to be 182 miles in just 3 days – something I’ve never done before, but something I’m now proud to say I did! Although it was a tough ride at some points, Matthew and I had a great time pedaling through a part of Colorado we rarely ever see, and learning about the rural communities that we never would have thought to visit.

Below are some of the blog posts I wrote during the ride —

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From Kersey to Keenesburg – What a wild ride it’s been!
Matthew & I had a blast pedaling the plains and stopping at each Ed Station to learn more about Colorado agriculture! From J.A. Timmerman Cattle Company and Noble Energy, to NGL Water Solutions and the Wild Animal Sanctuary – there was so much to see! We loved the Wildlife Sanctuary so much that we were nearly the last ones to leave..so here we are, setting up our tent as the sun sets. It surely won’t be hard to fall asleep – even in a tent – as we are exhausted from the ride today! But no matter how tired we may be, we are definitely looking forward to tomorrow’s adventures!
– The Frugal & Free Couple

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Keenesburg to Brush!
Started out as a cold ride with little sleep & energy (due to the crazy wind last night – it was inTENTS –> get it? Intense = “in tents” cause we were camping 🙂 ). Luckily, Matthew & I were prepared with tights & jackets to keep us somewhat warm. We didn’t truly warm up until the lunch stop – where this photo was taken – & the sun finally came up!
With so many cornfields & endless plains, this ride has been scenic, but honestly really difficult. We’re not used to riding back-to-back-to-back like this, so our butts are definitely feelin’ the burn.
So, while we appear to be happy & smiling in this picture, we are secretly in pain & stalling so we don’t have to get back on our bikes. Other than our painful booties, this ride has been great! Looking forward to pumping out the last 70 miles to the finish line in Kersey!
– The Frugal & Free Couple

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Wow, I can’t believe it’s over!
The last day of the ride was definitely the best one, as it was super scenic, fast (except for the wind at some points), & the end was in sight!
Matthew & I had never done a back-to-back-to-back ride like this before, so it was definitely a challenging experience & one that will be remembered!
Thanks to everyone who put this ride together! From the food and education stops, to the camping and town activities, Pedal the Plains was very organized & a joy to be a part of!
(Oh and I personally love the Snapchat filter, hence the picture 🙃)
– The Frugal & Free Couple

I truly want to thank everyone who made this well-organized ride possible!
We had a great time, and will likely be back for another fun ride next year!

frugal & free,
Claire

Cheap, yet Cherished ~ Trip to Chicago!

I love to move. Really, I just love to walk, to run, to bike, and to see everything. Everywhere. If you know me, you know this is true. That’s why it’s crazy to thing that 3 weeks ago was the first time I’d ever been to Chicago (that I remember, at least).

Why is this surprising? Because you can truly walk, run and bike everywhere to explore this massive city. However, even though I felt like it was so easy to get from one place to another, this humongous city made me feel smaller than I’ve felt in a long time. But not Rocky Mountains kind of small. No, a completely different kind of small. With buildings towering above, and a history that dates back to times I never even think of, this city has a way of making you feel so significantly insignificant. And I loved every moment of that feeling.

The rush. People power walking by. Cars whipping curves. Honking. Non-stop motion. My kind of place. If I didn’t know that there was no possible way I could survive the windy, freezing winters, I’d likely move to this city in a heartbeat.

Along with the unforgettable adventures Matthew and I had in Chicago, one of the best parts of the whole 3-day trip was undoubtedly the low cost of it all. Let me break it down to dollar signs (at least the ones I remember)

  • Airfare: 2 x $93 round-trip from Denver to Chicago.
  • Place to Stay: $0 (thanks to Matthew’s brother, who kindly let us stay at his place in one of the prime parts of the city – right next to Millennium Park)
  • Transportation: 4 x $5 for metro pass to/from airport into the city & $9.95 – $2.00 = $7.95 with this $2 off coupon for Divvy Bikes ~ our transportation along the Lakefront Trail, to the Cubs Stadium, to Logan Square and all around (you just have to visit a station to exchange/renew bike checkout every 30 minutes to avoid extra charges)
  • Food: Probably around $100 in all. Just to name a few great spots: $40ish dollars for some delicious deep dish + a free appetizer (when you sign up for the Giordano’s e-club — we had pizza for days after this one) + tasty Chicago dogs from Portillo’s Hot Dogs + a steal on some delicious Middle Eastern food at a BYOB place in Logan Square, Sultan’s Market!
  • Drinks: Not pricey at all, but went to the local grocery store, Mariano’s & Trader Joes, and at times, 7-Eleven (Chicago is awesome ’cause you can get alcohol nearly everywhere) & went to one of the local breweries, Motor Row after buying a great Groupon ($13 for eight 4 oz tasters to share and a pint each)
  • Attractions: The Field Museum (discount with student ID!) & the Evening Architecture Boat Tour (had a Groupon for this! – strongly recommend)
  • Free entertainment: Lincoln Park Zoo, Navy Pier, alllllllll the parks, Lakefront Trail, the 606 Bike Trail, lakefront beaches, yoga in Millennium Park, and the views (even from the girl’s bathroom at the top of the Hancock Center)!

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Overall, it was a great trip, and not only made me feel small, but made me realize how incredibly small Denver is.
Although I really did love Chicago, I am still happy to be here, spoiled with my endless sunshine, surprisingly mild winters, stunning mountains, and of course, non-stop activities around every corner.

But, we’ll be back to visit, Chicago – for more deep dish, hot dogs & breathtaking city views.

frugal & free,
Claire

International Inspiration

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I haven’t always been a big traveler.
In fact, for about 13 years, I lived in the same town with the same people and never really even thought about venturing away from it. I was comfortable where I was, and of course, I was still in grade school, so I suppose I didn’t have much of a choice but to stay.

It wasn’t until my freshman year of college when I went on my first international trip. At Kennesaw State, I was a part of an honors group called PEGS (President’s Emerging Global Scholars), in which we focused on the world and the impact we have on it. In order to understand how we could work with other countries to make the whole world a more efficient, self-sustaining, and all-around better place, we planned to travel to a different country every year for a first-hand international experience.

Unfortunately, we were only able to take 2 international trips during my time there, but I still accredit PEGS to sparking my interest in travel.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 4 years since my trip to Brazil. From exploring the city of Salvador and visiting the churches and government buildings, to spending time on a beautiful beach and going to a small fisherman’s village to volunteer at the children’s school there, this first international trip truly opened my eyes to A LOT.

First, it opened my eyes to poverty and just how evident the divide between rich and poor could be. We could be in a wealthy part of the city or on the breathtaking beach shores for a second, and then the next, we were in an impoverished part of town, where people lived in the slums with very little food and resources.

Second, it made me realize how blessed I am. I have been given so much, from a caring family to the resources I need to survive (and much more) – but it also made me question why. Why did I have so much when some people have so little? And more importantly, how did they seem somehow happier than I was? At all times, these Brazilian people who appeared to have nothing somehow acted like they had everything. They were so happy and so welcoming. It really made me re-evaluate my life.

Third, it amazed me how much pride these people had in their country. They waved their flag and talked about Brazil like it was the best place they could ever live. Since I had lived in the U.S. all my life, I had always assumed that we were the greatest country, but it’s not like I ever raved about it. Seeing these prideful Brazilians made me wonder why we didn’t shout out our pride about this land of the brave & free; moreover, it made me realize that we really should. It’s funny now, as it wasn’t until moving to Colorado that I ever thought people could have so much pride when it comes to the U.S. state they live in, but boy are these people proud of this state and I absolutely love it!

Lastly, it inspired me to find a passion – to find something that lit my fire, just as these people in Brazil seemed to have found. For years, I had been searching for something, anything that made me passionate. Of course, I had always found that passion in my family, friends and running, but I felt that I needed to find more. I think my fire was lit more than I realized after this trip – lit for life, for traveling, for more experiences. I believe that this trip inspired my passion for all of these things, and more.

The trip to Brazil changed my mindset. It changed my perspective, and ultimately, it changed my life.

Looking through the pictures, every memory from my time there rushes back to me. I know that these poorly taken pictures will not have that same effect on you all, but since I see this blog as a little something for you and for me to look back on, I’ll share some of these snapshot memories here ~

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frugal and free,
Claire

Colorado Birthday Freebies

New state, new birthday freebies. Bring.it.on.

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If you’ve been following my blog since the beginning, you may remember my Birthday Freebies post from just over a year ago. However, those freebies were in Georgia. Colorado includes most of the same deals, plus a heck of a lot more.

From restaurant e-club deals to deals that simply require your ID on your special day, there are a plethora of freebies waiting for you to use on your birthday!

Check out the long list of free stuff just waiting for you to take advantage of!:
**click on the links to be directed straight to the loyalty programs!**
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema: Free movie ticket
A&W: Free root beer float
Auntie Ann’s Pretzels: Free pretzel!
Baja Fresh Mexican Grill: Free burrito
Baskin Robbins: Free 2.5 oz scoop of ice cream or swirl of soft serve
Ben & Jerry’s: Free scoop of ice cream
Benihana: $30 gift certificate
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: Free Pizookie dessert
Bonefish Grill: Free Bang Bang shrimp or dessert
Boston Market: Free dessert
Brio Tuscan Grill: $10 off your check
Bruegger’s Bagels: Free bagel with cream cheese w/purchase of a drink
Buffalo Wild Wings: Free snack-size boneless or traditional wings
Capital Grille: Complimentary chocolate espresso cake (no sign-up required, just show up with your ID on your birthday!)
Captain D’s: Your choice of a 2-piece fish, 12 pc. butterfly shrimp or a grilled tilapia dinner
Caribou Coffee: Free medium drink for signing up & for your birthday!
Charlie Brown’s Bar & Grill: Drink FREE on your birthday!
Cheesecake Factory: Tell your server it’s your birthday to get a free bowl of ice cream + a song!
Chili’s: Free brownie sundae or appetizer
Cinnabon: Free Minibon for signing up & free Mochalatta Chill for birthday!
Coldstone: Free BOGO coupon for Coldstone Creation
Corner Bakery Cafe: Free cookie for signing up & free bakery sweet for birthday!
Dairy Queen: One BOGO coupon for a free mini, small, or medium blizzard
Dave & Buster’s: $10 free game play
Del Taco: 2 free grilled chicken tacos for signing up & a premium milkshake for birthday!
Denny’s: Free Grand Slam breakfast
Dippin’ Dots: Free small cup of Dippin’ Dots
Dunkin Donuts: Free medium beverage
Edible Arrangements: An assortment of free chocolate-dipped fruit
Einstein Bros Bagels: Free bagel & shmear for signing up & free breakfast sandwich when you buy any drink for your birthday!
Ernie’s Bar & Pizza – $20 tab for drinks on your birthday
Fazoli’s: Free dessert w/ entree purchase
Firehouse Subs: Free sub (download the app & fill in your b-day info)
Godiva: $10 gift card during your birthday month
Good Times: Free spoonbender
Honeybaked Ham: Free sandwich for signing up & another free sandwich for your birthday!
IHOP: Free Rooty Tooty Fresh N’ Fruity pancakes stack
Jamba Juice: Free jamba juice or smoothie
Jason’s Deli: $5 off any item
Jersey Mike’s: Free regular sub & 22 oz/ fountain drink
Joe’s Crab Shack: Free app for signing up & for birthday!
Krispy Kreme: Free donut of choice + free small coffee
Longhorn: Free dessert
Macaroni Grill: Free dessert
McAlister’s Deli: Free cookie for signing up & $5 coupon for birthday!
Melting Pot: 6 chocolate covered strawberries w/ entree purchase
Old Chicago’s: Free pizza
On the Border: Free dip trio or brownie sundae
Outback Steakhouse: Free dessert
Panera: Free birthday pastry
Perkins: Free Magnificent Seven breakfast meal
Pinkberry: Free small yogurt with toppings
P.F. Chang’s – Free small plate, dim sum item, or dessert w/ entree purchase
Qdoba: BOGO entree
Red Robin: Free burger
Ruby Tuesdays: Free app for signing up and free burger or garden entree for birthday!
Schlotzky’s: Free small sandwich or 8″ pizza
Sloan’s Bar & Grille – Free drink w/ valid ID on your birthday
Smashburger: Free side or shake w/ any purchase
Sonic: Free regular cream slush, medium tater tots or medium drink
Sprinkles: Free cupcake for signing up & for your birthday!
Starbucks: Free handcrafted beverage
Steak ‘n Shake: Free double steakburger w/ cheese ‘n fries
Ted’s Montana Grill: Free dessert
Texas Roadhouse: Free app or sidekick of ribs
Tropical Smoothie Cafe: Free 24 oz smoothie
Twin Peaks: Free entree
Waffle House: Free hashbrowns for signing up and free waffle for birthday!
Wash Park Grille: $30 tab at the bar!
Which Wich: Free regular sandwich

**Note that all of the above deals are subject to change
Feel free to leave a comment if you know of any more birthday deals! There’s always more to add to the list!

frugal and free,
Claire

Why I Use Airbnb

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll notice that there’s a trend in the places I stay during my travels ~ that trend is Airbnb.

If you’ve never used Airbnb before, I can understand why you would be a bit hesitant ~ Staying in another person’s home? How weird is that? I know that I was pretty weary about it the very first time that I used it. But after many Airbnb experiences – good and not so good ~ I stand beside this travel housing choice. Keep reading to find out why..

Why Airbnb?
1. It can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be ~ whether you’re looking to stay at a whole fancy home, a bedroom in a total dive or a couch in a living room, you can find it all on Airbnb. You often get what you pay for, and that’s what makes it so great. You can go cheap, reasonable or expensive.

Airbnbs12. There are so many unique options ~ From a shotgun style home in New Orleans and a brand new townhome in Nashville, to a couch in a second-story apartment in St. Louis and a small house boat in Marina Del Rey ~ Airbnb truly has it all. The experiences I listed above were just a few of my own, and they were all ones I will never forget, which is why Airbnb is so great ~ they make every travel experience that much more memorable.

3. You can get a true feel for the city you’re traveling to ~ During most of my travels, I’ve stayed in Airbnbs right in the heart of the cities, so that getting around is easy, and so that I can actually see what it’s like to ‘live’ in that city for a day or two. The Airbnb I stayed at in St. Louis was not located in the best part of town, as there were cops patrolling the area by the hour, but it was quite an experience and I really was able to see the good and bad side of the city. You can’t get that experience by staying in a hotel, folks. And the great thing is that you can choose a more hotel-like experience if you’re looking for something more safe and laid-back. It’s all in your hands – just check the reviews (which brings me to my next point).

4. Real people give real reviews, so you can have an idea of what the place will be like ~ After your stay, you have the opportunity to provide a review of your stay in the Airbnb. These reviews help other travelers choose whether they should stay at that particular rental or not. I always make a point to check the reviews before booking a place.

5. You can get insight from someone who actually lives there ~ Your host can be either present or not when you book your Airbnb. It truly depends on what you’d rather like. The reviews often tell you how good of a host the homeowner is/if they’re even around during your stay, so be sure to check those, and if you choose to have a present host, then you can often ask them any questions you may have about the area, which they will likely gladly answer!

As a clear advocate for Airbnb, I’d say to give it a try. Just keep in mind these few tips while choosing your ideal rental:

  • Know what you’re looking for ~ great location? present host? whole house? private room?
  • Read through the property’s entire description, paying special attention to your personal desired factors listed above.
  • Keep an eye on fees and what the price of the rental will truly be in the end.
  • Check out the reviews! Reviews will tell you A LOT about the property – read through these to get an idea of if this is the place you want to be

With these tips in mind, you are sure to have an interesting, great and certainly memorable Airbnb experience.

Ever stayed in an Airbnb? Share your thoughts and experiences in a comment below!

frugal and free,
Claire