Airbnb vs Hotels: Which is better?

Airbnb vs Hotels: Which is better?

If you like to travel, you’ve probably asked yourself a time or two if staying at an Airbnb is better than staying at a hotel. When it comes to finding the best deals and the most comfort, weighing out the pros and cons is important!

It’s so secret that hotels have been around forever. And while they offer a lot of comfort and security, Airbnb is making quite the splash in the travel industry comparatively. Traveling has become more about having a lot of the comforts of home than convenience and the movement of staying in hotels has shifted considerably over the past 5 years or so. 

This blog post is not sponsored in any way by Airbnb. All thoughts and views are my own.

How is Airbnb different than a hotel?

If you’ve never used Airbnb before, you might not know just how. different they are. Literally, almost everything about them is different or unique from a hotel.

Airbnbs are typically entire houses or apartments that you get to rent out for the night, weekend, week or month. They’re always furnished with everything that you need to show up and relax. 

In addition to that, they have cable and wi-fi included, and oftentimes, you might just find that your Airbnb has a private pool as well. When staying at an Airbnb, it really is like staying in a home….because more times than not, that’s exactly what you’re doing. 

Is Airbnb more expensive?

That’s the kicker. Not always. Sometimes you can get a stellar deal on Airbnb and save some serious cash. Other times, you might pay more. If you have a large group of people traveling together for a trip or vacation, finding a home big enough that is rentable as an Airbnb is a perfect solution.

That way, everyone can stay together in the same house, eat meals together, cook in the kitchen together, swim in the pool together, and stay up late bonding and hanging out in the living room together as well.

When you compare that same scenario to staying in a hotel, it’s just different. Everyone would be split up into various rooms, some hotels don’t offer kitchens to cook or eat in, and the pool closes at whatever time they want. it’s just quite different from Airbnb.

Can you negotiate with Airbnb?

This depends. But there are many people out there who claim that they negotiated the price of their stay at their Airbnb. Just like everything else in life, consider the factors of why you’re wanting to negotiate. If you’re looking at staying long-term, you might consider asking if there is a better price than what is offered.

Many Airbnb owners might be happy to discount the nightly rental price if they know that they’ve got someone who wants to stay for several weeks. It’s less work and cleaning on their part and makes it an easier transition.

Compared to hotels, however, you might not be able to negotiate as much. Hotels are known for offering deep discounts when it’s slow season and discounts for the military as well. 

While it isn’t a given to get a discount with your Airbnb, all you really need to do is ask and see if it’s an option. The worst that can happen is that you’ll hear the word, “no”.

Is Airbnb ruining hotels?

They aren’t. With all the traveling that happens on a daily basis, there is honestly enough room for both hotels and Airbnbs in this world. People who are looking for space and that “home” feeling like Airbnbs’s while those who like location and breakfast made in the morning for them prefer hotels.

Even though they are both extremely different from one another, both offer great perks for a wide variety of travelers. 

Are Airbnbs better than hotels?

This question depends on your personal preference. To get your answer, ask yourself what you and your family look for when traveling. If you’re looking for a great location, food and restaurant options on-site, and stress-free living where almost everything is taken care of, a hotel is going to be your best bet.

However, if you’re wanting an entire house to relax and cook in, the possibility of a private pool, and the experience of “living” in a town as one of the locals, renting out an Airbnb just might need to be on your radar.

And if you don’t know the answer, that just means that you need to try out both. Rent a room in a hotel for a trip and rent out an Airbnb for the next. That way, both will be fresh in your mind and you can compare and find out what you truly like better.

The great news is that there are stellar options to consider now when traveling from place to place. No longer do you have to settle for a hotel or rental that just isn’t up to par. The traveling industry is booming and creating great options that afford travelers luxury and comfort.

So, Do you think that Airbnbs are better than hotels?

This blog post is not sponsored in any way by Airbnb. All thoughts and views are my own.

The Pros and Cons of Traveling Alone

The Pros and Cons of Traveling Alone

Are you dreaming of traveling alone at least once in your life? Solo travel is one of the most magical experiences you can have. Traveling alone means being in charge of your schedule, doing activities YOU want to do, and not waiting on others to decide whether to book the ticket!

With that said, traveling alone can come with unique challenges. If you’re thinking of making a solo trip and wondering whether to go ahead and book the flight or not, keep reading!

Pros and Cons of Traveling Alone

Pros of Traveling Alone

You’re in charge

One of the biggest pros of traveling solo is that you can do whatever you want. If you feel like sleeping in, go ahead! You can do that if you feel like soaking in the local scenery rather than hitting the clubs. When you travel with other people, everyone has to compromise and do things other people want to do. This means you’ll have to spend time doing things you’re not super excited about, but it can also lead to arguments that can ruin the trip for everyone (and even hurt relationships).

You can go for as long as you’d like

Another huge pro of traveling alone is that you can leave when you want and return home when you feel like it (and your schedule allows). You know your vacation time, and you can use it. You set the time clock, and you don’t have to arrange your travels around other people’s vacation time.

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Cons of Traveling Alone

Loneliness can be an issue.

This might not be the case for everyone, especially if you’re an introvert like me. It can get tricky for extroverts who thrive on social interactions to travel solo. Moreover, some destinations are best to travel to with friends (i.e., Las Vegas!).

If you think loneliness might be an issue, you can opt to stay at a social hostel where you can make new friends and go out. If you’re not keen on sharing a dorm with other people, many hostels offer private rooms to have your own space to sleep while still socializing and meeting people in the common areas.

Another option is to join Facebook groups to see if another solo traveler is hitting up the same destination or download apps like Bumble BFF, where you can meet locals and travelers alike to share your travels with!

You have to be careful.

One of the most significant downsides of traveling solo, especially as a woman, is to be extra careful. With that said, though, as long as you keep your wits about (just like you would at home – i.e., don’t walk in a dark alley at midnight and don’t accept drinks from strangers), you’ll be totally fine!

So there you have it! Despite the apparent cons, traveling alone is an incredible experience that you should not miss out on. If you’re unsure whether or not solo travel is for you, why not try a short trip close to home to test the waters before going on a more significant trip yourself?

Are you thinking of traveling solo? Let me know all about it in the comment section below!

3 West Coast Cities with Thriving Art & Music Scenes

3 West Coast Cities with Thriving Art & Music Scenes

Many people visit the West Coast to explore the culture and enjoy the flourishing art scene.

The art scene in these three particular cities is a massive draw for tourists worldwide. The beauty of these cities is found in their architecture and the museums, galleries, and outdoor sculptures that can be found around every corner.

Each city has its own unique culture, but they all share similar opportunities for artists to produce great work. Here’s why these cities thrive above the rest. 

Los Angeles

Los Angeles has a vibrant art and music scene, so it is the perfect place to live for creative people who want to pursue their passion.

LA is not only home to the world-renowned entertainment industry but also an international art and music hub. This city has been a popular destination for artists since the late 1800s.

This city’s culture of creativity has made it one of the top places in the world for artists and musicians due to the high number of galleries, museums, performance venues, recording studios, and other places where artists can exhibit their work. The arts also attract tourists from all over the world.


Seattle is a city that has been attracting artists and musicians for decades. The city has a diverse and creative culture that allows artists to flourish.

Seattle’s music scene is so strong because of its independent spirit, reflected in the local music industry. There are many venues for live shows, and the city’s cultural institutions have helped create a thriving local art community.

Seattle also has a vibrant arts scene with museums like the Seattle Art Museum and the Frye Art Museum. These make Seattle an international destination for art lovers.

The vibrant cultural scene in Seattle attracts people from all over the world. Seattle apartments for rent are some of the most sought-after in America because of its reputation as one of the best cities to live in.

San Francisco

San Francisco has always been a hub of creativity and innovation. From the Gold Rush era to the present day, this city has always been at the forefront of art movements. Artists and musicians flock to San Francisco because it supports their work with various organizations like SF Arts Commission and SFMOMA.

San Francisco is an excellent place for artists and musicians because it has an abundance of art galleries, museums, theaters, festivals, clubs, and street performers. It also has a large population of people who are creative and open-minded.

The diversity in San Francisco makes it so appealing to artists and musicians. They can find inspiration from worldwide while living in this city.

Why the West Coast is the Best Coast for Artists

The West Coast has always been known as a place rich in culture and creativity where people have been able to thrive and create amazing things.

The West Coast is the best coast for artists, and the reason why is because of all the fantastic opportunities available to them. There are so many places to live, work, and study in this region that it’s hard to find a place that can compare.

5 Cheap & Easy Ways to Travel on a Budget

5 Cheap & Easy Ways to Travel on a Budget

Traveling seems to be at the top of everyone’s bucket list. And rightfully so! Traveling opens so many doors to the other avenues of the world. Here are 5 Tips For Budget Travel.

Think of all the things you’d be missing out on if you were forever sitting on your couch watching TV, letting the world pass you by. Don’t let that happen to you.

Instead of sitting and staring out the window and daydreaming of all the places you want to visit, why not make it happen? Traveling is possible for anyone to do! While most people will state that the valid reason that holds them back from traveling is the cost, that doesn’t make it an excuse. If you want to travel, there are ways to make it happen. 

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5 Tips For Budget Travel:

Do your research on becoming a house-sitter.

Yes, this is a thing. People do this all day, every day, and some people treat this as their way of life. Can you imagine being able to go to a different city to house sit for someone who is on vacation? If you can imagine it, it’s time to make it happen.

While house-sitting is technically considered a “job,” it’s usually minimal. Make sure the house appears lived in to deter burglars (no parties!), take care of any plants or animals that they may have, or possibly even do a bit of light-cleaning in the downtime, but for free accommodations and the chance to travel to a new city or town? Sign me up!

Travel with friends.

If you aren’t keen on traveling alone in the first place, why not see about getting a group together for those traveling plans? You know what they say… the larger the group, the cheaper the bill. When you travel together, you can cut the costs of just about everything!

Lodging, hotel, gas, food… you name it, especially if you go somewhere like Las Vegas! Grab your girls and have some fun! If you split the cost of everything, you’ll be able to splurge on something unique.

Book your trips during the non-tourist times of the year.

Traveling in primetime is expensive! If you don’t honestly care about the time of the year, why not book during the seasons when the costs are less? Head to the beach during the winter (it’ll still be warm, right?) or take a trip to Disney during one of their down months. You’ll still get to travel and save some major dough!

Research hotel prices before you book.

Many different travel sites offer ways to save money on hotel bookings. Priceline offers “express deals,” like flash sales that discount certain hotels and have their famous “name your own price” for varying hotels.

If you plan accordingly and do your research, you can save up to 40% off the listed hotel prices! I love to stay at IHG Properties, and their prices aren’t too high either! There’s also Expedia, Kayak, and Hotwire… to name a few. Budget travel is easier than you think!

Make it a workcation.

If you have a job that allows you to work from home, why not do a bit of work wherever you travel? You will still earn money, which will help make your trip cost less money. The more you work, the more you technically save. Remember that it’s supposed to be a fun traveling trip, so having the separation between the two is vital.

Don’t let the initial heavy price tag of traveling worry you. If you want to travel, find a way to make it happen. When you are looking to book your travels, don’t ever book the first price that you are shown! Do your research and search around to find the best possible deals.

Also, try to incorporate a few of the suggestions above to see if it can help you save even more!

The more money you save, the more traveling that you can do! And the more traveling that you can do, the happier you’ll be. Work on visiting all those destinations on your bucket list at the most affordable price possible. Be patient, plan and then enjoy once your feet hit the pavement and start to explore. 

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How To Pack A Suitcase Correctly

How To Pack A Suitcase Correctly

Packing a suitcase can seem daunting, especially if you’re doing it last minute (like I did earlier this month). I was stressing out all week only to procrastinate, but I wanted to share the tips I’ve learned about how to pack a suitcase correctly.

Usually, I pack several times before leaving for the airport because I tend to overpack and change my mind about what I am bringing. However, with the help of my friends, here are some steps to pack like a pro!

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Pack early

Pack that suitcase early. It will save you from the last-minute stress of packing. It will give you time to make sure everything you’re supposed to take with you is there. And you’ll be able to organize your items neatly and efficiently.

I am speaking from experience on this one. On the last trip I went on, I had to repack several times less than 12 hours before my trip. I clearly overpacked and definitely learned my lesson.

Does the suitcase work?

Make sure that suitcase works. Are there any rips or tears in the materials? Does the handle work, and the wheels turn? Start by checking everything out before loading up the suitcase with all of your stuff. If you find that your suitcase isn’t in good condition, it’s fine! Going shopping last minute for a new suitcase is also an option!

Be mindful of the weight.

Before you even start packing, make a list of the things you cannot live without on your trip. Get realistic and make sure you ONLY carry what you will need. You probably don’t need three pairs of heels if you’re going on a vacation to the beach! Trust me on this one… I always bring more shoes than I need.

Not only will carrying more than you need mean that you’ll have a hard time managing and carrying your luggage, but it can also wind up costing you money as you might have to pay for excess weight. Make sure you have some space to carry any cute things and souvenirs you might want to bring home!

EXPERT TIP: Once your list is made, make a pile of items to pack and go through it. Have a pile for “absolutely coming” and another for “would like to have it.” Once you have your two piles separated, pack the “absolutely coming” pile and see how much space is left.

If it helps, think about this quote when you’re packing, “if you pack it, you carry it.” My friends always tell me this is their rule when they pack. They learned the hard way when they were on their 3-month trip to Europe.

And, of course, I learned that myself during my trip to Las Vegas to see BTS. *LOL* It was a struggle.

Guard your liquids

Any items that contain liquids should be stored in a zipped-up pouch to prevent them from leaking. If your trip is short, I recommend putting more oversized products like shampoo and body gels into smaller containers to make them easier to carry. Instead, you can always put them in a small quart-sized bag in your carry-on.

Place essential things at the top.

Medicines, toiletries, underwear, and things you’ll need daily should be super accessible to avoid scrambling through your bag and re-organizing going through security.

Carry fragile items separately.

Computers, cameras, and anything that can break should be carried in a separate bag (i.e., a day bag you carry with you at all times). If there’s something you must pack and cannot carry with you, wrap it up in bubble wrap to keep it from breaking. If you’re traveling by plane, you have no control over how it will be handled once you drop it off at check-in.

Add a protective layer of plastic.

Once you’ve double-checked everything in there, zip up the suitcase and wrap it up with a protective layer of plastic for extra protection!

How To Create The Best Sleep Environment

How To Create The Best Sleep Environment

Every night, you should have a routine before you go to sleep. And creating a sleep environment that keeps you comfortable is almost just as important.

Ultimately, your sleeping environment should work for you and include things that will help you sleep soundly. This also includes whenever and wherever you’re traveling.

I wanted to share my experience in creating a sleep environment that works. Even though this is what worked for me, things will be different for you. I just wanted to give you some information to consider if you’re trying to find different ways to sleep better.

Sleep Environment

4 Easy Tips For Creating The Best Sleeping Environment:

Choose The Best Mattress For Your Body

Before moving into my new apartment, I had a 13-year-old mattress that was not working for my body. It was saggy on the side I slept on and didn’t give my back the support it needed. 

When I went mattress shopping, I was somewhat focused on the budget. Still, I mainly wanted a mattress that wouldn’t make too much noise. I decided on a memory foam mattress, and I have been so happy since!

Sleeping well is one of the best things you can do for your health, so be sure you know what you want in a mattress. Test several of them out before deciding. Don’t choose one because it’s cheaper than the others.

Understand How You Sleep

As a side and stomach sleeper, I needed something to conform to my body while I slept. And I didn’t want to wake my husband up from tossing and turning every night. So, I knew that something like a memory foam mattress would be the best for us.

I also need to sleep with a slightly firmer pillow for my neck and shoulders. Since I have had neck and shoulder issues and migraines, I have tried out my fair share of pillows. Typically I sleep with 2-3 pillows, but that will be different for everyone. I know people with at least ten pillows on their bed, which works for them. (girl, you do you.)

If you sleep in the same bed with a partner, make sure you consider their sleeping habits so you both can be comfortable.

Control The Temperature Where You Sleep

Know what temperature you need the room to be while you sleep. This is another area where everyone’s preference will be different, and that’s okay.

I may be crazy, but I even sleep with a fan running in the middle of winter. Having air on my face helps my body stay cool since I tend to run a little hot when I sleep. It helps me regulate my body temperature while still being comfortable.

Know What You Need When You Travel

When I travel, I have a few things I bring with me. I always bring a travel pillow, a mini fan, and several different types of pajama bottoms. I want to have different options to utilize if needed to make my stay more comfortable. Disclaimer: I also stay in good hotels with great beds and pillows. 

If you’re backpacking, chances are you’re trying to save money, so hostels are usually your ideal place to stay. And I have friends who swear by them. However, you don’t know what kind of mattresses you will be sleeping on until you get there. This would honestly concern me because I typically stay in hotels.

If you’re traveling the country with an RV, Camper, or Trailer, things can be tailored to your needs. For example, there are mattresses that you can buy, like the short queen size RV mattress, which can fit anywhere without sacrificing comfort. Also, having your own RV, Camper, or Trailer means that you’re in charge of what you put there! It’s a great way to travel on the cheap, too!

How do you create the best sleeping environment for yourself? Do you have any tips that you swear by? Comment below and let me know!