The Voice (by Jayme Del Rosario)
Trying out if black and brown could work together. I think they could. Looking at it, this outfit is a mash of metallic x leather x sporty x chic (without meaning to). Anything can be mixed and matched with anything nowadays. That makes taking care of your superficial self a lot easier. No excuse.
(Have you registered to Airbnb yet? If yes, I like you already. If not yet, do here: AIRBNB FREE membership registration)
As much as hotels are great, convenient, classy, I am not quite a fan of staying in one during my travels—especially trips that I have a big say over. Hotel rooms always look the same, void of character, no surprises. It’s stale. It’s comfortable and nice, but it’s stale. It’s safe. We’re not even talking about those old, mismanaged ones yet.
MY TRAVEL AFFAIR WITH HOSTELS
Hostels, on the other hand, were tainted with not-too-pleasant imageries for me until I was more into traveling and reintroduced to the hosteling culture. Then I discovered a lot of smile-inducing hostels designed with art and colors, and varieties of flavors you only find exploring the world. Then I loved the hostels—way more affordable than hotels, more open to encounter with other travelers, and you get to stay in an artwork of an abode.
(My hostel in Bangkok, Udee Hostel Bangkok)
(My hostel in Kuala Lumpur, Pods backpackers Hostel)
MY TRAVEL AFFAIR WITH AIRBNB
Then I got introduced to Airbnb. I looked at all the spaces available and I immediately fell in love with the concept. Rooms/houses were artistically and tastefully designed in locations off the beaten tourist paths. You get to meet like-minded individuals either in the form of the hosts or the traveling guests, too!
I loved it soo that I have compiled a handful of my own Airbnb Travel Bucket list, just in case life brings me halfway across the world in a short notice.
MY AIRBNB BUCKET LIST
To stay in these spaces is not only exhilarating to say the least, it’s a travel dream come true as well! Italy, UK, Australia, Greece are only some of the items on my to-go to places list that I have yet to check.
Here are few of the interior design-inspiring, some-odd-some-oddly brilliant homes I would like to stay in if the odds decide to be in my favor: (Click on the link to see more of the places)
Airbnb is much like hosteling, only with a wider array of options—options in fact, include staying in a medieval tower, a train, a cave, or a Jack Sparrow house, to name a few, with the locals. What traveler doesn’t want the high of a local immersion? I loved it!
There’s always a story to every space. The hosts are always enthusiastic to have you because, they themselves are usually avid travelers, so you get each other’s needs. It’s more like a personalized accommodation.
PROS OF AIRBNB ACCOMMODATION
My experience hosting and being a guest supported this Airbnb pros for me.
- beautiful interiors/interesting spaces/intriguing locations
- local immersion
- cheaper than a hotel
- more interesting than a hotel
- you get to meet and chat with your host and other like-minded travelers in the common areas + tour with them, maybe= lesser tour cost
- Off-the-beaten path accommodation option
- It’s as safe as hotels and hostels but more flexible in terms (e.g check-in//out times)
- customized and personalized tours by some guests
- artistic/creative vibe
“Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 192 countries”
If you’re wondering why it’s named Airbnb, the company started with the founders renting out their own space during the fully-booked- festival/conference season, and by space, they meant their airbed in their living room and offering breakfast (the same breakfast they’re preparing for themselves :]) to the festival goers.
I suggest you try booking an Airbnb home the next time you travel. That is, if you’re adventurous enough to skip your granny-boring hotel room.
You might want an easy $25 Airbnb credit, just sign-up with this link. Win-win!
Once you’ve signed up, make your own wish list, too! It’s fun! I do it to get interior inspirations and travel destination dreams! Go try! :]
If you’re living in a world that means caring about someone beyond all rationality and wanting them to have everything they want no matter how much it destroys you, it’s love. And if you love someone, you don’t stop. Ever. Even if people roll their eyes or call you crazy, even then, especially then, you don’t give up. Because if I can give up and just take the world’s advice and move on and find someone else, that wouldn’t be love. That would be some disposable thing that is not worth fighting for.
*Found this in my notes. For you who might need these words today.
I have been to several bazaars, but the collection of booths found in Escolta gives me a different high— a smile, a creative inspiration.
Every space, creatively designed, each handmade item, highly covetable.
it’s a bonus that we get to see personalities hovering or covering the event every now and then.
There are performing and visual artists brushing color to the event, too!
It’s a visual feast, a creative inspiration market. And it’s for a cause.
Words found in Baguio