You may be wondering how do the Vagabonds plan on traveling for thirty days and afford to stay in beautiful accommodations in the heart of America’s most beautiful (and expensive) cities? The answer is AirBnB.com. What is it you ask? AirBnb lets people rent out extra rooms, apartments, houses or space – anywhere in the world! Sound strange to you? Sure, I can see that but let’s crunch the numbers.
I found the average cost of a hotel room in each of the cities we are visiting. To do this, I found the cost of a room at a Marriott and a Travel Lodge hotel (figured I’d go with a pricerhotel and a budget hotel) and calculated the average cost. The total for us to stay in Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angels & San Antonio would be $2,296! I know you are thinking that sounds like a lot of money but that’s where AirBnB comes in.
To stay in the same cities for the same amount of time, AirBnB.com will be providing us with top notch accommodations of our choosing, in the heart of those cities at a fraction of the cost. Total cost using AirBnB.com, $1,201! That’s a savings of over a thousand dollars!
Now some of you might say, “I don’t want to stay in a room in someone’s house” or “I’m ok going the cheap route and staying at the Travel Lodge”. Our response, the places, including the rooms in someone’s house, are nicer than most hotels, including the Marriott. Part of our adventure is to meet new people, to talk to people who live in these wonderful cities, and have incredible stories to share with you!
Stay tuned throughout the summer for updates and pictures of all the places we’ll be laying our heads to rest.
’til next time… The Vagabonds