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travel inspiration for small budgets and big dreams

A Beginner’s Guide to Airbnb

* First things first. What is Airbnb? How does it work? Airbnb lets you rent someone’s home — that’s the simple explanation. Instead of booking a hotel when you’re traveling, you can use Airbnb to find accommodations in the place where you’re going. Will I be renting a room or an entire home? You can […]

Where to Stay in Venice: Hotel Il Mercante di Venezia

Location was our foremost consideration when we looked for accommodations in Venice. We were only going to be there for two days, leaving very early from Venezia Santa Lucia on the second morning, so we wanted to stay in a hotel near the train station. However, we also wanted to make sure that the hotel […]

Where to Stay in Paris: Hotel Terminus Lyon

It was a last-minute decision to stay at the Hotel Terminus Lyon (and by “last-minute” I mean that the decision was made a few days before we filed our visa application, 2 months before our trip). We had planned to take a sleeper train from Nice to Paris, to save on time and accommodations, but […]

Where to Stay in Paris: Grand Hotel du Loiret

As much as possible when I’m traveling, I like to stay in a central area that will allow me to walk to places of interest and easily access public transportation. The drawback of centrally located hotels is that they tend to be more expensive than those in the peripheries, but with a bit of research […]