FlipKey Apartment Rental in Santa Monica

FlipKey

Getting close to the Santa Monica Pier at our FlipKey rental.

Finding lodging options in one of the largest cities in the U.S. wasn’t going to be an easy task. With a multitude of hotel rooms, condos and apartments to consider, not to mention what neighborhood we’d want to stay in while in the Los Angeles area, the lodging search could’ve been overwhelming. But when I decided to check out a FlipKey apartment rental in Santa Monica, the selection was no longer overwhelming.

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My Pros and Cons of Hostels

Toronto skyline

Enjoying one of the many events at the 2013 TBEX conference in Toronto, my first and only experience staying in a hostel.

I’ll be honest, I’ve only stayed in one hostel. And other than my contact lenses getting thrown out mistakenly by the cleaning crew (long story), I have no complaints about the stay. The room was clean, my roommates were pleasant and everyone in the facility was friendly. But I think we all get a feel for when something makes sense for us as travelers, and staying in hostels just isn’t my cup of tea. Here are my pros and cons of hostels.

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Red Cat House: A Haven in the Heart of Taos

Taos

Before traveling to Taos, N.M., I had heard the mountain town is full of character … and a few characters. Taos isn’t on the way to anywhere, unless your destination is a town with a cool vibe and beautiful mountains all around. And that’s why we were excited to spend a couple of days in this beautiful and laid-back mountain town. We wanted to discover the unique Taos character. When we arrived in Taos we quickly met our host for the evening, and one of the community’s real characters. We had arrived at the Red Cat House, where we found a carefree, artsy, cool and eccentric lady who quickly came to represent everything Taos means to me.

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Why We Stay in Vacation Apartments

Being able to walk into the front door of this brownstone every night made staying in an apartment in Brooklyn worth it.

Being able to walk into the front door of this brownstone every night made staying in an apartment in Brooklyn worth it.

Have you ever considered staying in a vacation apartment when traveling? I hadn’t until discovering VRBO six years ago when looking for a beach condo along the U.S. Gulf Coast. I quickly discovered the availability of apartment rentals in cities on the site and since have used it for stays in numerous U.S. and international destinations. Here is a look at why we often stay in vacation apartments.

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