Living Like A Local With @Roomorama.
Oh boy, here we go again! We have left a country we’ve come to love (and got comfortable in) for a new foreign land.
Beth and I are in Goreme, Turkey, and we couldn’t be more excited about our time in the country, which includes five days in Istanbul. I am still amazed that we will have the opportunity to hole up in Istanbul for nearly a week and better yet, we’ll be sharing an apartment with our thrifty world travel friend Brooke of Brooke vs. the World.
Wait an Apartment? Oh yeah!
Our flat in the Galata neighborhood of the city kicks off the beginning of our partnership with Roomorama, who is our accommodations sponsor for Istanbul, Prague and Venice. We are really excited to be working with Roomorama to showcase another option for travelers looking to live like a local for less than the cost of a hotel and even some of the hostels in Europe.
Expanding our Accommodations’ Arsenal
Last year we discovered that staying at a European Bed and Breakfast was basically like renting a room in an apartment, except cheaper, and nothing like its doily soaked, folksy, overtly romantic American counterparts. We’ve been excited about returning to Europe ever since, because it gives us one more budget option to add to our accommodations’ arsenal of camping, cheap hotels (like the one we stayed at in Thessaloniki, Greece), hostels and couchsurfing.
In the past we used sites like TripAdvisor for finding our European B&Bs and Craigslist for American apartment rentals, but honestly, finding anything with those sites is a tedious process and in the case of the latter a bit dodgy.
It was only earlier this year, we discovered Roomorama and realized they’ve done a fantastic job of streamlining and socializing the process of finding an apartment, or even a room to rent, for cities all over the world through an easy to navigate website that enables you to search, view, plot your property in Google maps (one of our favorite features), read reviews and get in touch with the owners directly. In essence, its kind of like having free, unbiased access to a citywide vacation rental list to search, plan, book or just daydream at your leisure.
During the next month, we will be taking you into our digs as if we are Robin Leach showing you the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Except we are not rich, famous nor do either one of us have a cool British accent, so in other words it will be like MTV Cribs: Travel Edition–minus the 10,000 square feet and immaculately kept fridge with bottles of Dom Perignon spilling out of it.
In the mean time, I highly recommend checking out Roomorama online to see for yourself, especially if you are planning an upcoming trip. I think you will be amazed at all the properties they have around the world for virtually any budget. And if you just like to daydream, Roomorama is a great for that too! Just insert a destination, pick some arbitrary dates and let the perusing begin; this could be the start of your most wonderful journey yet.
Stay tuned for our upcoming story about living like a local in Istanbul.
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