Living Like A Local With @Roomorama.

By Posted in - Featured Post on October 24th, 2011


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.

Three Brookes | By Booke Schoenman

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.

Eat you heart Jay-Z and Beyonce! Wait ’til you see our Roomorama Cribs.


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.

Roomorama is also on Twitter and Facebook, so if you’ve got some time to kill until the weekend, head on over and say Howdy. I promise they are good folks!

Stay tuned for our upcoming story about living like a local in Istanbul.

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  • Gail -

    October 24, 2011 at 4:18 am

    I think that you have found a way to experience a very good vacation, I myself have been in Goreme once and I shall remember my stay there for a life time!

    • Randy -

      October 27, 2011 at 10:40 pm

      @Gale Holiday, Yes, I can honestly say Goreme will stick with us too for the rest of our lives, especially the sunrise balloon ride we took.

  • jamie -

    October 24, 2011 at 6:10 am

    I ADORE ROOMORAMA!!! They have the best apartments and most are very affordable, it’s great when i travel in a group or with my family. they have a really helpful team too, when i first used them i had so many questions to ask and emailed them. they replied within a few days with all the answers and that’s how i got hooked onto roomorama!! you’re going to have a blast staying with them! cant wait to read about your apartments in all those lovely cities. have a great time!

    • Randy -

      October 27, 2011 at 10:51 pm

      @jamie, Thanks Jaime for sharing your experience with Roomorama. We’ve had similar experiences with Roomorama when we were booking our places. The communication between them as well as the apartment host has been great and a big help, because it allowed us to build a relationship with the host before we arrived.
      We are in our apartment in Istanbul now and loving it! If you would like to see some pictures of our place, you can them out on our Facebook page:

  • Vera Marie Badertscher -

    October 26, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I am really looking forward to your reports on your Turkey stay. 1) because from the reading I’ve done, you’re in the neighborhood I’d want to stay in and 2) because I’m a devotee of renting from HomeAway and am eager to see a comparison to Roomarama.

    • Randy -

      October 27, 2011 at 11:12 pm

      @Vera Marie Badertscher, Well Vera, I can honestly say that this neighborhood (and apartment) is awesome. Our place is less than a minute a walk to Tunel Square and Galata Tower, which actually towers over our place. Also, the area around our apartment feels much more local than some of the other areas we’ve visited.

      We’ve never used HomeAway, so I won’t be able to compare
      Roomorama to them; however, we will be writing stories about each of our stays with Roomorama, so hopefully those will give you a better idea about what you can expect.

  • I Love Hostels, But… @Roomorama to the Rescue -

    November 3, 2011 at 6:37 am

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  • Sarahsomewhere -

    November 9, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Cool, thanks for the tip, might do some daydreaming now…

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