By Stephanie Spillmann 1/22/18
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Best Ways to Save on Travel: Our $1200 Savings in San Diego, Seattle, and Dallas
We saved $1245.00 on our last three trips to San Diego, Seattle, and Dallas by not using hotels or rental car companies. That’s a huge amount to save on travel!
Staying in San Diego
This past summer, my daughter and I visited my parents in north San Diego — the little beach town of Carlsbad. Their house is tiny, so we rented a gorgeous room in a nearby condo with Airbnb.
This was my first experience with Airbnb, and I’ll never go back to hotels again. Our room in Carlsbad was a master suite with an attached bathroom.The bed was luxuriously comfortable, and the bedding was fresh and updated in a stylish dove gray with plenty of throw pillows.
Our Airbnb room had a Keurig coffee maker with several varieties of coffee and tea pods for us to use. The bathroom was immaculate, and included various amenities as hair products, hair dryer, and fancy soaps.
All in all, we had a perfect stay only 3 miles away from my parents’ house. There was plenty of privacy, and we only interacted with our hosts once when we arrived. I would stay there again in a heartbeat.
Besides the location and comfort of the place, the price was the best selling point. That lovely Carlsbad condo through Airbnb was only $52 per night, so our total for the six nights was $330.
Comparable hotels in that area, at Expedia.com prices, were $140 per night. Our stay in a hotel would have been $840. Using Airbnb in San Diego saved us a total of $510!
Driving in San Diego
We also needed to rent a car in San Diego, and decided to try out the peer-to-peer car rental company, Turo. We were not disappointed.
The comparable rental cars in the area were $400 for a week. We paid only $210 for the Toyota Camry. We saved $190 by using Turo!
Sleeping in Seattle
I took my daughter to college this past fall, and we needed a place to stay in north Seattle for four nights. My experience with Airbnb the previous month in San Diego was so great, that I was excited to see what was available in Seattle.
We found a sweet room with Airbnb listed as “Room Under the Stairs”, and it was truly enchanting. Located in a north suburb of Seattle — a historic craftsman style home from the 1930’s — was a room straight out of Harry Potter.
In an alcove under the staircase, there was a platform bed set in with little twinkling lights and a curtain for extra effect. My daughter snagged that little piece of heaven, and I claimed a cozy iron and brass bed across from a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf filled with old treasures and classics.
This amazing Seattle Airbnb home cost us only $58 per night, and we can’t wait to stay again. Comparable prices at local hotels were $130 per night. Our four nights with Airbnb totalled $315. Our total travel savings came to $205 with Airbnb.
A Minivan in Seattle
We rented a minivan in Seattle for two days with Turo, so we could move my daughter into her dorm at the university. The owner went out of his way to meet us in a convenient place since we didn’t know the area, and took all back seats out so we could fit her bike, boxes, and clothes.
Renting the minivan with Turo was $35 per day for two days for a total of $70. The car rental companies in Seattle are very expensive due to the high tourism taxes. A minivan for two days would have cost $150 through a rental company. We saved $80 by renting with Turo.
Big Savings On a Business Trip to Dallas
In October, I had a business trip in Dallas, which is a beautiful city by the way! I was blown away. With conferences downtown for four days, I needed a place right in the city. Using Airbnb went without question.
I found a great apartment in a two-year-old complex only 3 miles from the Dallas hotel where my convention was held. My room was a master suite with a gorgeous bathroom. The whole apartment was stylish and contemporary.
The host made it very easy to come and go with a code for the automatic door lock system. I felt right at home, and it was quiet and private. This downtown Dallas apartment through Airbnb was $65 per night, and came to $340 for four nights.
The comparable downtown Dallas hotels were in the $150-per-night range. So a four-night stay would have cost me around $600 or more. I saved at least $260 renting a room in Dallas with Airbnb.
Ready to Try Something New and Save On Travel?
It’s hard to break out of familiar habits, and renting cars and hotel rooms while traveling is second nature for most people. If you’re willing to break out of the norm, you’ll save a bundle of cash on your next business trip or vacation renting through Airbnb and Turo.
Airbnb offers amazing choices in every price range in almost any city (worldwide!) you can think of. The home atmosphere and almost guaranteed quiet night’s sleep should lure anyone out of that stuffy hotel.
Turo is the best idea since sliced bread (as my grandma used to say…ha). It’s so much fun to look through their listings and find the exact type of car you’d like to drive for the exact price point you’re willing to pay. Once you rent a car with Turo, you’ll never go back.
**Great money-making tip! If you want to earn money with either of these great companies, it’s as easy as signing up. Turo will let you list your car, when you’re not using it, to earn some of the most passive income you’ll ever make.
Imagine kicking back and watching football for the weekend while your car goes to work for you with Turo!
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