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On Saturday, I’m setting out on a road trip with my boyfriend Brent. He’s lived in Portland for three years, but hasn’t explored much north of here, and since I’m a Washington native, I decided that he needed to see some of the places I love. Also he has a fun car. So we’re heading out for eight days! I’m so excited.
We’re using AirBnB for the first time. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a cool online space where you can make money off your home. You post pictures of either a spare bedroom or your entire home (we opted with the entire home version for our first trip, maybe we’ll be more brave and talk to strangers next time!) and people can book one or two nights in a comfy, furnished place.
From my perspective, it’s a great way to save money in a few ways. One, AirBnB users set rates that are way less expensive than hotels. Two, there are kitchens everywhere, so even though we’re on vacation, we get the opportunity to eat out when we want to, instead of having to eat out for every meal, leading to restaurant fatigue. (Fun fact: restaurant prices do not change when you’re tired of eating in restaurants, so it’s worthwhile to be excited when you go out!)
I ordered up a week’s worth of gorgeous weather just for this trip.
Here’s our itinerary. Let me know if we’ll be in your city at a free moment for you!
Saturday, July 27th: Olympia, WA
We’ll stay with my parents. And, actually, it’ll be a full house! I’m sure this isn’t Brent’s ideal day, but my sister and her fiancee and her future mother-in-law are coming too, and we’re going wedding dress shopping! Well, okay, the girls are going wedding dress shopping. I am sure that Brent and my dad and my sister’s fiancee are going to find themselves at a bar somewhere.
Sunday, July 28th: Olympic Peninsula
This is the only day we’re not staying at an AirBnB place, and that’s only because the one we found had some scheduling conflicts. We’ll meet up with one of my oldest friends and his family and explore the beauty that is the Olympic Peninsula. We’ll end our day in Port Angeles.
Monday, July 29th: Victoria, BC
We’re taking the earliest ferry (no, spell check, I did not mean fairy!) of the day to lovely Victoria, the city that puts the British in British Columbia. We are staying at an AirBnB in Victoria’s Inner Harbour (oh extra vowels how I love thee) and we’ll be close to the hustle and bustle of the street performers and water taxis and fancy hotels and long walks outside. We’re staying two nights so we’ll be able to go to some of the quieter, quainter parts of Vancouver Island, a place I adore.
Wednesday, July 31st: Vancouver, BC
I think we’re staying in Vancouver’s West End for our two days in this cosmopolitan city. We’ll either run or ride bikes in Stanley Park, and then do a lot of exploring. I’m thinking Chinatown, Granville Island, maybe visit a farmers market or two, and take suggestions from my Vancouver friends.
Friday, August 2nd: Seattle, WA
So much exploring! We’re staying at an AirBnB in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood, and the owner of that place has already mailed the key to my parents’ house! Maybe we can catch a baseball game? Depends on what we feel like. We’re only staying one night here, because it’s close enough to Portland to come back on a regular length weekend (unlike the added time for the border crossing and ferry riding we’ll do up north).
Saturday, August 3rd: Olympia, WA
We’ll come back and spend more time with my parents in Olympia. If Brent’s lucky, we’ll go on a “this is Kathleen’s past” tour of schools and hangouts from my younger days.
Asking for your help:
- Where should we eat?
- Is there anything we should know about AirBnB?
- If we’re visiting your city, can we meet?