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A Different Way To Travel: Renting Apartments

May 5, 2013

When traveling, sometimes renting and staying in a private apartment can provide much needed space and a breath of fresh air.

My recent trip to Amsterdam was the first time that I stayed in an apartment rental. And the experience proved to be very pleasant and comfortable.

We booked an apartment through Airbnb. It’s a site which lists rental apartments and houses in thousands of cities around the world. You can use the site to list your own space for rent, or you can use it to book a place before you travel.

Depending on your circumstances and your travel style, renting an apartment can be better in many ways than staying at a hotel. Though I must say, it’s not necessarily cheaper.

But I like staying in private apartments because…

  • First of all… you get to see how other real people live. And you can get a local perspective on that particular city. Since I’m such a nosy rosy, this is something that’s definitely my style!
  • Second, it feels much more homey. The apartment provides the usual comforts of home, like a well-equipped kitchen, a washing machine, a dining table, a balcony and garden (if you’re lucky), and sometimes pretty cool neighbors!
  • Third, when you’re booking the apartment, you’re dealing with the people who live in that house and in that area. So they will know how to give you personalized advice on things to do and things to avoid.

Renting an apartment makes sense if you’re staying somewhere for a while. Say two-weeks, or up to a couple of months. Or if you’re traveling in a large group, like with your family or group of friends, and you can easily split the cost amongst yourselves.

Our hosts were a very friendly couple who graciously accommodated our visit. They met us to hand over the apartment keys, and left us with a little booklet filled with instructions and a guide to the city. Then, for the next three days, we had the apartment entirely to ourselves.

I was the one who ended up picking the apartment on Airbnb. I chose it for its spaciousness and clean, minimalist decor.

For me, this place really did feel like a home away from home!

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Comfy Couch

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Learn More About This Apartment On Airbnb

Have you traveled and stayed in a rented apartment before? If not, would it be something you’d like to try?

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Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Road Trip To Amsterdam.

May 4, 2013

I’m still beaming from the road trip I just came back from!

Driving around in a car feels like absolute freedom. If you can’t remember the last time you went on a road trip, then it’s been much too long and you should go on one!

Our driving route took us out of Paris, through the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France, into Bruges in Belgium, and into Amsterdam for three days.

Then, we drove back down through Gent, with a stay in a little deserted beach town in Belgium called De Panne. We laughingly joked that the town should have been called En Panne (meaning, busted/out of order).

Everything about Amsterdam seemed so new and different for me. Honestly, I went there having no idea of what to expect. Which is sometimes the best way to travel.

Of course, Queen’s Day in Amsterdam was stark raving mad!! It may perhaps have been the biggest party I’ve ever seen.

I did set up my goods on the street. I think people were more interested in buying beers than cosmetics. But nevertheless, it was a great experience! And I’m sure with more experience, I’ll get better about my sales pitch 😉

I saw bikes, bikes, bikes! Everywhere bikes! And beautiful canals and boats. And great sunlight.

The vibe in Amsterdam is just so chill. During Queen’s Day, there were lots of people selling their old things. Like clothes!

I felt like I was in garage sale heaven. A girl ended up just giving me an orange Zara coat, and I bought a hardly used Miu Miu bag and a round knitted hat.

Oh the things that I saw!

But sometimes, it’s better to let photos speak for themselves 🙂


Selling In Amsterdam

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Ziba & Cat In The Suitcase

I’m A Hustler, Baby!

April 28, 2013

Happy Sunday, my readers!

As I already mentioned, I’m going on a roadtrip to Amsterdam this week. And I’m really excited about this. But not for any reasons that you might suspect! 😉

I haven’t mentioned this, but… there’s something really cool happening this week in Amsterdam.

On Tuesday, the Dutch are celebrating Queen’s Day!

Yeah, I didn’t know they had a Queen either. But it’s not just any ordinary Queen’s Day. They’re actually getting a new King! This is going to be a festive event of epic proportions. Think of it as their equivalent to Mardi Gras. So as you can imagine, it’s going to be crayzay.

But… that’s not why I’m excited to go. Actually, I’m excited for this day because it is also going to be Free Market Day! It’s an occasion where everyone is free to trade and sell their goods. And I thought this day would be a fun occasion to bring a suitcase full of goods from my shop!

Somehow, the thought of hustling in the streets of Amsterdam is the most delightful aspect of my trip.

But hey, it’s all just for fun. Even if I end up selling jack squat, it doesn’t matter.

What matters is having a blast and meeting lots of fun, cool people!

By the way, I love how right now Ziba’s entire inventory fits in one little tiny white suitcase…

Ziba's Suitcase Shop

Ziba & Cat By The Suitcase

Ziba & Cat In The Suitcase

Paperself Lashes For Sale

So stay tuned this week for stories and photos from my adventures in Amsterdam!

When I get home, I’ll jump right back into writing holistic beauty tips and drawing up product reviews. And, oh yeah, I still need to do Part 2 of Touristy Things To Do In Paris.

Also…

One quick important announcement!!  

I’m extending the Caudalie Product Giveaway. Which means, I’m allowing one extra week for people to sign up. So if you like your friends and family, please pass the word along!

Alright, my loves. I have to run now! But we’ll chat again soon. mwah xoxo