My first experience renting from Airbnb

Airbnb is an online service that connects people looking to rent their homes with people who are looking for accommodations.Hosts list their available properties on the website which allows them to promote their spaces with photos and descriptions, they are also able to set their own availability and prices. Guests can search through the database and refine searches by room type, neighborhood, price, amenities and host language. Each user will have a profile with reviews from previous interactions and is a great way to get to know who you’ll be dealing with. There are currently over 550,000 listing available throughout 192 countries and spaces can range from a spare couch in someone’s basement to private villas and yachts. If you’re feeling royal there’s even a castle!

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The two sides of Kenai Fjords National Park

Kenai Fjords National Park features the best of Alaska’s natural beauty within its rugged expanse. Located at the tip of the Kenai Peninsula the park is crowned by the Harding Icefield which gives rise to 38 glaciers that carve out bowl-shaped, forested valleys on one side and slowly crash into the bays feeding the Gulf of Alaska on the other. You’ll need at least  two days to get a taste of what this diverse area has to offer.

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I’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award!

Once again I’m humbled to have been honored with a nomination for the Versatile Blogger Award by not just one, but two awesome blogs!  The Vesatile Blogger Award was created to feature recognize blogs that have unique content and fantastic photos. A huge thanks to the awesome pair of Ashley and Alex from In Pursuit of Adventure and  the lovely Stephanie Mayo with her two blogs The World as I see It and Lady of the Zoos.

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Seville Cathedral

The architecture of Seville Cathedral

 

No building captures the history of Seville quite like the Seville Cathedral. The Moorish, Gothic and Renaissance architecture of this UNESCO World Heritage Site tell the story of not just the Cathedral, but of Seville itself. La Giralda, or the bell tower, was originally constructed in 1184 as the minaret of the mosque that previously stood here and was modeled after the Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakesh.Originally topped with four copper spheres this Moorish tower was used both to call the faithful to prayer and as an observatory over the city; however after an earthquake damaged the upper portion of La Giralda was replaced with a Spanish Renaissance style bell tower in 1568.Wandering through Seville’s labyrinthine streets my first encounter with Moorish architecture was La Giralda’s intricate lattices and arches all aglow and I was enchanted.

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25 Things to do in Alexaandria, Virginia www.casualtravelist.com

25 Things to do in Old Town Alexandria

Old Town is perfect for a quick getaway as I recently discovered during a weekend trip to celebrate my anniversary. Located minutes from Washington DC it feels worlds away with its independent nature inspiring the creative spirits behind the art galleries, boutiques and chef-driven restaurants that call Old Town home. Whether your looking to explore Alexandria’s revolutionary roots with your family or taking a romantic trip with your sweetheart you’re sure to love your time in this charming riverside city.

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The Lodge at Chaa Creek – a posh jungle retreat in Belize

The Lodge at Chaa Creek offers up a bit of luxury for those wishing to explore the Belizean jungle. Located near the town of San Ignacio Chaa Creek was a pioneer in green tourism welcoming guests to experience  jungle adventures since 1981.The Lodge has a reputation as one of the best eco-lodges in Central America and counts Prince Harry and Bill Gates among its guests. Being green comes naturally here with their commitment to sustainable tourism practices earning them a Green Globe certification. The Lodge is proud of their pristine jungle location and seeks to protect this environment while sharing its natural beauty with visitors with a variety of educational eco-tours and community outreach programs.

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Treetop thrills at the Adventure Park in Virginia Beach

The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium is a unique addition to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Located a short drive from the popular Oceanfront resort area the Adventure Park is an aerial ropes course with over 170 platforms and a variety of of “elements”  including bridges, obstacles and zip lines that offer up adventure with a bird’s eye view.

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I’m honored to be nominated for The Liebster Award!

What is the Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award is an award from bloggers to highlight new bloggers and bring their sites to a wider audience. A big thanks to Erin Jorgensen of The Caffeinated Day Tripper  and John Roberts of  In the Loop Travel , be sure to check these guys out!

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3 Meals: Where to eat in Alexandria, Virginia

The independent spirit that exists in historic Alexandria, Virginia has inspired some of the nation’s top chefs and food purveyors. Strolling down the cobblestone streets  I found myself tempted by the charming cafes and creative restaurants housed among 18th and 19th century architecture. Whether your looking for revolutionary dining or a meal rooted in tradition your taste buds are sure to be happy in Alexandria.

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Boutique bliss at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Alexandria

A weekend spent exploring the charming cobblestone streets of Alexandria, Virginia calls for an equally stylish hotel and Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco Alexandria is the perfect compliment to Old Town’s independent spirit.  Located near Market Square the Monaco is convenient for exploring Alexandria’s historic sights or the scores of independent boutiques, galleries and restaurants throughout Old Town. Entering the hotel transports you into the a world of whimsical style, the peacock hued lobby looks like the  living room of your coolest bohemian friend and the plush green sofas create an inviting space to enjoy your morning coffee or the complimentary wine social. Being a Kimpton, the Hotel Monaco offers a lot of fun forward thinking services and amenities such as complimentary use of bikes, in room yoga mats and “dive-in” movie nights  in their indoor heated pool.If you’re travelling with your four-legged friends the Monaco is pet friendly and even offers doggy happy hour where guests and locals can mingle with their canine companions. Unable to bring Fluffy this trip?The Monaco will provide you with a complimentary goldfish to keep you company.

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