This week Ariel and I fawned over a little trojan horse-style B&B somewhere in Belgium. It looks like it's the mobile home of a band of mysterious, roguish, magical minstrels. I look at its starry night bedroom and twisted-wood lounges and sigh.
This is Offbeat Home's archive of travel posts.
Since I am a collector at heart, Pinterest is my favorite. It's somewhere to put all the odds and ends I find for Offbeat Home that are cool, but not big enough to do a whole post about. UNTIL NOW. So I hope you'll enjoy this foray into a whole mess of Offbeat Home's pins.
But FIRST! Have you seen this huge pallet couch?
I've stayed at a couple of places through CouchSurfing and AirBnB and I think I have a few ideas on how to make my guests leave glowing reviews (and send more guests your way!). You can call my strategy Toned-Down Ned Flanders: there's an episode of The Simpsons where Ned lets the Simpsons borrow his beach house for the weekend. He leaves a note on every square inch of the cabin explaining how to use each thing (like "Put food in me" on the fridge). Don't go to these lengths or risk being made fun of mercilessly on the internet, but DO share more information than you think you might have to.
Behold the home of Robin and John Brown! It's a temporary home, but it's a beaut.
Robin is a designer from San Antonio, Texas. She and her partner run their clothing business online, but take two trips a year — in the spring and the fall — when Magnolia Pearl heads to big shows. For this purpose, they've decked out an Airstream Land Yacht to roll in.
It is up and down, head to toe, glitzed OUT. This trailer has wooly rugs, fancy pants wallpaper, a full-size BATHTUB — it is in every way a rococo road spa.
My boyfriend and I have been traveling together for about five years now. We've done hotels, hostels, and even AirBnB — but our favourite way to spend time in a city where we don't know anyone is also the cheapest way: CouchSurfing.org. It's a free network for travellers and hosts for free accommodation, meet-ups, or advice, and it's been around since 2004. Imagine not only sleeping in Bologna for free, but staying with people your own age, with similar interests, who show you around town to the best spots you might otherwise miss. This is CouchSurfing.org.
Other than my spectacles, wallet, and watch-type stuff, what can't I miss when I move overseas?