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Snowpocalypse 2015 Boston: Things to Do To Prevent Cabin Fever

by Tuesday, January 27, 2015

thewanderlustyogi.netToday in Derry, NH along with all of the NorthEast, we are experiencing,  what the weatherman coined as the phrase, a snowpocalypse 2015 for Boston. Blizzard snowfall has been coming down for the last 8 hours at a rate of 2-3 inches of the white stuff per hour. When you add freezing cold temperatures and gusting winds, you get yourself a doozy of a snow storm. So far the accumulation has been approximately 1 foot of snow, and the weather forecasters report to get up to 2 feet by the end.

thewanderlustyogi.netWith air travel at a stand still, road travel bans, school cancellations and most all businesses closed, the area looks like a white tundra of emptiness. Its eerie, yet quite beautiful to hear the deafening silence, if you dare to step outside, as the landscape is covered in a blanket of soft powder. Children are full of glee, even some adults, but many find it a nuisance being stuck inside waiting it out.

The best thing to do is try to make the best of it, right?

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DIY projects

Use this time being trapped inside to get things done that you never seem to have time to do. Maybe you have been putting off cleaning out your closet, or rearranging a room, or possibly you’ve been wanting to start a DIY project that never got off to a start.

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me and my daughter Maddie checking out the snow

If that sounds lame, how about taking the time to catch up with your family. So many of us live together, see each other every day, with our comings and goings, but don’t really take the time to talk to each other. This is very true if you live with teens. What a great time to reconnect or express love.

thewanderlustyogi.netIf you stocked up on food, which is kind of the common trend with snow storms, try making a delicious meal. What a perfect time to try a new recipe. I never did understand the mass hysteria of hoards of people stockpiling food for a storm. People at our local grocery stores literally waited hours in line to get the food they so needed, or thought they did. How much food does one really need for one day at home? Why do people feel the need to eat an entire weeks worth of food for one day? Not to mention, if you lose power, all the food will spoil. Seems a bit overkill, but its always been this way, and probably always will.

thewanderlustyogi.netHow about having a movie marathon or watch a tv series on Netflix. What a perfect day to snuggle up on the couch with your loved ones and pets in your pjs. Pop a bag of popcorn and get your spot on the couch and make it a day of being a couch potato. You don’t have to feel guilty, everyone deserves a lazy day once in a while.

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The Ultimate Yogi DVD series

If you are way too hyper to just veg out on the couch all day, how about doing a yoga video.  Exercise videos are a great way to get your body moving, while not having to leave your house. If you have on-demand there are plenty of workouts to choose from, from pilates, to yoga, to zumba, you name it. You can get your workout in no matter what. No excuses! My personal favorite is the The Ultimate Yogi DVD series by Travis Elliot.

thewanderlustyogi.netOr, if you are feeling like you need a little pampering. How about giving yourself a little spa day.  You can start out by doing a facial, then a manicure and pedicure, enjoy a warm bubble bath and end with a nice cup of tea. If you are lucky, you could even ask someone in your house to give you a back or foot rub.

thewanderlustyogi.netAnother great thing to do is read. If you love reading, but never seem to have the time to get into a new book, this is it.  Find a book in your house that you bought but never had a chance to finish or even start and go for it. Maybe you can even finish it.  If you have no books at home, you can download ebooks instantly from amazon. They have thousands of titles to choose from.

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A tropical beach I wish I was at right now

Finally, something that I find myself doing on winter days like these is planning my next escape to a warm and sunny destination.  Even though I’ve lived my whole life in New England, except 4 years in Alaska, I’m sad to say, I really don’t like the cold.  I try to grin and bare it, but I can’t help but to count down days until the warm weather returns. I usually find myself searching tropical beach resorts and wishing I was there.

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chatting with the neighbors

Blizzard Juno has definitely made its presence known in my parts. I love seeing all the pictures and videos that everyone is posting from NYC and Boston, just enjoying themselves in winter bliss. I’m making the best of it, hanging out with my family, eating food, watching movies, blogging, and kind of like  not having to go to work today, I just hope I don’t lose power.

Is anyone else in the Juno Blizzard? And if so, what are you doing to pass the time?

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Is airbnb Better Than a Hotel?

by Monday, October 13, 2014

If you like to travel and love getting deals on travel, this is just the post for you. In your research for trips you may have come across this site called airbnb.com and wondered what the heck it was? Well, let me tell you, it is a traveler’s best kept secret and I’m going to show you what its all about.

First things first:

Register: You can sign-up through your Facebook, twitter or other social media links, or google +, or email

Edit Profile: use a nice picture that makes you look like a decent person, don’t post party pictures or pictures in odd situations. You want the host to think you are a respectable person who will be a good tenant.

Get Verified: This is a very important step. You can verify your phone number by getting an SMS code sent to your phone, get verified through your Facebook so that the host knows that you are a real person with an address, verify with an image of your ID sent to airbnb (the keep your information private)

*these steps will help you get a Verified ID Badge next to your name, which some hosts exclusively rent to these members. 

Describe yourself: Another very important step. Be a specific as possible. Impress upon the fact that you are a kind and trustworthy person. Let the hosts know how much you love to travel and learn about other cultures. You want to sell yourself to potential renters that they should’t hesitate to rent to you.

Search:

  • location, ex. “Paris, France”
  • date of check-in
  • date of check-out
  • how many guests
  • room type- entire home, private room, shared room ( be sure to pay attention to what you choose, you could end up having an awkward stay with strangers if you forgot to make sure you chose entire place)
  • price range

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Search more Filters:

  • size-how many beds, baths, beds (this is important if you are traveling with companions)
  • neighborhoods-maybe you know of an area you’d like to stay that is close to restaurants, museums or public transportation, also good if you know what neighborhoods to avoid
  • amenities-maybe you need to have a place that has wifi internet, or kitchenette, or tv
  • property type-apartment, house, B&B

Book: Once you scrolled through the available rentals and found a match for what you want for your trip, request to book. It will take you through the price per night and show the additional fees such as; airbnb fee(minimal), cleaning fee, deposit(this is up to the host-if you aren’t happy with the amount you can also discuss it with them to come to a different fee)

Once you submitted your request, the payment is taken. The host has 48 hours to get back to you if offer was accepted, or the request is cancelled and your money is put back into your account. They can also decline your request for any reason and it doesn’t have to be disclosed to you. That’s why your profile needs to shine!

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Stay: The best of the experience if you did your research right. Enjoy your accomodations and be happy that you saved a lot of money and your experince will be more authentic to the area. Make sure you are a perfect guest, which will ensure you future rentals through airbnb.

Leave Review: This is key to help find great rentals. This is the way people can get the true view of what the place was like. Try to be as honest as possible without sounding too picky. For example,its okay to say a negative, if you are not bashing the place, but are giving helpful tips for different types of travelers. ” the 5 floors with no elevator was fine for young people like my husband and I, but it wouldn’t be a good fit for elderly, handicapped or people traveling with small children” This is good information that renters would definately want to know before renting. But it is not harmful for the hosts to not get future renters. Do, write all of the positive experiences you had at the place, such as the bed was so comfortable, the shower was nice and hot, the internet signal was strong, the hosts were very kind and helpful. These things help them and you. However, if you have had a bad experience, for example the place wasn’t as described, the host was hard to contact, the location wasn’t where you were told, it is important to inform the host and potential renters. This is what we as renters rely on for the best and most accurate information. This leads me to probably one of the most important steps, if not the most, —feedback from the host. (your review) You may be skeptical about this whole renting strangers places, but with that said, can you imagine trusting strangers in your home? They have much more to lose and are much more concerned than even you may be. Thats why I stress so much about your profile. Many people get denied for great rentals due to no reviews, negative ones, or even something that you wrote in your profile. They can be very picky.  And I dont blame them!

Get Reviewed: As you can imagine, this could really help you or really hurt you with future rentals. If you did everything you were supposed to; checking in on time, checking out on time, not doing any damage, not disturbing the neighbors, keeping the place tidy etc, then you should have great feedback. This will give you higher ratings as a guest and will allow much more options for your future travels.

If you do your homework and are meticulous in your search, I believe using airbnb.com could give you a much richer travel experience than you ever possibly could, just staying at an ordinary hotel.  Take the risk, it’s worth it!

To check out airbnb and their rentals go to:

 http://www.airbnb.com/c/jedith

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to email me  at jessica@comeawaywithme.net or comment below

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