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Using Google Street View Find the Perfect Vacation Rental, Hotel, or Hostel

Posted on 13 July 2017 by Leslie Lello

Have you ventured into using AirBnB (or other vacation rental by owner) for travel or are you still unsure about whether it is safe and reliable?

One of the things holding people back is that sometimes the images are not professional and therefore they wonder if they are getting the full story about where the rental is located.

This can happen with all sorts of lodging operations. Even chain hotels use special lenses to make the rooms look bigger and strategically frame the exterior to flatter the hotel.

This happened to me about a year ago when I went on Bookings.com and rented a room for a stay in Hamilton Ontario.

Not only was the person not there when I arrived (after 7 hours of driving) but there were also bars on all the windows. It was not a great neighborhood. I took off quickly and eventually got my money back (with struggle… bookings.com was not great about this) but the important thing is that I learned a lot from the experience.

I was reminded of this 2 months ago when a friend asked me about staying in vacation rentals in New York. She wanted to save money and asked about a particular AirBnB in Jersey City, New Jersey, across the river from Manhattan.

I told her that I only know New York, but that she could check out the neighborhood using Google Earth to get clues as to where she would be staying.

I told her to ask these questions when looking at the vacation rental’s neighborhood with Google Earth:

  • What the parking would be like?
  • How comfortable would she be coming back from New York City with her two kids and walking through this neighborhood?
  • Is there a place to grab breakfast or dinner or a snack?
  • What is the quality of businesses around? Are they Starbucks or are the money lenders?
  • Are the streets clean?
  • Is there greenery?
  • Do the building exteriors look new?

Is there a line where the neighborhood seems to go from good to bad? (In many urban areas, sometimes one block will make all the difference. However, sometimes the best deals are right on that line.)

Watch this video to see an example of using Google Earth to asses the neighborhood of a vacation rental, hotel, motel or hostel you are considering for your next vacation:

 

Side note, so far I have found AirBnB hosts to be exceptional clear and honest in their descriptions of the interior space and exterior neighborhood. This is just an added precaution.

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chelsea market New York City Travel

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TBP 0009 New York City – Travel Less Expensive

Posted on 28 July 2013 by Leslie Lello

chelsea market New York City Travel

This week I went into New York City (or “the city” is all you need to say if you’re coming from Northern New Jersey) to sell some of my vinyl records at Chelsea Market. I decided to walk the High Line (see link below for more info) and ended up meeting a German tourist who was in town to explore the city for a week.

After we talked for a bit, he lamented that he only had a week to experience New York.  He said that one week was not enough, but that the time that he had was a lot compared to his friends, who usually only schedule three days for exploring New York because it is so expensive.

As someone who grew up in New York, I know that it can be outrageously expensive, but there are ways to prepare for your trip that will allow you to get the most out of your money and still see everything (including Museums and monuments) and have a great time.

That’s what this week’s podcast is about! Below are the podcast notes to help you find more in depth information on the things that I mention, and if I can answer any additional questions for you, please let me know!

Happy Travels!

Leslie Lello

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PODCAST NOTES FOR TBP 0009 New York City – Make Your Trip Less Expensive

GIMME SHELTER:

HI Hostel in Harlem/Upper West Side:
http://hinewyork.org/contact/

Hostel (Chelsea):
http://www.chelseahostel.com/

Couchsurfing:
www.couchsurfing.com

Airbnb:
https://www.airbnb.com/

Home Away:
www.homeaway.com

EAT CHEAP:

I didn’t mention this in the podcast, but my favorite cheap (but yummy) meals in the city are at Dojos on 4th street, and for breakfast I have always loved the pushcarts that make egg sandwiches (if I can find one).  Also, check out MenuPages to find an inexpensive restaurant in the neighborhood.  You can also use Yelp and Where.
http://www.dojorestaurant.com/
http://www.menupages.com
www.Yelp.com
Where app on iTunes and Android

Food trucks are different than pushcarts, and often more expensive, but here is the link to find food trucks which is trendy right now:  http://nyctruckfood.com/

GET INFORMATION ABOUT ACTIVITIES THAT FIT YOUR BUDGET:

New York Press:
http://nypress.com/

Village Voice:
http://www.villagevoice.com/

Time Out New York:
http://www.timeout.com/newyork

Website with Information about Free Stuff to do in New York:
http://www.nycgo.com/free?cid=em_et__

New York Podcast that I refer to in my podcast: The Bowery Boys
http://theboweryboys.blogspot.com/
I couldn’t find a link to the podcast on their website so you should just do a search in iTunes if you want to find them.

OTHER THINGS I MENTIONED ABOUT NEW YORK IN THE PODCAST:

New York City High Line:
http://www.thehighline.org/

Cathedral of St. John the Divine:
www.stjohndivine.org/

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