1. Offer Up - We find ourselves constantly looking around at our posessions and imagining how we will be able to repack them into our two cars. Cue offer up. It's geolocation and simple user interface allow you to post your posesions up for sale in less than one minute. And you usually get a message where someone wants to buy your item within 5 minutes of posting. I sold almost $900 worth of items when we left Phoenix, and was able to sell almost $1,200 worth of my coworker's possessions when she was moving across the country. Compared to the clunkiness and creepiness of craigslist, Offer Up is a no-brainer.
2. Kindle - I'm a book hoarder. I also have a terrible habit of buying a book, reading the first few chapters and getting bored. When I realize that one of our blue bins of car space was almost completely taken up by books I'd half-read, I knew something had to change. Cue my amazing coworkers buying me a kindle! It's been game changing to have an entire library in a device that's lighter than my iphone and takes up almost zero space.
3. AirBnB Sublets - Since we live exclusively out of Airbnb's, we were thrilled to find that AirBnb now caters to long term travelers. At this point, the idea of putting internet and cable in my own name, or having a utility company run a credit check on me is completely archaic. The ease of moving into and out of Airbnb's has made our travel life immensely easier and unbeatably convenient.
The best part? You can pay your lump sum in monthly installments just like you would a regular rent payment. No need to fork over the entire multi-thousand dollar amount right when you book.
We've also found that you can request bookings for multiple months that aren't only listed in the sublets section. By simply messaging an owner about the possibility of 3 months of occupancy, we've had two amazing long term stays that were a win win for us and the owner who didn't need to account for vacancy.
I plan to go into the details of our Airbnb experiences in later posts. We've stayed in 12 different homes in the past 3 months so we're getting to be experts.
4. Rent the Runway - Keeping a minimal and uncluttered closet is a work in progress for both Matt and I. We're both 27 so weddings and bachelor/bachelorette parties are a frequent occurance for us. We love them! That also means dressing up and taking lots of pictures - not necessarily what you want to spend lots of money on for something you'll only wear once. Rent the Runway ships your chosen dress to you for 3-7 days at a time and you simply send it back when you're done for a rental fee. These are beautiful dresses and you can order multiple sizes just in case. When you are done, you are done! No hanger space required.
Make sure you send it TO your destination though. I've had one not arrive before my flight (at the fault of the company) and had to make a last minute dress purchase.
Luckily, their customer service is top notch and they always take care of you with refunds or credit in those situations.
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A Travel Therapist and Remote Worker documenting their professional travels and pictures for family, friends and other wanderers.