Host Home Etiquette

host home etiquette

I’ve got a big cross-country trip coming up in about two weeks (which you may have read about here) that I’m really excited about. For cost saving purposes, the group that I’m going with will be splitting up and staying with host homes almost every night of our 15-day trip. It’s no secret that housing can be one of the most costly expenses while on vacation, and staying at host homes, or trying programs like couchsurfing, are great options.

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Take Me Out To The Ballgame

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One way to really get to know a city is to go see one of their sporting events. There seems to be a sense of camaraderie in a city while they are all coming together against a ‘common enemy’, and there are always more people wandering around on game days, which can help ease any anxiety about exploring alone. Also, you can usually find reasonably priced tickets to these events if you aren’t too picky about where you sit.

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Travel Plans

I have been telling a lot of people about my blog lately, so, naturally, their first question tends to be “well what is it about?” and I’ve had to go into my speech about how “it’s a travel blog. But I’m not currently traveling, so it’s kind of just a general blog? But about travel? Kind of? Until I have the time to actually travel” and that’s not really cutting it. So, I’ve decided to make a post sharing the traveling adventures that I have coming up! This way, people can know what they should expect to be reading about on the blog.

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Chorus Tour

For those of you that don’t know, I am a part of the A Cappella Chorus at my college, and this year we are touring to The Ascending Voice IV conference, which is located way out in beautiful Malibu, California. We are staying there for a few days, so expect lots of beach pictures. We are also stopping along the way in places like Colorado, Oklahoma, and Nebraska, as well the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas. You can expect some tips and tricks on surviving long bus rides as well as proper ‘host home’ etiquette.

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Road Trip to Florida

A little later in the summer, Ryan and I are planning to go on a road trip down south. The details haven’t all been solidified yet, but we are hoping to stop along the way in Ohio (hopefully at Cedar Point, if we can swing it), Nashville, and Atlanta before hitting the beach for a few days. More details on this trip, and how we are planning for it, to come.

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Camping in Canada

Another trip that Ryan and I are planning for this summer is a quick camping trip up in Canada. Luckily, Canada is only a few hours away, and a Canadian camping trip is the best way for us to get some more budget-friendly international travel under our belts in preparation for a bigger trip to come…
We plan to see some of the beautiful landscapes that Canada in known for (hopefully by kayak) and share that with you! You can expect to see some posts about preparing for budget-friendly camping and beginner international travel.

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Royal Oak Weekend

Since Ryan and I are planning a couple of big trips this summer, and our budget is still pretty tight, we are hoping to go exploring a little closer to home. One of my favorite places, locally, is Royal Oak. The city is full of culture and has a very interesting vibe, plus there’s no way that you can run out of things to do. Some of my favorite restaurants and shops are located in Royal Oak, as well as a super cute indie movie theater that Ryan and I frequently stop at. Bonus, the Detroit Zoo is located right down the street!

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Family Road Trip

I had some separate international plans of my own for this summer that ended up not working out, but, because of this, I’m able to tag along with my parents on their summer trip! I don’t quite know all of the details on this trip yet either, but I do know that we are supposed to spend some time in New York City and head over to enjoy the east coast. I’m sure we will visit a lot of family friendly vacation spots (which hopefully includes some fresh seafood somewhere on the coast).

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Possible adventures that may be happening

Of course nothing is set in stone, and plans have a way of working out in unexpected ways. The plans that I’ve already mentioned are not all solidified as of right now, but are all very likely to happen. I also have some other adventures that are more up-in-the-air for the summer that I will mention below.

Summer Camp

I’ve applied to be a camp counselor this summer at multiple camps. Some of the camps that I’ve applied to are in the area, while some are a couple hours away. No matter what, camp always seems to be an adventure, and hopefully I will have some time to explore while I’m there.

Chicago
As well as camp counseling, I’ve been given some opportunity to go out and work in Chicago for a couple of weekends this summer. If this works out, I will have a place to stay and be able to explore the Windy City, while conserving enough money to make my other plans happen as well.

Virginia Beach

There’s a chance that I might find myself out in the Virginia Beach area this summer. For some reason, it keeps popping up within different conversations, which I find is usually a sign that I should do something. I’ve got a couple of friends staying out in that area over the summer, and my best friend has family out there. In years past, there has been talk of a white water rafting trip out there, so who knows, maybe this summer it’ll come together.

With Love,
Nikki

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Mini-venture

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Being a full-time student with a choreography job, a teaching job and having rehearsal every night doesn’t leave a lot of time to relax, or do anything really, especially with finals just around the corner. At times like this I find that it’s even more important to make time to go on adventures and get out of stressful atmospheres. Today I found myself with a few extra hours to spare, so Ryan and I decided to take a mini-venture.

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Since neither of us have money to spare, the less expensive the outing, the better. Luckily, there happens to be a really great library in downtown Rochester. It may be nerdy, but I get really excited about the sheer amount of books in this library, and I find the atmosphere very calming.

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Another plus side to the Rochester Hills Public Library is their travel section. For me, the next best thing to actually traveling is planning exciting trips, so I decided to pick up a few travel books for some upcoming trips that I’ve been thinking about.

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After the library we decided to grab a late lunch, so we went to one of my favorite restaurants, Penny Black. Penny Black has THE best cantina nachos. Seriously, if you like nachos, even a little bit, and find yourself in the Rochester area, you HAVE to try them. For $12.50 you can have enough deliciously sweet and spicy pulled pork cheesy gooey goodness to feed two people, plus if you happen to go between 4-7 during the week, all of their appetizers (including the nachos) are HALF OFF. I’m really excited about it.

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The Cantina Nachos (I only got one picture before they were completely devoured).
The Cantina Nachos (I only got one picture before they were completely devoured).

And finally, what mini-venture is complete without ice cream?!? It started to warm up again today so we were able to eat our ice cream outside for a little bit before heading back to classes and rehearsal and our busy lives. I hope you find some time to make your own adventures this week!! Cheers!

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With love,
Nikki

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