It’s been a roller coaster ride this year with the BudgetTraveller-
So far this year I have visited 34 cities and reviewed 30 hostels, 6 hotels and 1 apartment.
It has been the best year of life. No doubt.
However I realise now that it’s time to take it slow. Preserve my travelling spirit and my weary body.
Let the backpack gather some dust….
So am taking a small break from my Luxury Hostels odyssey and visiting a city I have yet to properly discover and enjoy….it’s eternal beauty.
2 weeks in Rome: 20th October till 3rd November, 2012
2 weeks. I know!
2 whole weeks in Rome.
I am a lucky bastard, thank you very much.
Follow the hashtag #2weeksinRome for all the live updates.
Since I am in the country that basically started the slow travel movement, I thought it would be great to take it slow this time and stay in an apartment in Rome.
I am very excited to be partnering with UK’s largest holiday rental site- HomeAway UK who have done some cool projects with bloggers before.
Why HomeAway UK?
HomeAway UK have offered me the chance to stay in 2 amazing apartments during my stay there.
I chose to work with HomeAway based on the amazing partnerships they have had with bloggers in the past like Lara Dunston and Terence Carter for their groundbreaking GranTourismo project
HomeAway UK have offered me 100% editorial freedom to express my views instead of the usual advertorial fluff that many of these type of blogger-travel brand relationships produce.
Why choose to stay in an apartment in Rome?
With the BudgetTraveller my aim has always been to try and help show you how you , the traveller , how you can discover as many ways to travel in style but without breaking the bank.
With a little bit of imagination, thought , some creativity it’s amazing what you can enjoy on a relatively modest budget.
From experience and speaking to friends, like any big tourist city, Rome has some real dives and especially in the budget category, there is a real lack of quality and choice for tourists.
Especially if you’re travelling with family or friends, then apartments become excellent value for money.
Take the example of the Trevi Fountain Suite ( staying second week of my stay) great location in Termini, just a few steps away from the Trevi Fountain, Quirinale, Barberini and the Coloseum.
Based on 1 night stay, sharing amongst 4 people, it comes to £23 per person, per night.
That is pretty good value I think for staying in an apartment that is kitted out to a luxury standard with all the modcons.
Idea for this project was to pick apartments with a good location that offered a very comfortable space plus would work out to be budget friendly compared to what you might pay for a hotel and in some cases even a hostel in Rome.
Some personal reasons too….
As a digital nomad where I am pretty much working on the go, having access to good, fast wireless internet is a necessity so this is the added comfort of renting an apartment.
Instead of working from a noisy cafe with slow wifi speeds, I can find the peace and quiet to get my work done early in the morning or late at night in between my daily exploration of Rome.
Also as much as I’ll be scoffing gelatos and checking out some budget friendly restaurants, I love cooking wherever I go on holiday.
The chance to shop at some of Rome’s world famous markets and cook some Italian dishes myself is for me a dream.
Plus will also help me save some money.
How can you help me?
I still know so little about Rome.
I would love to hear from you-if you have any tips or ideas to share of things to do in Rome from your own experience.
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