Saturday, May 15, 2010

Vacation Tip


image - Cannon Beach, Oregon

Woo hoo! I just booked a little trip to Oregon for a week this summer. I am super stoked -- this trip is a treat to myself for making it to a B-I-G and rather horrifying birthday. I've never been to Oregon, so I'll have to suck it up for the inevitable white-knuckled flight from LA to Portland, and then suck it up again as I try to navigate unfamiliar territory in a piece of shit rental car. But after that I'll settle down, get my bearings, relax, have fun and explore what is to be explored up there. It will be so nice to get out of the big city, hang out near a beach, and just see and do all new things for a week. Whee! Sorry Oregon...another Californian is invading your territory!

This might be a CAPTAIN OBVIOUS tip, but here goes anyway....I am not a huge fan of hotels or motels. The nice ones are really expensive, and the cheap ones are kind of gross. Either way, costs add up really fast, sometimes they are noisy as hell, sometimes it feels like the staff or guests are up in your business, etc. I just think hotels (and for SURE motels) are kind of creepy [special thanks to Stephen King for CLEARLY influencing my thoughts on hotels, and to Alfred Hitchcock for clearly influencing my ideas on motels].

I find it is nicer to rent a house instead of staying at a hotel or motel. I think it is just a more convenient and relaxed setting to stay at a house, where you don't have to interact with annoying staff or weirdo guests [are you sensing that I am anti-social selective about the people I hang out with?], plus you can make your own meals if you are in the mood (some even have bbq pits!), you can booze it up if you are so inclined, you can hang out in a front yard or a back yard, and some rental places even let you bring pets! And kids! Sometimes the rates are about what you'd pay at a hotel or motel anyway, so why not? You can even get a group of friends or family together to hang out (and hopefully you don't have leech friends or family, and they offer to split the cost equally!). If you are a freak nervous nellie about germs, you can bring your own towels and sheets. Otherwise they provide all that stuff for you, including cooking utensils.

Anywhoo, you can take this idea or leave it. It is easy enough to do internet searches for rentals in just about any area you are considering for a vacation.

And if any of you have tips on fun things to do and places to go in Northern Oregon, please let me know. :)


P.S. Daaaaaaaaaaaaaang it is expensive to go on vacation. Gulp! Even if you do it on the cheap! In the interest of financing the above-described expedition, I am searching for ways to make some extra scratch [seeing as blogging doesn't pay me shit!]. If any of you need my services for lawd knows what, my rates range from $20/hr to $500/hr, depending on what you want me to do. LOL. Email: drollgirlmail@gmail.com.



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32 comments:

HAL said...

Have fun on this trip! I rather like Oregon. xo

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Iva said...

you will have a fabulous vacation and a house will be so much nicer then awkward hotel!! Can't help you with Northern....Southern I can tell you about lol

umm sorry I could say more about your trip...but I am curious about your $500 hourly rate LOL

Life with Kaishon said...

That is a great tip! I had some friends that did that a few summers ago and loved it. Oregon is so pretty. You will love it!

Asylum Dolly said...

I'm with you on the renting idea.I actually wouldn't have thought of that!Probably because it is actually very hard to find short term rentals here.
I too am "selective about the people i hang out with" !!! I value my solitude.I've never ever understood the attraction of those swanky resorts, which to me just seem like mini cities, but with more swimming pools.Escape the ratrace- only to go to an even more annoying one full of posers in speedos. That shit can fuck off.

Being from an entirely different hemisphere, and sadly never having travelled *tear* i have no idea what Oregon would be like, but gawsh that photo is purrdy.
Have fun!!!!
Oh, btw, did you go to the FOTC concert yet???? If so- i request a review!

L.A. Daze said...

Enjoy getting ready for your vacation! I've never been to Oregon. It seems very pretty up there.

♥Aubrey said...

Ha ha...love your explanation of the difference in renting a house to staying in a hotel :)-

Oregon huh?! Well...you'll have one good thing going for you on your little vacation to save you some dough...NO TAXES!!! And don't even think about pumping your own gas, because they won't let you. Lol

Tom Tuttle from Tacoma said...

can't contribute much here. have a blast! :D

uglygirl said...

I guess you're definitely not a hostel person, then. I agree with doing a nice private rental on the beach.

I went to Oregon last year (just Portland) because one of my besties from Perth moved there. Her dad (we were all in Tacoma for her wedding to a Tacoman, haha Taco Man) found a "really good hotel deal" on the Internet and was just about to book it when we googled it and found out it was a crackhouse and there were all these news clips about it on Youtube. I really wanted to stay at Ace Hotel but her parents didn't want to pay that much. Anyway, any hotel seemed okay after the crackhouse. We ended up in serviced apartments but I guess they have the same creepy feel to hotels and motels.

PS I can't believe you're complaining about the flight from LAX to PDX. Do you know how long it took me to get there? At least I gained a day on the way back.

Laura Trevey said...

You are too funny, and YES, it is expensive to go anywhere these days... I know you will love Oregon though!!

xoxo Laura

Morgan said...

Hooray for Oregon!! I've never been but hear it's so gorgeous. And yes, vacation is typically expensive but oh so worth it.

~KS said...

I never thought about finding a house to stay in... I like it!!

I have a friend who is from Oregon and he raves about it. I'm sure you are going to have the time of your life!!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Yay for vacation! Darling if I had jobs to give, I'd give one to you!

I remember going to Portland for business years ago and hearing that people would buy lots of clothing and jewelry there because it is tax free.

Ok I'm terrible at helping save you money huh?

But ok my money savings tips would be to eat nicely for lunch vs. dinner, research free museum days, check for coupon books at tourist office or even local coupons from Craigslist, and balance it - save on certain aspects to save for other areas. Hope you're having a great weekend dear!d

blueviolet said...

I've never done the rental house thing before, but I'm telling ya, you just sold me on it here! You're gonna have such a great time!

Felicia said...

I'm going to Portland in two weeks. My whole family lives there so I'll have to endure THAT torture, but at least I get to stay with my sane sister. You'll love it, there's not much to NOT like about the place. Will you be in the Portland area?

Karisa Tells All said...

Haha I can't stand motels either thanks to Alfred Hitchcock. Hope your trip is fun!

Christy said...

Have a great trip!!

Char said...

LOL you crack me up but i do love the thought about renting a small cottage on the beaches of oregon. you must go see the mountain - you must. and then you need to go to the falls.

and you must have fun.

Tracie said...

I've never been to Oregon but heard it's beautiful. Some people have said it reminds them of my home state - WV. (In a green, hilly way not a toothless hillbilly way.) I'm down with the house rental, too. That's what we did in Orlando. Much better to have the pool all to yourself.

Kristine said...

Good for you for booking a trip! Always worth it even if it sinks you further into debt hell.
I once stayed in a motel where the woman at the desk offered videos we could watch for entertainment, the top one on the pile being a little gem called Motel Hell, that had a chainsaw wielding maniac wearing a pighead on the cover. Needless to say I didn't sleep a wink.

SabinePsynopsis said...

First of all: Congratulations for booking the trip! I hear Oregon is absolutely beautiful. No idea about houses etc., but I'm sure there are some people in the know.
I guess it was YOUR BIG frightening birthday and not someone else's...

pearls said...

oh yes, the flying fears. Proud of you to get on that flight and face those fears. not something I've done lately. Good luck on makin' the extra scratch....

Kitty Stampede said...

You totally nailed it on what you said about hotels & motels. i would want to rent a nice little cottage or something, you can get some killer deals! hmmm...Oregon, i have no clue about that place whatsoever. I have only been to a couple states but I would love to travel throughout...i wish i had a job where i could travel. i love it.
I hope you have an amaaaazing time! you so deserve a vacation! can't wait to see your pics too. ;)
i would hire you if i had any cash myself..hehehe...i be so broke that i'm starting to get used to it..dammit. keep us posted on your plans!!

K.Line said...

OK, if your horrifying big birthday is 35 (or something ridiculous like that), I'll have to smack your ass :-)

bananas. said...

oregon huh? well not my first choice but then i like expensive hotels and suites and shit like that. haha.

i do like the idea of renting a home as opposed to a nasty, spermacidal motel.

nonetheless, you'll have a great time! can't wait to read all about it.

Andhari said...

I love hotels, despite their staffs haha I usually stay at decent ones because motels scare me but not at the super luxurious ones either if I can't afford it. Have fun in Oregon :)

God's Favorite Shoes! said...

Hey lady, I tried to email you but for some reason it didnt' go through.

I was wondering if you having a contacts for renting a house out in LA for next year. I have a coworker that is going to LA for her bachelorette party/Allstar Weekend.

I was telling her about your suggestion. Where should she start? Do you have any contacts?

Any info is greatly appreciated:)

godsfavoriteshoes@yahoo.com

(Did Maegan tell you that I consider you a friend in my head! LOL)

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

The Oregon coast is so pretty - you'll have a blast!

Heather Taylor said...

Have fun going to Oregon! Be sure to go to Portland for the music scene, I hear it's great.
I know what you mean about the hotels and motels, I'm a pro at finding inexpensive ones though!

Diana said...

I'm so happy you are spoiling yourself!

I totally agree with renting. That ends up being cheaper because you save money because you have a KITCHEN!!

I can't wait to hear all about it!

creative kerfuffle said...

i've never been to oregon but would love to visit.
we rented a condo at the beach one time and i liked it, however, we had to clean up when we left. so, because i like being a lazy ass on vacays, i like hotels, where they come in and make the bed and clean the room, etc. : )

chloe said...

woo, hooray for holidays! its so nice to have something to look forward to :)

hope505 said...

Jeeez Drolls, I wouldn't like to imagine what sort of services you offer for $500 an hour...
* ; )
do you do a bit of neurosurgery on the side? Laser double-oxygen facials? Couture alterations..?
*heehee!* I hope you have a great vacation.....