Traveling in the U.S.? Here's a tip for inexpensive accommodations

by Dr. Jessie Voigts /
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Apr 19, 2008 / 0 comments

Are you traveling in the United States, and looking for inexpensive accommodations? Here's a tip that we often use while traveling. We have a 5-year old daughter, and it is a good idea for us to find places to stay with yards, and in good neighborhoods.


When we have a destination in mind, I locate a university in the town that we're headed to. I look on their website for housing resources. Often, they will have a section for short-term housing. I peruse the offerings, see what is a good fit for us, and send out emails to the advertisers.


We traveled to a wedding in Minneapolis last summer. On the University of Minnesota's University Housing website, there were 11 options that fit our requirements. I emailed with them, and we settled on a lovely home near Lake Calhoun. The house was owned by a personable couple, and we had the use of a suite of rooms, wireless internet, laundry facilities, the yard, and daily breakfast (which was delicious!). All this for $225 a week. We had several rooms, a yard, a lovely neighborhood (with Turtle Bread and two lakes within walking distance) - perfect for traveling with a child.


See what you can find for alternative housing at university websites- you're sure to be surprised by the offerings!


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