If you’ve been following my Instagram over the last few weeks, you’ll know I’ve been traveling nonstop since the beginning of July. Well, I’m finally back home in Austin and happily sleeping in my own bed, but only for a few more weeks until I make my big move to Seattle! Between a family vacation to Aruba and a post-grad getaway to Europe, I’ve also been organizing my move and searching for apartments online. I wasn’t comfortable signing a lease without seeing them in person, so I booked a last-minute weekend trip to Seattle to get all my tours in!
Expedia has always been my go-to place for booking flights and hotels because I can easily see deals from different airlines or hotel chains and be sure I’m getting a great price, but for this trip, their new Add-On Advantage feature was exactly what I needed given my busy schedule. Basically, Add-On Advantage is Expedia’s new way to help you save on hotels, giving you the ability to book your flight, car, or package first and come back later to lock in your hotel at a discount up until the start of your trip. I knew the dates I wanted to be in Seattle, but I hadn’t quite finalized which apartments I wanted to tour, so I didn’t have a good idea of where I should stay to be closest to my tours yet!
I ended up booking my flight in July so I wouldn’t have to worry about it anymore, which gave me plenty of time to research hotels and narrow down an area to stay for my early August trip. All I had to do at that point was log back into Expedia, find a hotel with the “Add-On Advantage” badge, and book it! My hotel was literally a two minute walk from most places I toured and was one of the best deals I saw in the downtown Seattle area. This also meant I didn’t have to pay for the whole trip all at once, which was super nice as a blogger with an inconsistent pay schedule!
I spent two full days walking around the neighborhood I’d chosen and found the apartment of my dreams by my third tour. It’s a gorgeous open one-bedroom space, meaning there’s a wall and sliding door that separates my bedroom from the living area, so it’s slightly cheaper than a real one-bedroom. It checks off everything on my “I really hope I can have this” list including white countertops, tons of natural light, and lots of closet space, so I couldn’t be happier with how this trip went! I didn’t take nearly as many pictures as I should’ve, but here’s a sneak-peek of the kitchen, which might be my favorite part:
The whole building has over forty floors, so the views from the rooftop are incredible. I won’t be moving in until early September, but I’ll hopefully still have a few weeks to get some BBQ dinners in up there before it’s too chilly!
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