Category: Personal

blooming red bud tree branches against blue sky in St Louis
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Spring in St. Louis: One Month of Daily Reflections

Nearly a year after trading our steady midwestern routine for this nomadic life, our travels circled back to the very city we left: St. Louis, Missouri. From four different Airbnbs, we explored neighborhoods we scarcely knew despite calling STL home for a combined twelve years. A mix of novelty and nostalgia, the month lent itself to reflection on what’s changed and what hasn’t. Jotted down over the course of April 2018, here is a daily

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heart cake mold dish in an Airbnb in Tijeras, New Mexico
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Significant Time With A Significant Other

Our relationship’s origin story is littered with clichés. We met in a second period English class when we were 15 going on 16. By our junior year we were biology lab partners and by our senior year we were voted best the guy-girl pals for the yearbook. After years of insisting that we were just friends, we wound up dating following the Sadie Hawkins dance just months before we headed off to colleges in different

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“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” -Mark Twain
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18 Quotes for 2018

Happy New Year! As we kick off 2018 here at bnbNomad, we thought we’d share a collection of 18 beloved quotes that always provide a boost of motivation when we need it most. Many of these quotes come from our well-worn copy of Tim Ferriss’ iconic book, The 4-Hour Workweek. The others were plucked out of Jonathan Fields’ inspiring bucket-based book How to Live a Good Life, Stephen Covey’s classic The 7 Habits of Highly Effective

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blue hatchback in front of cold atlantic ocean
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Between Airbnbs: The Roads We Traveled in 2017

As we drifted off to sleep one December night, we took turns listing the highlights of 2017. Quit a job. Sold half our stuff. Started a business. Started living in Airbnbs. Hiked on Mount Rainier. Saw both coasts. Saw three black bears. Saw one bull moose. Went to Canada. Went to England. After a long pause, one of us remembered. Got married! 2017 was an exhilarating, whirlwind of a year. Between the milestones and the Airbnbs,

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Can of lentils soup and a cup of brown rice
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Nothing Says Happy Birthday Breakfast Like Lentils and Rice

The morning I turned 27 we were relocating from an Airbnb in upstate New York to one in Connecticut. After four weeks at an incredible farm, we had two items that still needed to be eaten before we left: a can of lentil soup and some brown rice. Not exactly the ideal birthday breakfast, but all things considered, we had actually timed our month of grocery shopping rather well. We heated up the soup, served

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An open road in Wyoming
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One year before our full-time travels began, I had a five day obsession with selling everything we owned, quitting our jobs, and living in a tent with our dog Odin until we ran out of money. I was stuck on I-64 on the first day of a new 90-minute, round-trip commute, immobile, bored, listening as NPR began to repeat itself. And it occurred to me that at this very moment, in some national park, there was

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Airbnb bnbNomad Erin and Jay visiting the white sands in New Mexico

ERIN & JAY

WHY WE LOVE THIS COMMUNITY

Hi there! We’re Erin and Jay, and we’re so happy you’re visiting bnbNomad. We discovered Airbnb in the spring of 2017 when we embarked on a nomadic adventure exploring North America. With our lanky pup Odin in tow, we lived for a year in Airbnbs, working remotely during the day and soaking in our surroundings by night. From New England farms to Southwest cabins, our generous hosts and their distinctive homes made our adventures more incredible than we could have imagined. As avid Airbnb travelers, bnbNomad is our small way of giving back to a community we love. We share the hosting tricks we adore as guests, feature homes and destinations from our journeys, and give travelers around the world an inside look at the unique perspective Airbnb has to offer.