So after 3 days of hiking… and not showering, I needed a place to clean up before I got on the airplane to go home. I was flying out of Albuquerque, New Mexico and wanted to find a cheap hotel. I had 2 requirements: a shower and a bed… mostly a shower. I didn’t want the person next to me on the plane wondering if I had hair gel or grease in my hair. I wouldn’t want to sit next to me either in condition that I was in. I took a friends suggestion on finding a place to stay and used an app called Airbnb. Airbnb allows users to create a profile and to rent out open space that they have on their property for a limited amount of time… for extremely cheap too. People post TONS of unique places to stay. Some examples of listings include cabins in the woods, tree houses, open rooms in host homes.. and converted 1948 Schoolbuses. Yes, I ran my search for where I wanted to stay and the first listing that came up was a converted an old 1948 Schoolbus in the small town of Madrid, NM, right outside of Albuquerque. I could not pass up this opportunity. These trips are all about the experiences and staying in a bus was bound to be one. It was just under an hour from the airport.. a bit out of the way, but absolutely worth the extra driving. I drove straight to the bus from Mesa Verde. The owner of the property, Sarah, was an great host! She was very friendly, accommodating and provided me with wood for the stove, water and food (eggs, bread, oranges, coffee and tea).. all from her farm. The bus had everything I needed: Located out in the desert remote with minimal utilities. All the structures on the property were built by Sarah herself: A home, an art studio and the bus… all very impressive. The bus was incredible. Lit by candle, warmed by a wood stove and a deck to sit on, crack open a bottle of wine and look at the stars. It was a great way to end a long adventurous trip. I wish I had an extra day to stay and explore the downtown Mardrid area.
If you are ever in the Albuquerque/Santa Fe area and you are looking for a unique place to stay. I HIGHLY recommend staying on the bus: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1568785
And for unique inexpensive places to stay… download Airbnb to your smartphone