Point of view.

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T-shirt: Rodarte / Shorts: Vintage Levis

I miss this Downtown LA loft like none other.
I really believe that when you plan a trip of any sort, you should put your all into it. I can’t bring myself to go on 20 trips throughout the year staying at mediocre hotels, saving money on good food and being afraid of using the taxi and missioning for hours on public transport. Why not just take one trip- but make it the trip of a lifetime? Stay in your dream hotel, eat exotic foods that you’d never be able to find back home, and live out your dreams? Why settle for less when you have dreams beyond that? Not to say that I haven’t done both, and I certainly prefer the latter.
If you want to save money on overpriced cage-like hotel rooms- check out airbnb for apartment/home rentals. Ever since I found the site, I’ve vouched to never stay in a hotel again.
What’s your experience with travel? Do you prefer many mediocre trips or just one amazing trip?

Я очень скучаю по лофту в ЛА . Я действительно считаю, что когда вы планируете поездку, любого рода, вы должны поставить всё на нее. Я не могу ездить куда-то 20 раз в течение года, останавливаясь в не очень хороших отелях, экономя деньги на хорошей еде, боясь использовать такси и терять время в общественном транспорте. Но почему бы просто не поехать в одно место, но запомнить поездку на всю жизнь? Остановиться в отеле мечты, есть экзотические продукты, которые вы никогда не сможете найти дома и жить своей мечтой? Зачем соглашаться на меньшее, когда у вас есть мечты гораздо больше? Не скажу, что я не сделала и то, и другое, но я, конечно, предпочитаю последнее.
Если вы хотите сэкономить деньги на завышенных ценах на номера-клетки в отелях зайдите на Airbnb для того, чтобы найти квартиру/дом в аренду. С тех пор как я нашла этот сайт, я поклялась, что больше никогда не остановлюсь в отеле снова.
Каков ваш опыт с путешествиями? Вы предпочитаете несколько посредственных поездок или же одно удивительное путешествие? (Перевод: Виктория Эберт)


Photos by Evelina Cutza.

  • KhimchenkoOpps♡

    Здравствуй Соня. Я конечно же разделяю твое мнение об этом, и думаю ты обсолютно права. Но, к сожалению я пока не могу поступать так, потому что я не совершеннолетяя, но когда я смогу путешествовать, то буду делать это именно так. Спасибо если ты читаешь.

    • http://www.classisinternal.com/ Sonya Esman

      Vse v budishyi <3

  • Alice

    I agree that on vacation, you should live the life that you want to live everyday. When in Paris, I don’t hesitate about a 10 euro coffee and in New York I’ll pay more for cocktails at the Boom Boom Room. However, it should still be balanced. I would rather go a couple of times a year on vacation than stay a week at the Ritz and be broke for the rest of the year :)

    • http://www.classisinternal.com/ Sonya Esman

      Of course!! I wouldn’t really dream to stay at the Ritz, I don’t know about you, I love something more freeing :)

  • Daria

    если есть возможносить, то конечно да, но у меня, допустим, нету возможности поехать куда-то и снять даже хостель, так что нужно оценивать возможности, одному жить в маленькой комнате в гостинице, допустим в ЛА, это ужасно и неприемлемо, а для других это незбыточная мечта и просто рай…

    • http://www.classisinternal.com/ Sonya Esman

      Koneshno :) Ne dlya vseh odna mechta! Maya mechta eto ne abizatilna tvaya michta :) <3

  • Katie

    Не знаю как вам, а мне вообще все равно где останавливаться, если я куда-то еду. Мне главное чтобы была чистая постель, душ и унитаз. Если в данный момент есть возможность – я могу снять отель по-дороже, нет – по-дешевле. Я ведь еду не в отеле и не в квартире сидеть, а гулять и смотреть окружающий меня мир. В отель прихожу обычно к полуночи и сразу сплю, а утром в 9 и след простыл ;)

  • DianaSofia

    I think maybe the word “mediocre” is not the best to describe a “on a budget trip”… because of it’s negative connotation! I have do both… and If you ask me… I prefer to have “on a budget” trips than nothing at all… but if you can and value going on an all high-end trip… awesome! I particularly don’t value that much to have a super high-end hotel, because everytime I travel I barely spend time at the hotel, I just want to be every second discovering every corner of the place I’m visiting! I value a hotel that is safe and well located! What I do value a LOT is an ocean view or a beautiful landscape… or a breathtaking view from the top of a mountain…!!! I pay for that and experiences! Airbnb is aaawesome!!! You can get such beautiful places for less or same price as a hotel! :) that loft looks BEAUTIFUL hone!!! hugs!

  • Elizaveta Dorovskikh

    Iam totally agree with you) last few times when I had my travel time, I used airbnb:) best experience ! And Iam telling to all my friends .. U have to try it! :) thx for inspiring , I will try to get visa to USA soon, hope I’ll get it and I will have opportunity to check New York with airbnb and other cites :)

    • http://www.classisinternal.com/ Sonya Esman

      Thank you so much Elizaveta <3 Gorgeous name, by the way!

  • Stephanie

    I’m so happy that I found your blog! Not only is it everything I look for in a blog, but I’ve been teaching myself Russian for a while and your blog is good practice. My Grandparents are Russian but unfortunately they didn’t think it was important to pass it down, so I grew up not knowing the English words for random things like кастрюля, котлеты, пельмени, etc but not not knowing much else. I very much agree that it’s better to have one amazing holiday than several mediocre ones, and am currently saving to travel to Europe.

    • http://www.classisinternal.com/ Sonya Esman

      Thank you so much Stephanie :) That means a lot to me! Just keep listening to Russian people speak and I swear you’ll learn within a year! :)

  • Anastasia G

    I prefer many amazing trips. ;)


    • http://www.classisinternal.com/ Sonya Esman

      Hahaha I disagree I just love being home ;)

  • shvayda

    I’d rather travel a lot, I dont really care about hostel where I’m staying just for 15min shower and 5h of sleep. As soon as I will be able to travel a lot paying for Hilton, I’ll do that, but I have a rule – start where you are, do what you can, don’t wait until you have enough money – take make that you have already and go : )

    • http://www.classisinternal.com/ Sonya Esman

      Love that! Of course traveling anywhere is important. It’s all about your attitude :)

      • shvayda

        but I actually find your point of view very refreshing. for example I do need to take it for cosmetics – buy something perfect that I will use even if it is quite expensive rather than buy billion of useless bad cheap products : ) !

  • Victoria Nagibina

    Of course one amazing trip;)

    • http://www.classisinternal.com/ Sonya Esman

      We on the same page baby girl ;)

  • Maia

    Sonya, I found your blog through the video you made with Evelina. Let me tell you, you are my woman crush. Pure beauty and your personality is so attractive! Thanks for your awesomeness. I enjoyed watching your youtube videos and look forward to your blog feed.
    Thanks for including the web to the apt/home rentals. That is so sweet! Definitely will be booking my next stay with them!

    к стате, ты мотивировалa меня говорить больше на русскoм языкe!! спасибо!

    • http://www.classisinternal.com/ Sonya Esman

      Well dang girl thank you!! :) All the best x

  • http://www.foxyoxiesupernova.blogspot.com/ Oksana Radionova

    Although there is always the possibility of viewing a certain trip in a more positive light simply because you stayed at a nicer place, I’d have to agree with what many commentators already noted. Not everyone can allow themselves that luxury. My husband and I spent three months traveling all across Europe this last summer, and our accommodations included everything from five-star hotels to strangers’ houses to cruise ships to hostels to sleeping in the car. Needless to say {but clearly I’m going to say it anyway}, it was the best three months of my entire existence.

    XOXO, Oksana

    • http://www.classisinternal.com/ Sonya Esman

      Of course not everyone can allow themselves that luxury! I was just trying to say- my mom for example takes many trips in a year, and always in bad hotels, but they’re not that cheap! If she didn’t take an extra “bad” trip, she could have had the money to take 1 amazing trip :) <3

  • Angelina

    i’m totally agree with you! And i wanted to say that i really enjoy when i watch your videos, reading a blog posts , seeing you pic in instagram , it cheers me up :) I commented your pictures , when you came to Miami , i wanted to meet you there, but i don’t think you saw it, coz you’re getting like 1000 comments per 20 min haha <3

  • Mari Kurochkina

    Соня, здравствуй! Скажи, пожалуйста, если можешь – сколько тебе стоила поездка в США? (по деньгам) благодаря тебе я еще раз задумалась отправиться туда и хочу накопить сумму и мне стало просто интересно, сколько стоил твой отдых, я следовала за тобой на ютуб и видела на что ты тратишь деньги. Вот мне и стало интересно-сколько вышло затрат. Спасибо заранее, твой ответ мне важен. Если можешь отдели покупки, траты на еду, проживание и билеты. Еще раз спасибо и хорошего дня! и солнца) но без МОРОЗа, У нас с Тюмени(Сибирь-Россия) минус 37 и солнышко)

  • Annica

    You are soo beautiful and your blog is very inspiring! love it <3

  • Uli

    Privet Sonya, skazu pozalosta kak nazuvajetsa to prulozenija na tvajom telefone kde otzuvu na vsakuje prodyktu?)) Spasibo:)

  • MD Golam Rabbani

    Very nice to see http://bit.ly/1ekxK4l

  • Diana

    funny sonya: ” у нас такие же дырки как у вас” :)

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