Perfect Airbnb Getaway to Los Angeles, California!

The trip almost organized itself perfectly. I'd always dreamed of visiting LA, but coordination with friends nor budgeting ever seemed just right...until this year. My 32nd birthday was approaching-- and I wanted to top my own expectations, by going right at my dream. So, I searched Skyscanner.com to pick the cheapest dates to fly, and booked my first ever Airbnb in Venice Beach, California. What ensued was an epic adventure! Read on for the story and pictures visiting Hollywood, Malibu Beach, Palm Springs, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Inglewood, Little Ethiopia and more.

As my United Airlines flight neared Los Angeles, I captured my first time ever seeing mountains above the clouds! I arrived in LA on August 21, the day before my birthday, around 7:30 a.m. My Airbnb host Melodie was very accommodating- offering for me to check in early. The Eco-Friendly place in Venice Beach was secure with a gated entrance to the yard and home.

Upon arrival to the room, I was surprised with a "Happy Birthday" banner and balloons--such a sweet touch from my host! I felt welcomed and immediately at home- particularly because this is something my mom has always done whenever I wake up in her home on my birthday!

I loved my little room! At $58 per night, I thought it was a steal, and such my style. To check out more of Melodie's rentals, visit her profile here.



My Airbnb host Melodie also offered each guest a bike to use during our stay. I immediately went for a ride along the Venice Boardwalk.

A friend gave me a list of top attractions, so I googled "LA Public Transportation" and used the "LA Metro" website to find buses that would get me to those places. This was the first time I ever hitched a bike to a bus, so that was an adventure in itself! Catching the bus cost me no more than $10 the whole week.

A few LA Metro buses got me to Sunset Blvd/Rodeo Drive, and I hopped off to ride and take pictures. I took the photo above in West Hollywood. I felt like a ray of sunshine- and be certain that the color of my clothes was intentional! I wanted to reflect my version of "Old Hollywood" with my colorful head scarf tied in a bow, high waisted shorts and polka dot top. All of these items are thrift finds!

After a full day's travel, I retired to my room and had a good night's sleep. I woke up in the morning to texts, calls and social media posts wishing me a happy birthday, so I took it all in and rose to the day. Strapping on my roller blades, I skated 2 blocks to the Venice boardwalk.

Prior to my trip, I'd searched the hashtag #VeniceBeach on instagram to find out what I could do while on vacation, and on a budget. From there, I went clicking away on images that were appealing. SN: I also looked up #CaliforniaStyle to forecast my outfit selections : ).

Anywho... while clicking, I came across one "The Acro Machine", an instructor of acroyoga. I did some vetting... checking all associated hashtags, Facebook pages - and googling his government name-- to make sure he was legit. I sent an email telling Victor Togunde, AKA The Acro Machine, that I would be visiting, and requested a personal training session in acroyoga on my birthday. Here's what happened: