My wife and I love to travel on the cheap. We are always looking for the local-fav spots over the tourist traps. When we visited Portland, we stayed at a little BnB outside the city near the river. It was amazing! For our Costa Rica trip, we stayed at a friend's place and found adventures from there. We prefer to experience a place for what the locals see in it.
5 things we can't live without: something to look forward to, our friends and family, our little terrier Ruby, the outdoors, and good food and beer.