Interview: Graduate Student Shares Her Viagem Story from Durham

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to stay in a Viagem home?

Well, we recently had a one-on-one with one of our recurrent guests, Takeshia, who revealed what it was really like staying in one of our beautiful apartments.

Takeshia is currently enrolled in an online program at the University of Florida. She enjoys traveling, and her online education allows her to study from anywhere. When she’s not busy with her online classes or studying, she loves cooking vegan meals and watching regular TV shows.

Even as Takeshia continues to study online, her travels have allowed her to explore new places and become acquainted with the local life while staying in Viagem apartments.

During the interview, she spoke about her Viagem experience and how staying in our apartment has made her feel at home in every city she visits…

Is this your first time staying in a Viagem apartment?

Takeshia: No, I’ve stayed in other short-term rentals in different parts of the country. Due to my online graduate program, I have the opportunity to visit cool places!

What do you look for in an apartment?

Takeshia: It must have good Wifi access, or else I can’t get work done. A reliable internet connection is critical for my online studies. Also, with the pandemic still ongoing, general cleanliness is essential. Then, location is very important. Being close to good shopping places and restaurants is super convenient as well!

What is the main aspect about Viagem that you like the most?

Takeshia: I’ve stayed in three different Viagem apartments, and each one provided an excellent combination of accessibility, cleanliness, and location convenience. The apartments also had a wide range of modern appliances and kitchen supplies, making my stays much more comfortable.

I enjoy cooking and preparing my meals at home, and Viagem spaces provide fully equipped kitchens and all of the cookware and utensils I need to prepare my meals.

(Takeshia is presently staying in one of the beautiful Viagem apartments in Durham. See photos of her apartment below)

Online Student Shares Her Story from Viagem Apartment in Durham

“I’ve stayed in three different Viagem apartments, and each one provided an excellent combination of accessibility, cleanliness, and location convenience.”

Online Student Shares Her Story from Viagem Apartment in Durham

“I can’t thank the Viagem team enough for being so personable and accommodating! I can categorically tell you that this sets them apart from other short-term rentals that I have stayed.”

Online Student Shares Her Story from Viagem Apartment in Durham

“The customer service has been everything I could have hoped for and more! The Guest Service agents, have become good friends of mine!”

If you had to choose one of those, what would it be?

Takeshia: I travel by myself. So, because I visit these cities alone, safety and security are my top priorities. I’m currently in Durham, and I feel secure in my apartment. The security of the buildings where I’ve also stayed has been extremely reassuring.

I’ve never felt unsafe in any of the Viagem apartments I’ve stayed in, which is one of the reasons I keep returning.

When in the apartment, where do you spend most of your time?

Takeshia: Although the apartment comes with a work desk, I am very much a “do my work on the dining table” kind of person. So definitely there! (pointing to the dining table.)

How would you describe the customer service that you have received from Viagem?

Takeshia: I can’t believe I didn’t mention this when answering your previous questions. The customer service has been everything I could have hoped for and more! Gina and Evan, the Guest Service agents, have become good friends of mine! Gina has given me so many local tips and knowledge about where to eat, shop, and just cool stuff. I can’t thank her and the rest of the Viagem team enough for being so personable and accommodating! I can categorically tell you that this sets them apart from other short-term rentals that I have stayed.

Online Student Shares Her Viagem Story from Durham


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