If you are a traveler and are not using Airbnb yet then you are seriously missing out! Whether traveling solo, as a couple or with a group of friends or family, Airbnb is perfect for just about everyone.
I have been using it since the travel bug bit me some years ago, and I have had nothing but amazing experiences. As a result, I’m now a self-certified Airbnb enthusiast and have happily converted many friends to the not so dark side. Now I want to share with you wonderful people the amazing benefits of travel through Airbnb.
Often when visiting popular tourist destinations, like Paris, Venice, London and the like, the hotels are expensive. Really, really expensive. The better the location the more you will be looking at paying and any affordable hotels might be dated and not well kept. Why would they need to be? People are going to book those rooms regardless. With Airbnb, you can find full houses, cozy apartments or cute rooms for much better prices.
The best way to determine if the vacation spot you are interested in has better Airbnb prices compared to hotels in the area is by doing a cost analysis. Check out both options and determine what is included, how much space and the location. Most times the Airbnb is the better price option.
Speaking of locations… Airbnb’s are found in every corner of most travel destinations. Unlike hotels which unfortunately are often limited to one area or a few select areas. So if you are looking for a location close to the train station, a certain landmark or on the beach, you undoubtedly will have more options to choose from, compared to hotels, or hostels.
If you are staying somewhere for a few days perhaps having amenities like a kitchen, bathtub or washer and dryer is not that important. However if you are staying somewhere for a week or more trust me when I say having the ability to store some food to cook your own meals or soak your blistered feet in a tub after a long day of exploring is super important. Think… what amenities are important to me? Those amenities are listed on the Airbnb listings making it easy to find what you are looking for.
Options for rental properties on Airbnb are endless. Full homes, shared homes, private apartments, private rooms, houseboats, even castles. There are properties of cottages in the middle of the wilderness, huts on the beach and mansions in the heart of Europe. You dream it and chances are Airbnb has it. Whether you are looking for something conventional or nonconventional. There are options that suit almost everyone, and most are pretty damn cool.
I personally think an Airbnb are a better option for solo travelers compared to hostels. Why? Often Airbnb hosts will rent out multiple rooms in their homes to travelers. So when traveling alone you get the benefit of meeting other solo travelers without the hippy teenage backpackers vibe you may find in a hostel. If renting a room in a home you also have the benefit of having someone look out for you that knows your whereabouts. Making for safer more friendly solo travel. Oh and did I mention it is often cheaper than hostels and hotels? With better accommodations?
This is my favorite part of Airbnb travel, it really becomes a home away from home. It’s nice to have a quiet place to come “home” to at the end of the day exploring. You just can’t get that feeling in a hotel. Private feelings of a home away from home are easy to come by when staying in a Airbnb.
Living like a local is another huge benefit of staying in a Airbnb. Watching the elderly Italian neighbour lady beating out dusty rugs in the morning dew, walking through winding alleyways as the sun sets to get to your apartment, sitting on your balcony listening to the sounds of the city with the moon and stars lighting the sky. There are so many amazing hidden wonders to discover when staying in a Airbnb that you simply would not get to experience any other way, especially in a hotel.
The hosts make the experience for a lot of people, often giving you personalized directions to their rentals from the train station or airport, lists of their favorite restaurants and even cooking you meals if you are so lucky. There is no better way to feel the authenticness of the place you are visiting then by connecting with your Airbnb host. You can be as social or as antisocial as you like. Often Airbnb hosts live close by, in the same building or the next room making it super easy to contact them when you need anything. Before your trip you can email them as much as you like and in all of my experiences they have been very helpful with any inquiries.
This was worth mentioning because good Wifi is a huge perk for me when traveling, as I often rely on wifi to contact back home. Hotel wifi can often be pretty crappy and slow not to mention hackers can be prowling in the lobby waiting to jack your phone. In your Airbnb, you usually can benefit from your own wifi connection. A huge travel perk!
Lastly, I wanted to mention that Airbnb’s are the way of the travel future. As of February 2016, there was over 60 million Airbnb users, and 2 million listings found in 57,000 cities. Just like Uber has taken the transportation system by storm, Airbnb is the latest way to travel. See what all the fuss is about before you miss out on the buzz!
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