10 Reasons to Travel Airbnb

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.


1. The Price is Right

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.

980x3.jpg

 

2. Location, Location, Location

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.

 

980x-38

3. Awesome Amenities

 

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.

4. Endless Options

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.

 

 

IMG_6424

 

5. Perfect for Solo Travelers

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 home

 

s 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?

6. Home sweet Home

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.

7. Live like a Local

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.

 

980x-70.jpg

8. Helpful Hosts

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 authentication 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

.

 

IMG_6428.JPG

 

9.. Better Wi-fi

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!

10. Travel of the Future

 

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!

airbnb

 

18 COMMENTS

  1. Yolaine | 19th Jul 16

    I’ve been wondering for a while whether or not to use airbnb, and this is definitely sending me in the positive direction 🙂 but the thing that always puts me off is the safety: how comfortable do you feel staying with complete strangers?

    • StephJ | 19th Jul 16

      I agree, and I think that is a concern for everyone. I usually book private full homes so I do not have to share with strangers my living area. Airbnb users all have to pass the same certifications signing up online, so when you are looking at a place be sure to read the reviews from others. Not anyone can be a host so just like hotels doing research before a trip is another way to ensure safety.

  2. Travel Spirit | 19th Jul 16

    I love Airbnb! Have used it all over Europe and the US. 🙂

    • StephJ | 19th Jul 16

      It’s awesome isn’t it? Thank you for reading!

  3. angelopangan | 19th Jul 16

    Is there like an app like uber for airbnb? You make me curious about it. Never tried hostel but I might try this one.

  4. Viral T. | 20th Jul 16

    I used Airbnb once while i studied abroad in Wales in 2011. Although my host wasn’t able to host at the time of my visit to Ireland but was nice enough to join us for awhile during the parade visit in downtown Dublin.

  5. tony | 20th Jul 16

    I’m a great fan of AirBNB as outlined in a recent post. I agree with all your points entirely.

    Thanks for visiting and liking my blog.
    Tony
    http://breadtagsagas.com/

  6. Claire-Marie George | 20th Jul 16

    Really enjoyed reading this! I’m thinking of using Airbnb when I go to Amsterdam.
    http://trulyclaire.blogspot.co.uk/

    • StephJ | 20th Jul 16

      Yes check it out! There are a lot of really cool house boats available in Amsterdam, if I had my time back I would have rented one while there. Thansk for reading 🙂

  7. Tillicum Bay Retreat | 22nd Aug 16

    Hard to believe there still a lot of people not using Airbnb. As a host I’m finding that we’re getting quite a few first time Airbnb’ers as guests. It’s a little unnerving with new guests as we rely on those reviews from other hosts to know if they’re good guests but so far the experience has been great and most everyone has treated our home like they’re own.

    • StephJ | 22nd Aug 16

      It definitely works both ways, nervousness from guests and host. Probably more nervousness from host as it is often your home you are opening to strangers. I think Airbnb does a great job setting up those verification and that is anther excellent added bonus to using Aribnb! The reviews are a huge benefit! <3 Airbnb!

  8. Stephanie | 3rd Oct 16

    I love air BnB and have had the most wonderful experiences for such good value

    • StephJ | 3rd Oct 16

      It has not let me down yet 🙂

  9. 3 Ghent Highlights you Need to Explore – Scale it Simple | 14th Oct 16

    […] This city is comparable with Bruges in its age and medieval importance, fully stocked  with canals, museums, and a very rich history. How wonderful! So we began looking into apartments available on AirBnB. If you are not using AirBnb then you need to start, it is amazing. (Check out my 10 reasons to travel AirBnB here) […]

  10. The Thrift and The Savvy | 1st Feb 17

    YES! Great article! I am a big fan of Airbnb. Glad you share some same thoughts!

    • StephJ | 1st Feb 17

      Awesome! Me too, it essential for travel I think

  11. 16 Reasons to Travel Belgium | 9th May 17

    […] only ask for a donation to visit. You can also find affordable accommodations in both hotels and Airbnbs. Again just remember you will be paying more in […]

Leave A Comment

Leave a Reply