[TRAVEL TIPS] Why I Choose to Use ‘AirBnB’

There are plenty accommodation options out there at a range of different prices, and different levels of luxury. I don’t always 100% stick to using AirBnB but it’s always the first place that I look when I’m searching for a place to stay both abroad and at home. I understand there are many of you out there that are concerned with using AirBnB’s due to the fact that you are literally staying in someone else’s home. Here are my 5 top reasons for choosing to use AirBnB’s when away.

 

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THE REASONS

 

1) Flexibility.

When you use a hotel or a hostel, there is a pre-determined check-in/out time and if you want to extend this or make it earlier,  you usually have to pay an extra cost. This isn’t the case with an AirBnB. All you have to do is ask the owner and explain your reasons for this, and in my cases, they have all agreed willingly. Don’t get me wrong, it’s down to the owner but they are usually very flexible.

There is something nice about being able to leave your bags there, have a shower in the morning of your travel and then go an explore worry free without having your bags with you and knowing they are secured in a safe place.

 

2) Living like a local.

The best part of the using an AirBnB is that you get to live like a local. Hotels are always nestled in the tourist areas of the city you’re visiting but AirBnB’s are nestled away in the heart and soul of the city: the places where the residents live. You get to feel like one of them, mingle with them and get to know their home city in a whole new way. There is something magical about that.

3) Keeping the costs down.

In most cases, staying in nice hotels can burn a real hole in your wallet. Now, wouldn’t you rather spend that money on an extra coffee in town, or visiting that extra attraction. You get free wifi (in most cases), can use the kitchen facilities to cook your own food. You can also choose to rent an entire flat or just a room in the apartment/house of your host. I always choose the entire flat as I like to have my own space but a private room can cut that cost even more (and you don’t have to share it with 10 other people like in a hostel). You don’t pay per person, you pay per room, and this can be extremely useful when travelling on a budget.

 

4) Local Knowledge.

Another fantastic bonus you get when you stay in someone’s apartment is that you get to pick their brains. They will have knowledge of the place that you won’t get anywhere else. Do you want to find out where the best bakery is in town? They will more than likely have the answer. They will know all the best little food spots to avoid tourists and this is such a useful commodity to have. If you don’t want them to inform you, then just ask them nicely and they will just let you roam free and explore yourself. Local knowledge is second to none.

 

5) Extra Amenities.

You get given those things that you would usually have to pay extra for in a hotel/hostel. Wifi is usually included so you can search till your heart’s content. Having a washer/dryer can be super useful when you’re travelling for a while as you can just pop your things in the wash, and head out to explore knowing it will be done when you return. A kitchen area helps save money and you can prepare your food like you do at home. A lot of AirBnBs now offer smart TVs and the use of their Netflix accounts and technology you wouldn’t get in a hotel. It can be great to just kick back in an evening and watch a film or series with your mates.

 

AirBnB is definitely my go to when searching for a place to stay. This cost-effective way of travelling lets you have a locals experience whilst also being a tourist. I also enjoy the search, you get to read the reviews, read the hosts biography, and they also read yours so you know that they are comfortable with you staying in their home.

I can’t recommend it anymore, so I hope I’ve put to bed some of your concerns with using AirBnB. Remember I’ve got that code up there to use and it’ll save you some money when you book your first trip.

 

Happy Travelling.

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20 Comments

  1. June 1, 2018 / 9:59 pm

    If i was someone who travelled more then Airbnb would be such a good option, i agree they’re so good if you wanna live like a local because you can really experience the locality of staying somewhere other than a hotel. I watch some travel vloggers who always use airbnb and all the places look so cute and they always seem so affordable!

    http://www.thediaryofellie.com

    • Mark
      Author
      June 2, 2018 / 1:10 pm

      Thanks for taking the time to read Ellie! It’s something I always recommend, even if you’re going away for only a few days! Yeah, I’ve seen vloggers who do exactly the same, some of the nicest ones are in Iceland I seem to find!

  2. June 2, 2018 / 11:13 am

    I totally agree with this! When I stayed in a AirBnB in San Fran we thought it was way out in the middle of nowhere! But actually it was close to sooo many restaurants and little shops that were out of the hustle and bustle of the tourists, the type the locals actually ate at! Also they usually leave you a little care package with tea, coffee, biscuits which is the way to my heart! Great post & really informative! Didn’t realise they’re often flexable on the check out times! Will have to utilise that in the future!😊

    • Mark
      Author
      June 2, 2018 / 11:19 am

      I totally forgot about the little care packages you often get left, such as a bottle of wine or some beers in the fridge!

      Thank you so much for reading! I’m hoping more people keep using it, as it’s an absolutely great way of getting cheap quality accommodation!

  3. June 2, 2018 / 3:52 pm

    Totally agree with the local knowledge and living like a local. Makes the experience so much more ‘real’

    • Mark
      Author
      June 2, 2018 / 4:02 pm

      Thanks for reading! Local knowledge can be key when your visiting a new country! You just can’t ignore that kind of insight!

  4. June 3, 2018 / 3:22 pm

    I love Airbnb! I love being in someones home and not feeling like i’m off somewhere crisp and perfect, I love the little added touches and the realness of it all! The cost too is always so fab tbh in comparison! It must take some guts to start one up though!

    • Mark
      Author
      June 3, 2018 / 5:20 pm

      You could make so much money through renting your place though, depending on where it is of course! Must be a good money spinner if you’re not there all the time.

      Thanks for taking the time to read even when your in Bali!

  5. June 3, 2018 / 8:33 pm

    I’m always abit concerned about going to live in someone elses home so to speak and t really puts me off, i look but dont book, but this post has defo put my mind at ease and probably rekon i should be trying it out haha because I’m missing out!

    • Mark
      Author
      June 3, 2018 / 8:36 pm

      I’m glad this post has put your mind at ease a little bit! I was a bit concerned and nervous at first but honestly they are amazing!

      It’s worth it just to gain the local knowledge tbh.

      Thank you so much for reading 🙂

  6. June 3, 2018 / 8:46 pm

    We chose airbnb for our stay in copenhagen and it was amazing! as you said, you live like a local! also you save on food as you can cook at home! and i think it is more relaxing than a hotel!

  7. June 3, 2018 / 8:56 pm

    I’ve never stayed in an AirBnB place before, but your tips and info have made me think about booking one for my next trip! X

    • Mark
      Author
      June 3, 2018 / 9:16 pm

      I’m so glad that it may gave convinced you to try it out! I love browsing the site trying to find somewhere different than a hotel.

  8. June 3, 2018 / 8:58 pm

    I like airbnb…i agree you have more choice. the last place I stayed the host provided breakfast which was a nice touch and then we ate out for the rest of the time. I also love seeing how people decorate their homes which you don’t get at a hotel.

    • Mark
      Author
      June 3, 2018 / 9:17 pm

      Oh wow, weve never had them provide us with breakfast before so that’s pretty cool.

      I agree, it’s nice to have a little homely place rather than a boring hotel room!

  9. June 3, 2018 / 9:03 pm

    I always like to look on Airbnb but have never booked a place to stay. I think you can deffo bag a few bargains, and like you say live like a local!
    Great post, my next trip might just be an Airbnb one!

    Aimsy xoxo

    • Mark
      Author
      June 3, 2018 / 9:17 pm

      I’m glad that you may try out AirBnB, it’s definitely worth it! I’ve always found them to be a cracking price for what you get!

  10. June 3, 2018 / 10:30 pm

    I used AirBnB for the first time last month and was really happy with the service! I’ll definitely use it again in the future for all the reasons you’ve listed here, we wanted to walk the coastal path and our host gave us directions to get there which we definitely wouldn’t have found without her help, we arrived early and after a quick message were able to check in early instead of coming back again in the middle of the afternoon etc. It was great!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

  11. June 4, 2018 / 12:45 am

    I stayed in an Air BnB for the first time in April and was so impressed! I had been nervous of them before but found a charming place to stay and as you mention in number 4 the owner’s local knowledge made the trip for us! I have to say I’m a bit of a convert now!

  12. June 5, 2018 / 6:32 pm

    Loved this post! I’m also an AirBnB user and love it! I just got back from staying an a small lodge in the countryside. You can find so many unique places, the one I just left had a private hot tub too which you don’t tend to get in hotels!!

    Sammy | seekingsammy.com

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