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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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.
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