Traveling using AirBnB

13 Aug

Florence

July is the time of year where everyone seems to be off on vacation. This year I was one of those people, for the last month I’ve been traveling in Europe, first with my brother and then with my girlfriend. So you can expect the next couple of posts to be all about my travels. There will be posts about food, adventures and tons of pictures (I took about 1400!). One of the things that really made my trip was the places I stayed. While a lot of people stay at hostels and hotels, I found most of our places on AirBnB.com.

Berlin

AirBnB.com is a service that matches travelers looking for short term rentals with individuals who are renting out their property. On the site you can find almost any type of rental you might want, from tree houses (https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/50435) to castles (https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/70895), there is something for everyone. I chose to look for places to star on AirBnB.com for a couple of reasons. Being a young professional in the not-for-profit sector, I don’t have a lot of money to spend on a month long adventure. AriBnB lets you filter your search by price and find something that fits your budget. On average we spent $97 a night on accommodations; this works out to be $48.50 a night. While there are cheaper options available, these rentals had some serious advantages. For one, all of the places we stayed at had kitchens that we could use. This let us make some of our own meals. When you’re travelling for a month, it’s great to have a home cooked meal, plus you can save a little money. There was also a couple of places that had laundry, this doesn’t seem like much but when your bag gets lost for three days and you’re walking around in 35+ degree weather, laundry becomes a life saver!

Paris!

Amsterdam

One of the best things about our trip was our stay in London. Not did we have a chance to experience the Olympics and the amazing history that London has to offer but we also had a chance to stay with a Londoner. One of the choices you have on AirBnB is to look for rentals that are either of the whole home or renting a room in someone’s place. In London we chose to stay in someone’s room and it ended up being one of the best choices of our trip. First off we saved a bunch of money by staying with someone, especially during the Olympics. The more important of the aspect of staying with a Londoner is that we got to meet an amazing person. Our host was super friendly and shared our passion for the Olympics. She would share her knowledge about London with us, pointing us in the right direction for some really cool things to see and do. She also shared her laptop with us, so that we could all watch the Olympics! Having a friendly personable host added another dimension to our trip. We were no longer travelers meeting other travelers while visiting a foreign city. We got to really know a local and feel like a part of the city! So next time you’re planning a trip, check out AirBnB.com look for a cool, different, fun place to stay!

Big Ben – London!

Just so everyone knows, I wasn’t asked to write this by AriBnB and I am not getting anything from them. However, if they do read this I won’t say no to some free stuff! Also this is all based off my personal experience, so take it for what it’s worth.

Rome

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2 Responses to “Traveling using AirBnB”

  1. Vivi October 15, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    Hi, mind sharing your London host contact/details?
    I’m looking for a reliable good London stay via airbnb.
    Thank you.

    • stuie86 October 15, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

      Hi Vivi,

      Here is the link for the place I stayed at in London – https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/302365. Eu is awesome and if you do end up staying there, you’ll have a great time.

      All the best!

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