I’ve known about Airbnb for several years now, but haven’t gotten around to using it until my recent trip to Athens, Greece. If you’re unfamiliar with the site, Airbnb is a place where private home owners can rent out their properties (usually apartments) to travellers. It gives hosts a platform to earn some short term rental income and travellers the chance to enjoy the comforts of a private home.
A friend of mine mentioned how much she loved the Airbnb because she feels more like a local. So I decided since we were traveling to Greece, it would be the perfect place to enjoy my first Airbnb experience.
Airbnb has properties available in pretty much all major cities around the world. The search function is easy enough to use and works basically the same as the popular hotel sites.
The prices are cheaper depending on where you’re traveling to. Cheaper prices aren’t always absolute, because in US cities that happen to be more expensive, a decent airbnb can cost you more than a standard hotel. It’s best to do some research to compare prices. 2.
You have so much options. The types of rooms you can stay in at a hotel are usually very standard and limited. Air B&B offers so many options – Apartments, Studios, Mansions, Treehouses, Castles, boathouses, etc. You can choose a shared room, a private room, or an entire apartment/house. The list is endless.
One of my favorite things about traveling is meeting the people that have lived in that area and know it well. They can give you the best tips and some great insight to their way of life, just like our host in Athans, Greece. Airbnb’s motto is ‘LIVE THERE’ – experience a place like you live there. You get the chance to stay in areas which may have no hotels at all, which gives you a different perspective of the city.
It’s an adventure. I love an adventure. Now, this may scare a lot of people. For me, it’s so exciting. You honestly never know what you’re going to get until you arrive. You don’t know what your host will be like or if the accommodation will even live up to your standards. On the other hand, a hotel stay is pretty standard. Although this is comforting, I enjoy the surprises that come along with staying in an Air BnB. You could end up making life-long friends with the host or simply having a unique experience. And that’s what adventures are all about, right?
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