Airbnb has become my official go-to for accommodations when I’m traveling abroad, and at times domestically as well. At this point I’ve stayed in bookings from Rio de Janeiro to Tokyo, and have yet to have an issue.
I totally understand why Airbnb and other home sharing platforms may make some nervous, but trust me, you’re doing yourself a disservice by not staying in one.
Here are the top reasons why I choose Airbnb.
- Airbnb is significantly less expensive than traditional hotels. Now this is just from my experience, but depending on where you’re traveling to, Airbnbs are significantly cheaper than hotel options. Of course there is a reason for that. More than likely no one will be coming to refresh your linens and change out your towels everyday. No one will take out the trash for you and vacuum during your stay. It’s sort of no frills, and that helps keep costs down.
- You get to stay in the heart of it all. When I travel, I don’t want to stay where all the other tourists are. Yes, I know how that sounds. However, aside from not being surrounded by an influx of other tourists who don’t know what to do or where to go, Airbnb has allowed me to stay in actual neighborhoods, where I can mingle with locals as if I were one. In Rio, I stayed in a location 3 blocks from Ipanema Beach, surrounded by local eateries and easily accessible to public transport; all for less than $75 a night. It literally could not be beat.
3 Hosts have the best recommendations. I have met some of the nicest hosts during my Airbnb stays. I always do private residences when I book, but my hosts have always been willing to give recommendations for what to do and how to get around in the city I’m visiting. My host in my recent Airbnb stay in Havana, Cuba was absolutely instrumental to my group having an amazing time. She made sure we had a contact for a trusted guide around the city who helped us arrange transportation, tours and exposed us to some of Havana’s gems. Honestly, if it hadn’t been for her, we definitely would not have had the robust experience we did.
Anyone else out there a fan of Airbnb?