In the last few years, a new style of travel accommodation has begun to emerge. Hotels can be expensive, especially when staying in the city, hostels don't offer much privacy and Bed & Breakfasts aren't exactly what everyone is looking for. In 2008, a couple of friends launched a unique idea offering a new option for lodging, which over time has become a great success.
Starting in San Franscisco, Airbnb was developed to allow people to rent out space in their homes to people who were looking for accommodation. Over the years, the website has developed and transformed to a point where people can not only rent out a room in someone's home for a few nights, but can rent out an entire house or apartment for a longer period of time.
I've stayed in Airbnb's now numerous times and I really recommend it. Depending on what you are looking for, you can find some great places with more space than a hotel room which are often even more reasonably priced. If you are already convinced and want to give it a shot without reading any further you can click here for a DISCOUNT LINK to create your account and get money off of your first stay at an Airbnb.
I'd like to share with you a little bit about my experiences with my Airbnb trips. The first one is horrendous, so don't let it put you off, as it was the learning experience for me to learn how to find the best quality places to stay.
In 2018, I took a trip to Paris. We were looking for somewhere to stay and of course being Paris, everywhere was extremely expensive. We eventually decided to stay at an Airbnb (our first experience) and found the cheapest one that we could find, closest to the centre of the city. Let me just start by saying that in life, the cheapest isn't always the best... In a quick recap, we were expected to search for our own bedding and make our own beds, the place was disgusting and falling apart and even the bathroom had only half a shower curtain - and this is putting everything nicely.
Thank goodness we were in a safe neighborhood and at the end of the day, we had somewhere to lay our weary heads. The biggest thing I took away from that very bad experience is to make sure to carefully check reviews and ratings of any place where you plan to stay.
Since then, I have booked 2 more Airbnb's to stay at. The main factors that I now check for any place that I'm considering are how many people have stayed there and what the reviews are like. If there haven't been guests yet, it's out. If there have been a lot of visitors who speak highly of it, I will save it to my list of possibilities.
The last two places that I have been to, I used for my wedding - one for the night before with my bridesmaids and the other for my honeymoon. Both had excellent reviews and I couldn't have been happier with these places.
Later this month, we will be going to London for a night. I have already begun my Airbnb search and have marked out the apartments that I like that are within our price range, close enough to the city and are rated well. I feel very good that we will find a really nice place to stay at.
Over the last little while, Airbnb has added a few new features that are worth a mention. Along with searching for lodging, you can now search for unique activities that are hosted by locals, "adventure" trips that you can take, as well as learning about recommended restaurants in the area you are travelling to. To be fair, I haven't yet tried any of the new things, but I certainly find them to be intriguing options to look into. You can also search for specific types of places such as family stays or farm stays, as well as accommodation styles that are luxury and higher end.
If this has sparked your interest and you think you'd like to give it a try, go ahead and use this link to set yourself up an account and get some money (£34 or something similar in your currency) off of your first stay somewhere. If nothing else, go a head and take a look at some of the cool places that Airbnb has to offer. If Airbnb's good enough to be running in 191 different countries, it's good enough to give it a shot!