I’m super picky about where I stay and hotels can be pretty expensive, especially those that are conveniently located near everything we need and want to be by when traveling. Finding a place to stay is usually the most tedious, and expensive, part of traveling…but it doesn’t have to be anymore.
I used to be that person who would travel with friends and pay a couple hundred dollars a night to be in a nice hotel close to all of the things we wanted to do, luckily I no longer have to do that. Why? How? AirBnB 😉
If you’ve been living under a rock lately and haven’t heard of AirBnB let me explain to you what airbnb is & how airbnb works. AirBnB is a website that allows you to temporarily rent someone else’s house, mansion, apartment, condo, beach house, boathouse, RV, loft, treehouse, penthouse, etc for a really great price. I’ve seen listings for as low as 40$ a night with beautiful, breath taking views. & Honestly, depending on when and where you are going you can even find places for as low as $9.
I recently used airbnb for a weekend trip to South Florida and the total price for the entire weekend was only $80. An entire apartment, fully furnished, screened in balcony, in a beautiful gated community for just 80$. You can’t beat that. (If you wanna save even more, sign up here to save $40 off your booking instantly). If you’re traveling solo they also have options to book just a room instead of a whole house.
Another benefit of AirBnB is it’s especially great for long term travelers since the hosts usually offer around a 20% discount if you stay for a month or longer.
There’s also a search feature that lets you filter the results based on group size, number of bedrooms, price, neighborhood, business travel ready, washer/dryer in unit, hot tub, doorman, smoking/non smoking, free wifi, cable, etc. You’re also able to send a message to the host of the unit so that you can ask them any questions you may have before arrival.
Each listing has a section for reviews left by previous guests, which is super helpful. Always be sure to read the reviews and information so you know what you are booking. Also, always be sure to leave an honest review of your own to help out fellow travelers.
I’ve used AirBnb here in the states 4 time and once in France, and all experiences were pleasant. & the units were all super cute. I can’t recommend it enough.
Where do you stay when you travel?