My Experience Using AirBNB
AirBNB is a home and apartment rental service. Hosts from all over the world will list their home or apartment for others to rent out. You can choose between renting out the entire place, a room, or sharing a room. I have only rented out an entire apartment but depending on your budget and comfort level you might decide on another option. My experience using AirBNB has been fantastic and I would highly recommend it.
So, why do I like AirBNB?
It’s (usually) cheaper – obviously I want to spend as little as possible but still have a nice place to stay. This allows me to do that. I can get more bang for my buck – I get more space, closer to the major attractions. Live like a local – it’s a great opportunity to meet a local (the host) and they can give you advice on what to do, what to see, and where to eat. The experience – it immerses you in the culture to have a more unique experience.
AirBNB in Rome, Italy
Kyle and I stayed at Lorenzo Home at Coliseum in Rome, Italy when we traveled there two years ago. The location was PERFECT. A short, ten minute walk to the colosseum, it doesn’t get much better than that. Also, it was only $73 a night, which is a very good price for Rome. The walk to the metro only took a few minutes as well. The room was a little bit tiny, but it didn’t matter to us because we were out all day exploring.
AirBNB in Amsterdam, Netherlands
During our same European vacation, we booked another AirBNB in Amsterdam. I don’t think they rent out the apartment we stayed in anymore because I couldn’t find it on AirBNB’s website. The apartment was halfway underground, which was fine but not really ideal. The host, Robert, was awesome. He left us a bunch of local treats to try and also a small souvenir.
A few things to consider before booking
You will want to do your research on location and hotel prices before booking on AirBNB to ensure you are getting a good deal. Also think about how long you will be in that location. If you are only staying one night, it might not be worth your time to book an AirBNB. However, if you are staying for a few days, I think it is a great option. We stayed 3 nights in both Rome and Amsterdam and I think that timeframe was perfect. Be respectful and courteous of the host and leave the home or apartment in the best condition you can when you leave. Be open minded as well, each place will have it’s own quirks. I’d also suggest to read the reviews about the host so you can get an idea of who they are and what kind of condition the home or apartment will be in. Most importantly, be ready to have a fun and unique travel experience!
Now I have the travel bug after looking on AirBNB’s website. Have you used AirBNB before? How was your experience? Where did you stay?