After spending three months in Bogota, Colombia – I decided to throw my leased apartment on Airbnb. I had no idea how things would work out. Being an Airbnb host was more of an experiment than anything else.
I honestly had no idea if anyone would even rent my spot. It’s a small studio ideal for an independent traveler looking for a perfect location.
Then I got a request. I figured it’d be for a week or two. I was wrong. My first client wanted to stay for 49 full days. Damn.
My plan was to play Airbnb host for a few weeks while I hit cool places in Colombia. Maybe a week at the beach. Possibly checking out El Cafetero a little more.
Nope, I now had to find a completely different place to live. It was a bit stressful. Luckily, it was also a bit profitable.
How to Deal with Nerves as a First-Time Airbnb Host
My first guess arrives tomorrow. A businessman looking to make connections in Bogota, Colombia.
On paper, everything looks pretty ideal. I make a little extra cash while covering my lease. Then I get to travel around Colombia for nearly two straight months.
In reality, I’m a little nervous. My mind keeps running over all the bad things that could happen. I’m generally concerned.
What if my guess breaks something valuable like the washing machine? What if he floods something when I’m not in the city? What if my landlord gets upset that I’m subleasing?
There’s a lot of bad shit that can happen. However, I’m fairly confident everything will be ok. I thought things over and my nerves calmed down a bit. If you’re a first-time Airbnb host, here are a few things to consider:
– Subleasing & Landlords –
I kind of asked my landlord if I could rent on Airbnb. My friend stayed in my place while I was away for a few nights and I asked my landlord. He said it was cool.
So I put my apartment on Airbnb as an experiment. I’ll let my landlord know I’m having a “friend” stay in the apartment. Then I’ll pay him and head out.
While there’s a 10% chance this goes horribly wrong, I’m fairly confident everything will be just fine. This is my main concern.
My landlord only cares about his money. As long as I pay, I shouldn’t have any issues with him.
– Not Being Around –
As the guest rented the place for nearly two months, I don’t plan to stay in the city. I made this perfectly clear to my guest, but it still brings worry.
If something does go wrong, I’m not sure how I’ll handle things. I may have to call my landlord to handle the situation or come back to the city.
I do have a good friend in the same apartment building, but I feel a bit guilty asking him to handle anything too big.
Again, this could go horribly wrong. However, I think I have my bases covered. It’s a small, efficiency apartment. There’s not much that could go wrong. I’ve been living in the place for three months without issue.
– Breaking Things –
The guest seems like a pretty upstanding guy. I don’t have many concerns about things getting broken. Other than the TV and washing machine, there’s nothing of real value in the apartment.
If anything does break, Airbnb has an insurance protection policy that should kick in. So this isn’t one of my bigger concerns. It still offers a little worry if something does break, I may have to come back to the city to fix it.
My Experience as a First-Time Airbnb Host
Honestly, I have no idea how being a first-time Airbnb host will play out. Everything could run smoothly and I’d have no worries.
There’s also a possibility the whole thing goes to shit. I’m not sure what will happen, and I can’t say I’m too excited to find out.
If you have experience as a first-time Airbnb host, sound off in the comments. I’m curious to hear how things turned out for you. While I’m a bit worried, my fingers are crossed, everything goes smoothly.
Location: Santiago de Los Caballeros, Dominican Republic
I just went through Airbnb hell. While I’m a big fan of Airbnb, no service is perfect…
Sometimes things just don’t work how they’re supposed to. And with this rental, I knew it’d be rough from the jump. When things go south, they go fast. My stay in the worst Airbnb apartment rental in the world was no different.
I learned no one would be available to let me in the apartment for almost an hour after arrival while I sat on the bus. That meant an hour standing around outside my apartment with all my luggage – in a “third world” country. Always a treat.
Luckily, nothing happened. My host’s “associate” showed up one hour after I arrived and let me in. Things seemed to look perfect. Everything in the apartment looked exactly like the photos. No surprises. Or so I thought.
The Little Things Add Up
I had the place to myself as I waited for my friends to arrive. I did a detailed inspection and slowly began to see issues creep up. Nothing in the apartment seemed to work just right.
The doors were all slightly off their hinges. If you didn’t lift up when you opened or closed them, a loud screeching noise could be heard throughout the apartment. Not just one door. Every single one of them.
It looked great in photos…
The door handle in the master bedroom fell off every time you tried to open the door. You’d have to gingerly twist the knob and then pull the door open with a latch from above.
Then there was the issue of keys. Security is taken seriously in the Dominican Republic. With high levels of crime and poverty, such precautions can be necessary. In the worst Airbnb apartment rental in the world, we had a set of 12 keys – all needed to get in and out of the flat, or to go to other spaces in the apartment.
Usually, I wouldn’t worry about having to unlock a few extra things each day. The issue was we had one set of 12 keys and three people living in the apartment with different work and life schedules.
Instead of fully enjoying our time in Santiago de Los Caballeros, Dominican Republic – we were continually planning how we would pass off the one set of keys to each other while coming and going. A logistical nightmare if I’ve ever seen one. We were planning to get copies made, but other issues prevented us from doing so.
Internet Issues Arise
Our host had explained the apartment didn’t have Internet, which was odd being the place was on Airbnb. But we figured we could just buy Internet easily and have things installed within an hour or two.
Wrong. This is the Dominican Republic. Things don’t just work exactly how you want them to. You’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto. Even a relatively little task becomes frustrating when dealing with language barriers and intercultural communications.
Instead of quickly paying for Internet and getting to work, we spent five full hours going from telecommunications company to Internet provider trying to find decently fast Internet immediately. We eventually accepted that high-speed Internet wasn’t going to be an option and accepted any Wi-Fi signal at all.
Taking the Toilet For Granted
While things hadn’t gone smoothly as of yet – disaster hadn’t hit. Having to wait for a little, pass keys around, find Wi-Fi, and gingerly open up doors is one thing. Having to manually flush a toilet is a completely different ball game.
Then we woke up one morning to find the water not running. No flushing toilets, no water to brush your teeth – nothing. We didn’t think much of it. In the Dominican Republic, electricity and water outages for an hour or two are relatively common.
So my friend and I headed to the gym first thing in the morning. We figured water would be back on by that afternoon. Nope. After two hours at the gym, we came back to the worst Airbnb apartment in the world to find no running water. I called my Airbnb host. He called his “associate” and told her to come over when she could.
When she could turned into 7 PM. Horrific customer service and all, but I was relieved to see her. In my mind, she’d be able to fix the issue immediately. I thought she knew something I didn’t. I was wrong.
Rooftop Showers For All
After continually telling us about “la bomba” for twenty or so minutes, she informed us that showering on the roof was an option. She grabbed a pitcher from the kitchen and demonstrated her patented rooftop showering technique.
We thanked her for the advice, and quickly tried to get a definitive answer on when the water would be running again. We were told by noon the next day everything would be good. A handyman was set to come to the building early the next morning.
He never showed up. We were not told anything. After 24 hours without running water, I was done. I told the Airbnb host of the issue and how this was unacceptable. He pleaded for one more chance to fix the situation, and we agreed to give him an opportunity. Still, nothing happened.
While not being able to flush a toilet was one of the nastiest things I’ve ever experienced, rooftop showers in the fresh air aren’t too shabby – especially when they come with a view. Dumping 20 gallons of water over your body while staring out at the mountains ass naked is quite delightful. And gives you a surprisingly clean feeling.
As we began to tell locals about our outdoor showering experiences, they simply shrugged it off. Most claimed we had only become “Dominicanized” through the experience.
A Second Chance
I was having a great time in Santiago de Los Caballeros – despite the shit apartment. But enough was enough. Nearing 40 hours without running water was draining. I called Airbnb customer service on Google Hangouts and voiced my complaint. I wanted a full refund.
The Airbnb customer service agent was extremely helpful, and my Airbnb host didn’t try to argue. He knew the situation was shit. The money was immediately wired back to my bank account.
Then a miracle happened. Less than 30 minutes after I had my money back, the water came back on. I couldn’t help but laugh.With our money back, we contacted the host and told him we would pay by the day for a lower rate, as we didn’t have much confidence in the apartment, but had no other three-bedroom apartments in Santiago de Los Caballeros. He agreed, and we stayed another night.
The Last Straw
On our final night in the apartment, I did a load of laundry in the semi-automatic washing machine. This required multiple YouTube videos and the assistance of a neighbor in the building.
After hanging my clothes to dry, I went to take a shower. No water came out of the shower head. I went over to my toilet. It wouldn’t flush. I checked every toilet and faucet in the house. The water wasn’t running any longer. Enraged would be the only words to describe how I felt at that point.
At this point, we had running water for less than 50% of our stay. We told the Airbnb host we’d be checking out immediately. And we got out of there as fast as we could.
Now, I’m sitting at a casino hotel featuring a swimming pool overlooking the mountains. While it’s not perfect, I feel like I’m living in luxury as I write this article. The water is running. Hell, it’s even hot. And I get to shower indoors. There’s air conditioning, and breakfast is cooked for me. Laundry service is provided. Plus, my toilet flushes every single time it’s asked to.
Is Airbnb safe? I laughed the first time this question was brought up. Then I thought about it for a minute. If someone has never used Airbnb before, then safety could be a legitimate concern. Most people stay in hotels, hostels, or resorts when they travel. There’s a certain level of security almost guaranteed in these places, especially in nice hotels and resorts.
View from an Airbnb rental in Santa Marta, Colombia.
Staying in someone’s apartment is an entirely different story. You don’t know what to expect – especially as a first time Airbnb renter. It can be scary going to a whole new city or country and staying in the apartment of someone you really know nothing about.
It’s a legitimate concern to wonder, “Is Airbnb safe?” Personally, I’ve never felt any threat or danger while staying at an Airbnb rental. You’ll find certain horror stories online, but for the most part – you’ll be perfectly safe in an Airbnb apartment.
Is Airbnb safe? Just follow these five tips to ensure secure travels:
Pay Attention to the Neighborhood
Just like getting a hotel in a dangerous neighborhood could leave you vulnerable, renting on Airbnb in a bad part of town isn’t a good idea, either. No matter how you travel, you must pay attention to the neighborhood you’re staying in. Your safety and security will be determined by the neighborhood more than nearly any other factor, especially when visiting “dangerous” countries like Colombia.
Rely on Reviews
Airbnb does a wonderful job of creating a community of hosts and renters around the world. Hosts can review renters and renters can review host. If a host is dishonest, you’ll be able to tell in the review sections. If a renter is doing unsavory things, a host may leave him or her a bad review. If you’re new to Airbnb, try and rely on the reviews. Only rent apartments with reviews the first three or four times you use Airbnb. This will ensure you stay as safe as possible.
Read the Fine Print
Airbnb is not a hotel. Every apartment comes with different amenities. Some places will come stocked to the brim with hotel-like amenities. Other places won’t have toilet paper or Wi-Fi (rare). To find out exactly what you’re getting, make sure to comb through the fine print of any rental and see what is included. If a deal is too good to be true, make sure all the amenities you require are included. Then check if the neighborhood is safe and make sure the place has reviews.
If you have any questions, you’ll want to ask the host before booking. I often ask about guest policies and if security is provided. It’s important to have a security guard (doorman) in many countries, especially in Latin America. Asking questions also build rapport with a host and gives you a better chance of getting a great Airbnb deal by asking for a discount.
Use Common Sense
Airbnb is safe as long as you can use a little common sense. You’ll find many great deals on the site, but if something is too good to be true – then there’s probably a reason for that. Many times you’ll find apartments with incredible amenities on Airbnb for dirt cheap prices. However, they’ll be in terrible neighborhoods or areas. If safety is a concern, just avoid these types of places! You get what you pay for when renting anything – whether it’s a hotel, hostel, or Airbnb apartment.
Is Airbnb Safe?
Ultimately, Airbnb is safe – as long as you use common sense and follow the few tips above. You’ll be just as safe in an Airbnb rental as you would in a hotel in the same neighborhood, especially if you have a doorman in the building. For first-time Airbnb users, you can be confident about your security when renting on the site.
Airbnb is often a love or hate type of deal. Many travelers love Airbnb. Others despise the site. Often, the high prices, limited selection in certain areas, and customer service turn travelers away from the service. While I’m still a fanboy, many Airbnb competitors have been popping up. When websites like Airbnb come to mind, most think of sites like:
Sites like the Airbnb competitors above are used for vacation rentals. Most of the time, the properties found on VRBO.com will be large vacation homes that do little good for independent travelers. The prices alone ensure solo travelers won’t find what they’re looking for on such sites. (Learn more about Airbnb here.)
While some have found great accommodation on these sites, there are rarely enough options on these websites for me to bother checking them out, either. These aren’t the Airbnb alternatives I’m going to talk about. Don’t waste your time using sites like the above unless you’re flush with cash and looking for a “vacation” home.
Check out these six Airbnb competitors sure to help you find great accommodation around the world:
Boots on the Ground
The absolute best Airbnb competitor out there is getting your boots on the ground. Instead of booking anything online, just head to your destination and find something while you’re there. Once you’re in your desired destination, you’ll find that renting an apartment of grabbing a hotel is much easier. There are numerous benefits to booking something once you arrive, including:
Absolutely no surprises.
Get the exact amenities and location you want.
Much better deals.
Airbnb will never be as cheap as the deals you’ll be able to find once in a destination. You’ll always find better deals upon arrival. You’ll also know exactly where the location is and if you like the place. While Airbnb does a good job eliminating surprises, there’s only so much you can see through a map and photographs.
I prefer to use this method of finding accommodation in a few different scenarios. If I’m staying over three months in a location, then I’ll always try to rent once I arrive. I’ll also rarely book something ahead of time if I’m going to a tourist destination in low-season. Once you arrive, you’ll find hotels are cheaper than advertised online – if they’re struggling to fill rooms.
Pro Tip: For long-term stays in a city, working with a local realtor is never a bad idea. Realtors are the ultimate Airbnb competitors.
One Airbnb competitor that I’ve used numerous times, Booking.com is my absolute favorite place to book hotels around the globe. You’ll find an incredible selection of hotels and apartments on Booking.com. Plus, the site offers great search features to ensure finding the perfect hotel for your needs is simple.
As an Airbnb alternative, Booking.com features a great selection of fully furnished apartments around the world. In some cities, there’s a better selection of apartments on this site then Airbnb. I’ve also noticed that Booking.com often offers better deals on hotels than trying to book through the hotel itself. The site truly does force the hotel to give them their absolute best price (when they offer daily deals).
I haven’t personally used this Airbnb competitor, but I’ve heard great things about Agoda.com. Many travelers in Asia rave about the site, and a quick check shows many rentals throughout the region. You’ll find a decent selection of hotels and rooms on Agoda in other areas, like Latin America. Although, I’d checking Booking.com before using Agoda in Latin America.
If you’re planning to stay long-term in certain Latin countries, then Encuentra24.com is the perfect starting place. You’ll find fully furnished rentals in these countries on Encuentra24.com:
This Airbnb alternative is easy to use and offers a great selection in certain countries. Just remember when contacting agents on Enceuntra24.com – most of these rentals will only be available for 3+ months to a year. Unless explicitly stated, you won’t be able to rent daily or weekly on this site.
I’ve made it known I’m not a fan of CouchSurfing.com these days. The site just isn’t what it once was. Due to that, I wouldn’t recommend many travelers use this Airbnb alternative. That being said – if budget is your primary concern, then you could save a decent chunk of change staying with a fellow surfer. It’s hard to beat free, especially when traveling to expensive cities on short stays.
TripAdvisor.com isn’t just a review site, you can actually book hotels, apartments, and homes through this Airbnb alternative. While I prefer to use Trip Advisor when looking for reviews, the site occasionally has hotel offers that other Airbnb competitors just don’t have access to.
Quick Tip: Whether you book through Trip Advisor or not, it’s always a good idea to read reviews of any hotel you plan to book.
Finding the Ideal Airbnb Alternatives For Your Needs
While there are numerous Airbnb competitors out there, most don’t come close to competing with the short-term rental giant. Airbnb is the most valuable booking service for the independent traveler moving from city to city. Unless you plan to stay 3+ months in a city, you’ll find none of these websites like Airbnb more useful than the original. For me, it’s Airbnb or boots on the ground.
Airbnb has changed the way travelers live on the road. And for the better. Anyone who denies this is senile. While you’ll pay more for an apartment than locals do (unless you stay 3+ months, which you’d be better off using a realtor), you still have the ability to rent an apartment instead of a hotel. That’s a huge benefit.
Instead of having to spend cash at restaurants 2-3X every day, you can cook whenever you please. Instead of living in a small box for a few weeks, you have your own place to spread out and relax. For trips of one week to three months, Airbnb is a godsend.
While $30 USD a night seems like a steal for five nights, paying $900 on a monthly rate over three months seems pricey. This is especially true when you Google around a bit and find similar apartments being rented to locals for around half that.
Still, many travelers, myself included, prefer to use Airbnb. The convenience is just too good to pass up. Everything is automatic. Your payment is automatic. You just show up and grab the keys. Then the place is yours. No going to ATMs in foreign countries on a consistent basis pulling money out to pay rent. No searching high and low to rent a place while staying in a putrid hotel for a few nights.
Plus – as I typically stay in a city for one or two months, most landlords working with locals won’t want to rent to me. So Airbnb it is. This leaves me looking for the best deal I can find on the site.
So I’ve found a way to get great deals on Airbnb almost every time. Here’s how you can, too:
If you’re looking to get Airbnb deals, then you’ll typically need to stay a little longer. I’ve tried to get good deals on 3-4 night trips and most hosts reject my negotiating almost immediately. The nightly price is set so the host make a solid profit on all stays, even short ones.
When negotiating Airbnb deals with hosts, the shortest stay you can expect to get a deal on is one week. One month and most hosts will start to play ball. Two months or more – almost every host will at least listen to your proposal, provided you pitch him or her like I recommend.
P.S.: Getting great deals on Airbnb is a little like sales.
Airbnb hosts look at who they’re renting, too. Airbnb insurance isn’t great for hosts – so they don’t like to rent to people who may destroy their property, anger the neighbors, etc.
I look friendly AF on Airbnb.
If you want to get a good deal, try and create a profile that makes you look friendly, easygoing, and clean. This will ensure hosts want to rent to you. If you look like a problem waiting to happen, you’ll struggle to negotiate great Airbnb deals.
Always Search One Person
Hosting 2-3 people is rarely more expensive than hosting one, yet many Airbnb hosts charge extra per person. This is especially common in the United States. I don’t play that. I get the price for one person. I do all my negotiating like I’ll be the only person staying in the place. Then I inform them if someone else will be coming.
If I’m renting a two or three bedroom apartment with a friend(s), I let the host know once the price has been agreed upon. Most hosts won’t back out of a month or two deal just because one other person will be staying. They know it doesn’t cost much more at all.
Of course, if they straight up ask me how many people will be staying, I’ll tell them an honest answer, but most hosts won’t do that.
The best rates will always be found in the off-season. If you’re willing to hit up popular areas in the off-season, you’ll find some incredible deals. Before you start looking for Airbnb deals, know where you’re going. Research peak season and low season.
The time of year will be a huge factor in determining a host’s willingness to negotiate. In high season, you might not have much wiggle room. In low season, you may be able to get over 50% off on the posted monthly rate you found online.
Which leads me to my next tip – you have to be reasonable when negotiating with Airbnb hosts. Don’t insult them by offering a price 70% off their monthly posted rate. On monthly rates, I’ve found you can get between 25-50% off depending on the season. When renting weekly, you should shoot for 10-30% off the posted rate.
Also, do your research. If the place you want to rent is already offering the best prices on Airbnb, then you might struggle to get a better deal from the host. Hosts know their market. They know if their place is overpriced or cheap. Still, most hosts will negotiate a little bit.
And since most Airbnb hosts are willing to negotiate a little, you might as well just ask. The worst they can say is no. You have nothing to lose. And if you really want the place, you can just agree to whatever price they demand if the negotiations fail.
How to Ask For Amazing Airbnb Deals
So how do you pitch Airbnb hosts to give you a gaudy discount? There are two things you should always do. First, you need to offer some benefit to the host. Do they have many reviews? Offer an absolutely glowing and detail review in return for a great monthly discount.
First, you need to offer some benefit to the host. Do they have many reviews? Offer an absolutely glowing and detail review in return for a great monthly discount. Maybe the host doesn’t get booked a lot, and you need a place for two months in the city. By offering to rent the place for a long stay, you’re offering the host great value.
You need to find out what the host needs and then play off that.
Once you know what the Airbnb host needs, you need to be open, honest, and personal. Tell the host about you, why you’re visiting the city, what you do, your hobbies, etc. Build the relationship a little bit. Ensure your potential host feels comfortable with you.
Here’s an example email I’ve sent out:
Hola (insert host name here),
Buenos Dias! Hope all is well.
I will be coming to Bogota for a few months, and I’m looking for an apartment with three rooms with my friends.
I work online and enjoy working out. I hope to come to Bogota to see the beautiful sights, explore the city, practice my Spanish (a lot!) and possibly meet a cute girl.
I’m on a limited budget, but am interested in your place. Is your apartment available for these dates? Do you have photos of the bedrooms?
Basic and to the point (and a few Spanish words because I was in Colombia). While I broke my own rule with this email by telling her I was traveling with friends, I was confident this Airbnb host would negotiate because her place was new online. I was personable. I informed her of what I do on a day-to-day basis. Then I briefly described why I was in her city. Immediately after our small talk, I began negotiating for a lowered rate.
And the “meet a cute girl” line? I add this for one reason. If you’re living in an Airbnb apartment for months on end, you don’t want a bunch of rules to follow. You expect to be treated like an adult. This means having friends and possibly, a lover over when you please.
By including that line, your host immediately knows you plan to have people over who aren’t living in the apartment. This is important. 95% of Airbnb hosts won’t care what you do as long as you:
Don’t break anything.
Don’t break laws (no drugs).
Don’t have huge parties that piss off the neighbors.
Don’t bring over shady people (aka drug dealers and prostitutes).
…And you shouldn’t have an issue following those guidelines. I always treat an Airbnb rental respectfully, and in turn – I expect Airbnb hosts treat me like an adult.
Closing the Deal
If you follow the guidelines above, you should be able to get a solid discount on an Airbnb rental. While negotiating, don’t be afraid to name your price. Normally, the host will try to get a little more out of you if your request is in their wheelhouse. That’s fine.
For example: if I want to rent something for under $1,000 USD a month, but most of the rentals I like are in the $1,100-1,200 range, I’ll often ask for $875 a month or so. Then the host will counter with $950. And I’ll accept.
How to Get Amazing Airbnb Deals
If you’re new to Airbnb, then this guide should save you a little money. If you’ve been using the site, I hope you’ve been negotiating already. No reason not to get a great deal! Questions, comments, concerns? Sound off in the comments and let me know what you think.
Hostels are so 2009. Hotels are too costly. And it’s rare we stay in a city long enough to sign a real lease for 3-12 months. So renting Airbnb apartments while traveling is en vogue these days. If you’re a traveler, then there’s no doubt you’ve heard of Airbnb. Chances are you’ve used the service at least once, too. Curious about Airbnb? Learn more here.
Whether you’re new to the site or an Airbnb vet, here are 11 benefits of renting an Airbnb apartment while traveling:
Safety First:Nearly every road warrior that’s been traveling in hostels for a while has had something stolen. I’ve heard countless tales. Hostels tend to lend hand to theft. I’ve found renting an apartment on Airbnb to be much safer. Many of these apartments come with a doorman or security staff. Combined with the privacy, you’ll find renting an Airbnb apartment is incredibly safe.
Ability to Cook:It’s difficult to maintain a healthy diet staying in hostels and hotels for too long. Healthy food choices are not always available, and you’ll find routine tough to come by going to new restaurants each day. By renting an apartment on Airbnb, you’ll have the opportunity to cook your meals whenever you like. This ensures you save money and eat a healthy diet. Or you just make seven pounds of ground beef every Sunday and buy some Doritos ;(
Ideal for Working:Renting an apartment on Airbnb allows location independent-types the opportunity to get more work done. Instead of trying to focus in a dingy hotel room or hostel lobby, you’ll have your own private space perfect for being productive. For someone who works online like me, this is one of the biggest benefits of renting on Airbnb.
Away From Tourists: Keeping with the privacy theme, by renting an apartment on Airbnb – you can get away from other tourists. But not just staying in the same hotels or hostels as other travelers. You can stay in an entirely different area of the city. For instance, in Santo Domingo, the vast majority of travelers stay around Zona Colonial. Thus, most of the hostels and hotels are in that zone. By renting an apartment on Airbnb, you can stay near the center. Which anyone who knows Santo Domingo, knows is much preferable.
Privacy:The number one reason why renting an apartment on Airbnb has become so popular is privacy. No longer do you have to stay in a hostel or hotel with other tourists all around. You can now rent private apartments that allow you to operate how you want – when you want to. While some travelers value privacy more than others, it’s hard to deny the benefits of being able to get away and recuperate on your own.
Like a Local: Once you’re away from the tourists, you’re able to socialize with locals more and understand how they live. I’m not saying you need to drop your standard of living, but by being away from the tourist zones – you’ll find a more authentic and often, enjoyable experience. Interacting with locals is a vital aspect of long-term travel.
Economical:Often, you can find great deals on Airbnb – if you’re flexible. Sure, you’ll almost always pay more than a local on a 12-month lease. However, you can often find private apartments in major cities for under $20 USD a day – if you’re staying for a month or longer. Try finding a decent hotel for under $20 USD a day. It’s damn near impossible in most cities.
Treated Like an Adult: Hostels have crazy rules in many countries. You can’t do this or that tends to be common in most hostels these days. I’m not 14 any longer. I expect to be treated like an adult. I expect to be able to live my life how I choose, not by the rules of some power hungry hostel volunteer. While Airbnb apartments tend to ban drugs, prostitutes, and wild parties (as they should), you’ll pretty much be able to live how you like in the majority of them.
Amenities Galore: One thing I love about renting private apartments is the amenities that usually accompany them. Many times these Airbnb apartments come with a pool, jacuzzi, gym, or large balcony with a view. After a day filled with work and tourism, an evening relaxing by the pool or jacuzzi is often lovely. And if you’re traveling quickly, a gym at your apartment is essential – as weekly gym passes are never cheap.
Simplified: Airbnb is simple. You rent the spot and show up. The host is waiting with the keys. You drop your luggage off. And now you’re free to explore the city. It’s that simple. All Airbnb apartments are furnished. You won’t need to go to the store for anything, but groceries upon arrival.
Better Experience:Overall, renting Airbnb apartments offers a better travel experience than most of the alternatives. While some young travelers enjoy hostels, most graduate to Airbnb rentals. Hotel travel can be preferable, but most find the value on Airbnb to always be a better deal.
Renting Airbnb Apartments – Overall
If you’re a traveler, and you’ve haven’t tried out Airbnb – what are you waiting for?! If you’re thinking about taking a trip, I highly recommend Airbnb for lodging. Make sure to look for hosts with reviews and find an ideal location. If you do just that, I’m confident everything else will work out well.