Although traveling is still expensive, with more resources out there, traveling is becoming easier and more convenient. Apps like Uber make getting around a new (or old!) city cheaper and easier than ever before and Postmates brings a new meaning to delivery take out. One of the most crucial parts of traveling is finding a place to stay and sometimes a five star hotel isn’t in the budget, but thanks to Airbnb, finding a place to stay is now cheaper, easier, and more convenient.
When you first decide that you are interested in using Airbnb during your upcoming travels, there are a couple things you are going to want to take into consideration.
WHO WILL YOU BE TRAVELING WITH?
There are so many options on Airbnb when it comes to finding the right space for you. But, first knowing whether you will be traveling alone, with a few close friends, or with a group of people will help narrow down your search (you can choose between the entire home, a private room, or a shared room!).
When I was in Houston this past week, I opted to utilize Airbnb for two out of the four nights that I was in HTX. The space I was in was two bedrooms, two and a half baths with a balcony area, rooftop deck, and plenty of space for more than just one person. It was such a great experience to use Airbnb, but I personally prefer staying in hotels when I’m traveling alone. But, I will be utilizing Airbnb for group travel in the future!
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READ THE REVIEWS
You wouldn’t buy a new laptop, pair of shoes, or makeup without reading the reviews, right? The whole Airbnb process can be a worrisome because you are literally renting a house/apartment/room from a complete stranger via the Internet. By reading the reviews for the properties, you can get an idea of what is legitimate and what isn’t.
Like the rest of the Internet, there are trolls out there so sometimes you’ll see random, nasty reviews about properties but as long as the large majority of them are pleasant, don’t fret! Reach out to the owners and ask the difficult questions if it makes you feel better!
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Where are you going and what do you want to do while you’re there? Make out a list of places you want to see and visit when you’re in the place you are traveling to. Are there restaurants you want to eat at? Museums you want to visit? Booking an Airbnb in the general location of where you will be spending most of your time will lighten transportation and car rentals fees by a lot! When are on Airbnb and type in where you are going, a map will be shown so you can zoom in on specific areas and neighborhoods in the area you are visiting! This is a great tool and I highly suggest utilizing it instead of just choosing a place to stay on how the place looks.
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Have you ever traveled and utilized Airbnb? What are your thoughts on it?