Why I Love Using Airbnb
One of the most important parts of planning my trips are finding a place to stay. Depending on what kind of trip I’m planning, hotels aren’t always the best choice. If I know I’d be spending most of my time out and exploring I wouldn’t want to splurge on a fancy hotel room. If I’m going on a longer trip, I’d want a kitchen to cook some of my meals. I’ve used Airbnbs in multiple cities: New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, etc. Each time I had a great experience!
Our chic Airbnb living room in Boston, Massachusetts
Airbnb is often cheaper than hotels depending on when and where you’re traveling; you have to consider the time of year you are traveling, how many people you are traveling with, and sometimes what city you are traveling to. Some major cities have super expensive hotels and Airbnb often gives you more for your money. Depending on how many people you’re traveling with, Airbnbs can be more accommodating. When I traveled to Chicago and had a group of 6 people, it was cheaper to stay in a studio apartment with 2 beds and a pullout couch vs paying for multiple hotel rooms.
I find Airbnb to be an excellent option because you can always find what you are looking for. You can find private rooms, studio apartments, entire apartments, and entire homes. I can 99% guarantee you that there will always be a listing available to fit your needs.
Private zen cottage in Oakland, California
I also love Airbnb because you can live like a local! When you see Airbnb ads that say “belong anywhere,” I actually feel like I can! I live in the suburbs of San Diego and before Postmates and UberEATS existed, I couldn’t get any food delivered to my house except for pizza. But I thought it was fun and enjoyed ordering Chinese food delivered to my NYC Airbnb because that wasn’t something I could do at home.
Airbnb also allows to you meet such awesome hosts. A lot of my previous hosts have left snacks and beverages for you. I know that some even cook meals for their guests!
Lastly, I love that there are such interesting and unique listings. I see places likes yurts, tree houses, and boathouses that I would love to stay in if the chance comes up. But I’ve also stay at places that come with awesome features that I wasn’t necessarily looking for (rooftop access and a downstairs game room).
Downstairs game room in Chicago, Illinois (Photo courtesy of Airbnb)
Fun loft bed & my handsome boyfriend at our Airbnb in Washington, D.C.
The only hiccup that I’ve had with Airbnb was once when I was accepted to stay in a gorgeous house in Big Sur, but had the host cancel because she was selling her home. This of course was inconvenient but if a host cancels it will always show up on their profile/reviews so that other users can see that. Other than that incident, I’ve loved each Airbnb that I’ve stayed in.
Tips on How to Use Airbnb
1) Type in the dates of your trip and number of guests. It’s important to add the dates of your trip because listings that aren’t available those dates won’t show up in your search results. You don’t want to find a listing that you love and find out that it isn’t even available for your trip.
2) Specify the room type you are looking for (private room, entire place, entire home)
3) Price range: I always have a budget when traveling and usually always find something I like within my budget.
4) Utilize other filters: There are more filters you can use to narrow your search such as # of beds. You can filter certain amenities (wifi, TV, ironing board), facility (pool, gym) etc. The filter I use the most is neighborhood. If I wanted to stay in an Airbnb in New York, I can filter to stay in Brooklyn. But you can also narrow your search even more… what part of Brooklyn? Clinton hill? Williamsburg? Bed Stuy?
5) Next, browse through the results that come up and add the listings that you love to your wishlist. I like to have at least 3-5 spaces that I love.
6) Read reviews and make sure you love the location, host, amenities, etc.
7) Message the host to double check that the listing is available.
8) Once you get accepted, plan your check-in and check-out time.
Airbnb is so user friendly and I definitely recommend it to all travelers! If you have any questions, feel free to ask me. Happy traveling!
**Note: This blog post is not sponsored by Airbnb.
Until next time,
-Kathleen G, RD