What to say when your friends can’t host you in their cramped New York apartment? No worries, I’ll find a room on Airbnb.
Not only is Airbnb affordable, it provides users with pictures, location, host reviews and the ability to communicate with the host.
It’s a strange concept to stay with people you’ve never met, but isn’t traveling supposed to be an adventure anyways? Maybe it’s a generational thing.
Here’s how it works:
- Select the dates you’re traveling
- Choose a neighborhood within the city
- Choose a price range
- Choose single room or entire apartment. You have the option of renting an entire apartment or home.
- Scroll through available rooms/homes. I recommend looking for rooms with professional photography. To me, those apartments or homes seem more legitimate. Read the reviews.
- Message the host and tell them about yourself. As much as you don’t want to stay with a weirdo, they don’t want a weirdo staying with them.
- Some hosts charge a cleaning fee – this is a good thing.
- Submit your payment. They can decline you if they don’t think it’s a good fit.
This is such an easy way to travel on a budget. You can easily save $150-$300 A NIGHT just by booking with Airbnb. Although more effort goes into the initial search, it’s well worth it.
You have the opportunity to stay in cool areas, to ask your local host for recommendations and to check-in/check-out with more flexibility. The value for the price can be better than some hotels.
We had an enjoyable experience while traveling in San Francisco.
Here’s a look at our host’s apartment.
If anything, an Airbnb experience will definitely add another little story to your travel adventures.