When we planned our trip – first cross-country in the US and then around the world – we had to stay within our budget, so we relied heavily on AirBnB. We just couldn’t afford hotels every night (except in SE Asia). We wanted to cook most of our own meals for an add-on savings and for fewer calories. Hostels might be OK for a night or two, but we wanted to stay for 2 weeks to a month in many of our locations, much longer than a hostel stay.
We discovered that AirBnBs offered us many choices of great stays at a price we could afford. Has it worked? In a word, yes. We’ve now stayed 200 nights at AirBnBs on this trip, and, by the time we get back to the US, we will have stayed 315 nights at locations all around the world. How has it been? See for yourself – with our last (great!) stays.
We always wanted to live in a massive warehouse loft apartment and got our chance in Sydney. This is an AirBnB with truly great hosts; a relaxing roomy place to spread out and enjoy ourselves; set in an ethnic neighborhood with terrific food shops. Click for the AirBnB listing.
Whangaparaoa, New Zealand
Beth was teary when we said farewell to Barbara and Rod, our hosts at the spectacular apartment with views out to Arkles Bay. We’ll remember their beach house as our home-away-from home. Imagine waking up every day to a view of the beautiful sea. Click for the AirBnB listing.
Kudos also goes to the very funky retro pad in St Kilda. Alas, we were so busy checking out all the fun decorative pieces we forgot to take any photos. Dallas, our host, was warm and welcoming and the location couldn’t have been better. Click for the AirBnB listing.
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Judith, our host, had the best-equipped AirBnB we’ve ever stayed in. Her decoration alone made the cottage worth the stay. Click for the AirBnB listing.
For success finding a place on AirBnB, we studied the listings carefully. We eliminated at the very beginning all listings that didn’t have the highest ratings, weren’t in a great location for us, didn’t have wifi, and were over the top end of our price range. Then we analyzed them for amenities. Laundry included? TV? Breakfast? Shops nearby?
We know our around the world trip would have been shorter and certainly not as good without AirBnB. We enjoyed meeting wonderful hosts, staying in interesting neighborhoods, and sleeping well in our little homes-away-from-home.