You can search the web and find a wide range of opinions on Airbnb. Some hate the concept while others love it. I’m personally one of the people who swear by it. My new Nomadic lifestyle probably wouldn’t be possible without it.
While hotel stays are nice and often times a luxurious experience, Airbnb affords me the opportunity to have a more local experience, for a longer amount of time at a fairly discounted rate.
“The thing I like most about Airbnb is the variety that it offers me in my travels.”
While hotels have their own particular style and feel, nothing compares to being able to stay in an actual living space of a local.
Often times I’ve gone on city tours and I’d always think to myself, “I wish I could see inside of that house.” I racked my brain once trying to come up with a business model that would allow people like me to cure their curiosity, but I soon realized that staying in Airbnbs along with signing up for a cool concept called WithLocals gave consumers such as myself an opportunity to not only see and experience the home life of locals but to fully immerse ourselves into the culture as a whole.
Most of my Airbnb stays have been entire home rentals, but my upcoming stay in Thailand will actually be in a 3 Bedroom Bed & Breakfast, so I’ll be staying with other travelers for a week.
I love the variety of different set ups and arrangements that Airbnb offers.
My first experience with this model was years ago in New Orleans during The Essence Festival. A friend of mine found the cutest home that had once been a fire station. It still had the original spiral staircase and some of the quirky features from its “former life”.
A group of us were able to split the fee and spend so much less than we would have on a traditional hotel, while being able to meet up in the common area and keep the party going long after we’d left Bourbon Street.
This was one of those pivotal travel moments for me that revealed new possibilities that I didn’t realize were there. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t abandoned hotels, they definitely have their place in my journeys, but Airbnb quenches my thirst for adventure and possible serendipity. Not to mention the fact that when living a nomadic lifestyle, longer stays and more traditional home settings are very important.
Below are some photos of the cutest little micro-apartment that I found via Airbnb while visiting Seattle, WA. It was located in a dorm style building and I had a code that allowed me to enter the main door. When I entered, the first thing I noticed was a community kitchen and table. A continental breakfast was prepared for guests there every morning.
I walked down a small flight of stairs to find my room where I entered another code. It was a seamless transaction and quite impressive for a digital nerd such as myself. I immediately thought about how convenient this was for the owner and how much technology causes us to evolve more and more each day.
It was a tiny room, meticulously decorated, with concrete floors, maybe 250 to 300 square feet. It had a shower and toilet separated by a curtain and the owner left face wipes, soap and lotion for me to use. I quickly noticed a sink, a microwave and a tiny fridge. The twin sized bed was super comfy and for $50 a night I had all the conveniences I needed in the prime location of “Capitol Hill”.
I’m in the process of planning a friend’s “Hen Night” in New Orleans this coming summer and look forward to whatever we find on Airbnb, the uncertainty just leaves room for a different kind of excitement.
If you have been sleeping on Airbnb, let this be your wakeup call. Try it out and when you do, use this link to sign up and get a discount off of your first stay.
If you have your first Airbnb experience as a result of my referral, please let me know. I love to share the love and I want to hear all about it.
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