Hi friends! It’s been a minute since i’ve written anything. Sorry about that! Life has been crazy. (Also, i’m not affiliated with Air BnB whatsoever.)
Chris and I are currently finishing up our week in California and it has been fantastic. We have recently been opting to use Air BnB over our typical hotel stays. We’ve had great experiences and we’ve had some not so great experiences. I figured I would share some tips and help you find the perfect travel home!
Tip #1 – THE PRICE. Air BnB is pretty cheap. Chris and I don’t feel guilty splurging on adventures and extras during our trip because we are barely paying anything for our lodging. Now, if your parents were like mine, you know you get what you pay for. Air BnB has a lot of options. You can pay more for a private place, without other people (my preference) or you can pay less for a private room in someone’s home. The private room is Chris’ favorite way to travel because: A. It’s so much cheaper (we generally pay about $45-$55 a night in California) and B. He gets to meet new people. A private room for 2 people is actually perfect, especially if you are taking a quick trip. Make sure you find one that specifies that is has a private bathroom. Majority have shared bathrooms and I personally hate having to wait on random strangers to shower. If you look hard enough, you have find private apartments for a pretty great price. Always compare to hotel prices in your area as well. It makes you feel great about your purchase.
Tip #2 – KNOW THE AREA. Air BnB doesn’t usually give you the actual address of the place until after you book it. So make sure you check out the map view of the area to make sure it’s worth the stay. Sometimes you will find a great place, but it’s quite the drive to wherever you are going for the day. For example, our second Air BnB we booked was roughly 30 minutes to majority of the destinations we were wanting to visit. It was perfect. Our last Air BnB is about an hour from what we want to do, and with California traffic, it’s of course a little longer. That was my bad on booking. But utilize the location and become a planner. It makes everything go so much smoother!
Tip #3 – REVIEWS ARE EVERYTHING. Read the reviews. Scour through them. It may seem tedious but Air BnB has a great review system/program. You are able to review and the host is also able to review you as a guest. So there are a lot of reviews to read through to make sure you are getting what you want out of your stay. That being said, make sure you are a great guest too. As long as you are quiet and clean, you can get great reviews, making it easier to book Air BnB’s too. A lot of people think it’s just like a hotel when booking, but hosts can actually decline your request to book. It’s the GOLDEN RULE! Treat others how you want to be treated. 😉
Tip #4 – TALK TO LOCALS. Until last month, Chris hadn’t even been to California. So of course we had to go. He picked the Air BnB and we ended up in a private room with a shared bathroom 1 mile away from Disneyland. I wasn’t excited to share a house, but it ended up being the greatest experience. Chris and the hosts just clicked. Through talking with them, we were able to learn about so many hole-in-the-wall places for food and adventure. I’ve been to California multiple times and that was still my favorite trip. We ate so much good food and saw a lot of cool places because of the host’s recommendations. She even sent us home with a bag of lemons from her lemon tree. Such a sweet lady! Chris also does this thing where he likes to network and talk to every human being. So anytime we went out to eat, he would learn what to try and what not to try, where to go next, etc. Get out there and learn from the people who know it best.
Tip #5 – KEEP AN OPEN MIND. Air BnB is different. I’m used to hotels, continental breakfast, and swimming pools. I had a hard time transitioning to Air BnB. But it’s honestly been the greatest thing. There are sooo many different options and you save so much money. We are able to do way more on our trips without stressing about money the whole time because we are saving money. Sometimes, you will arrive and it won’t look exactly like the picture entails. Sometimes, you will have a bad experience. That’s why you utilize reviews and plan ahead! Travel for the experience, not for the materials.
I ALMOST FORGOT. Air BnB has pretty strict cancellation policies and you typically can’t get a refund unless it’s cancelled a week in advance. So make sure you plan ahead and know where you want to stay! The app is super simple and easy to use. They also give you a lot of information too.
Long story short, Air BnB is a great tool and asset for travel. I hope these tips were somewhat helpful. Comment or email me and let me know if this article was helpful! Let me know what you’ve experienced so I can add to it!