Airbnb’s have been popping up all over the world and taken over the hotel industry. It’s my preferred method of travel and saves me thousands of dollars.
Airbnb’s are incredibly affordable, create a more authentic vibe on a trip, and you get a lot more bang for your buck.
During my 5-day St. Louis trip, I spent $250 and rented the most beautiful house that even had a Christmas tree (it was during the holidays). The house was fully equipped with everything I need – toiletries, bath essentials, a kitchen filled with everything I need to cook/bake, and is also dog-friendly with no extra cost.
I’ve used Airbnb in Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Canada, and all over the U.S. Airbnb’s saved me thousands.
1. Cooking at home (or Airbnb, that is)
A major bonus to renting an Airbnb is getting a fully equipped kitchen. Eating out at restaurants and cafes can get incredibly expensive on vacation. Cooking meals at home? That can save hundreds of dollars alone.
Food is a huge part of traveling, so I’m not saying you should cook a meal at home for every single meal. All I’m saving is Airbnb’s give you options.
Most Airbnb kitchens come with any piece of cooking equipment that you’ll need such as pots, blenders, coffee machines, etc. If you’re wondering if an Airbnb has a specific piece of kitchen equipment, all you do is message them.
2. Use my discount
If you’ve never used Airbnb before, take advantage of my discount. The discount ranges from $40-$55 and might be enough to give you your first night free, depending on where you are traveling.
3. Look closely at the cost
Airbnb hosts set their own prices and their own fees. You may see that an Airbnb is listed at $100 per night, but once added cleaning fees come in, it can shoot up to $120 per night.
If you’re getting an Airbnb for only a night, I recommend finding an Airbnb that doesn’t have an outrageous cleaning fee (some fees are $50, even for small spaces).
4. Long-stay discounts
I’ve stayed at several Airbnb’s for 2+ weeks and you get a massive discount for doing so. Weekly and monthly discounts range from 10%-30% off depending on the Airbnb.
If you’re considering staying at an Airbnb for 5 days, it might be a good idea to bump it to 7 and take advantage of the savings.
5. Reserve in advance or last second
If you’re preparing a vacation in advance, booking an Airbnb ahead of time will usually save you money.
If you’re booking a day before your arrival, you may expect to see some savings as well.
6. Snap some photos
When I leave Airbnb’s, I usually take videos and photos of the home before leaving. I personally feel this is necessary because it saves you in case a host tries to pull some funny business by saving you left a mess. If a host thinks you left a huge mess, you may be subjected to an extra fee.
I recommend leaving an Airbnb in the same shape as when you arrived. It’s respectful, kind, and you will get a great review from your host. Yes, hosts can leave you reviews. Get a bad review? Don’t expect to get accepted to most Airbnb’s in the future.
7. Rent a room
Renting a room instead of a full house is a great idea for solo travelers or couples. I once rented a private room in Nice, France, and it was the same price as a hostel, yet offered so much more. The Airbnb host left me with recommendations for the area, free breakfast every morning, and I got to meet new friends.
If you’ve never used Airbnb before, you’re missing out! It’s a great way to travel and see an entirely different side of a city from a local’s perspective.
Have you ever used AirB&B? What was your experience like?
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