The first time I used AirBnb was over two years ago. I was going to Barcelona to meet a friend and found the perfect room in a flat that was only five minutes away from La Rambla, which is the famous street with lots of artists and stalls. My friend was staying in the same area, but when he found out how much I was paying, he just couldn’t believe it!
His hotel room was nearly €70, while my fiancée and I were paying just over €30 — a bargain!
Since then I have used it several times and I just love it! It’s kind of a mix between Couchsurfing and a hostel or cheap hotel. You have the experience of staying at a home away from home — sometimes getting the whole place for yourself — and you can also book your room without worrying about the unreliability of Couchsurfing.
If you have never used Airbnb, you should seriously consider it and I’ll tell you why:
1. It’s a Home, Not a Hotel
You know when you rent a cottage in the woods and have access to all the amenities like a fully equipped kitchen, a washing machine or even a nice lounge to watch a movie? Now imagine doing that in the middle of Barcelona, for instance!
If one evening you don’t feel like going to a restaurant and fancy your own homemade food, it’s not a problem, you just buy the ingredients and cook at home! Got a bag of dirty clothes? No worries, many places have washing powder and fabric conditioner at your disposal.
As much as I like some hotels and hostels, nothing beats the feel of just being home.