What is AirBnB and Why I Use them.
Ever since I was a kid, the excitement of staying in a new place, even for a couple of days, was an adventure. Hotels were cool. But getting to stay in another persons house (usually a relative or family friend) was almost like a look into another world. Their choice in furniture. The decorations on the walls. Seeing life from someone else’s perspective helped teach me to see outside my own little bubble.
When traveling on the open road today, other than camping or staying with friends/family, there are really two main options for accommodations. Since the mid-18th century, hotels have been the staple of nightly sleepovers away from home. However, in 1995 a company called VRBO changed the future of travel stays. They introduced the first home share option.
What is Home Share?
A home share is just that. People around the world rent out rooms to travelers at a great discount. In some instances, the hosts will rent out the entire house. Heck, I’ve seen people renting tree houses and ‘glamping’ tents. Yeah, I had to look that one up. But honestly, how great would it be to stay in a tree house?!
Even though VRBO began the home share niche, AirBnB has definitely become the leader of the pack. I believe there are a couple reasons for this. One is their marketing. Between social media and word of mouth, someone is talking about them. Second, they began offering much more than just home shares.
When you go to the AirBnB website you’ll see one of the search options at the top says “Experiences”. Here you can type in your destination and dates and the site will give you a list of things to do and places to see all based on actual suggestions from the superhosts that live in those areas. Heck, I’ve even seen local quilt shops listed!
Save money by cooking at ‘home’
One of the things that can make traveling so expensive is constantly eating out. It’s really one of the differences between a ‘traveler’ and a vacationer‘. Who says we have to eat out for every meal? Do you eat out every day at home?
With nearly every AirBnB rental (possibly excluding those ‘glamping tents’) you’ll have your own kitchen to cook your own meals. I like to plan a few easy meals and make left overs to take with me on my travels. That way lunch and dinner are done. Plus, it leaves more money for fabric!!
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Room to spread out when working on quilt projects at night.
I don’t know about you but I love to sit back at night and work on a quilting project. Especially when I’m on the road and just want to relax, a quilt or craft project is the perfect ending to a great day of traveling.
However, how easy is it to work on those great projects in a hotel room? The only room to spread out is on the bed or the floor and, oh my back hurts just thinking about it. Instead, when looking for an AirBnB, I always make sure it has some sort of good size table to sit and work on. Or, at the very least a comfy couch so I can watch a little ‘Netflix and chill.’
All in all, life is always an adventure. Whether you’re staying in a grand hotel resort in Las Vegas or a little tree house AirBnB in the Carolina mountains, life is what you make it. So why not save a little money and stay comfortably.
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