Established in 2008, Airbnb has been around for a fair amount of years at this point. However, it wasn’t until mid-2015 that I first used it.
It was a brilliant choice!
To anyone that doesn’t know what Airbnb is, it’s an online platform that allows people to list and rent a huge range of properties all over the world. Accommodation can range from a tent on a rooftop to a Buddhist temple, slick apartments to high-end villas. The Airbnb website and app are easy to use and make searching simple. You can filter dates, prices, location and guest quantity. It also allows you to connect to Facebook, which saves the hassle of registering and can get you potential discounts.
My first Airbnb experience was during the summer of 2015. I stayed with a Japanese man called Yuki in Osaka, Japan. His house was stereotypically Japanese and located in a residential area away from the swarms of tourists. He was a great host—he picked us up from the train station, provided us with food and beverages, and offered loads of help. This experience made a great trip even better. It enabled me to have a more authentic experience by living like a local, with a local.
Apart from a different style of accommodation, Airbnb can also be the cheapest way to sleep while you travel. Many Airbnb prices even beat the travelers’ all-time favorite—the hostel.
I love it, why didn’t I do it sooner?