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Why We Airbnb

We are up to our elbows now in our plans for our upcoming world tour, and not a day goes by that I am not on my Airbnb account searching, planning and booking.  The first leg of our trip has us traveling for about 18 months before a return to the United States. And if we are still excited about it, the second leg of the trip has us going out for another year.

So this is why we are choosing to live during our travels, nearly exclusively, in Airbnb homes – hotels would not only be dull and boring, but cost prohibitive.

If you haven’t stayed in an Airbnb yet let me briefly explain.  Most Airbnb locations are fully furnished apartments, lofts, houses or bungalows.  You can choose to Airbnb in a full house or apartment or rent just a room in someone’s dwelling.  Our experiences so far have all been privately owned locations, that are either full-time Airbnb or sometimes someone’s full home or apartment, with the owner moving out while you stay.IMG_2306

Sounds weird to some people but it is actually really great – fully stocked kitchen, bath and bedrooms, often a great outdoor space or deck.  Just bring your luggage and it’s just like home.

Right now as I write this I am sitting on the patio in the back garden of an Airbnb in Sacramento.  This small little home is ours for a full week.  It has a great kitchen two bedrooms, one bath and this outdoor space.  It has free WiFi. It also has off street parking, which in Sacramento is a bonus. It is just one block from the apartment our son lives in.  Guess what?  I am paying $79 a night.  Oh and the owner has chickens and brought us fresh eggs this morning.

Never had that at a hotel.

We have stayed in half a dozen Airbnb’s since we discovered it in 2013 and currently I have IMG_3413bookings at four more in the months ahead.  I haven’t yet booked in Thailand (our first stop on our world tour), but only because there are so many choices I just cannot decide!

In the past we have stayed in a basement apartment where the owner lived upstairs in Eastlake.  We have stayed in a condo that the owner keeps for when she is in town in Seattle. We have stayed in a renovated boulangerie in Paris. We have stayed in a AirStream trailer in Bend.  Next month we are staying in an ocean side condo in Kona, and in August we are staying in a loft space in London.

People often ask me how we can afford to travel as much as we do.  Or they assume we have more money than we do because we travel so much.  But the reality is we travel very inexpensively.  We like to eat, but don’t dine expensively when we travel (well maybe one expensive meal now and then) and we don’t spend a fortune on hotels.  We just don’t.  Our priorities are such that we want to stretch our travel dollar, and we do that by making good economic choices as we go. Airbnb fits that philosophy.

Travel isn’t for everyone, and our upcoming vagabond lifestyle is certainly not for everyone.  But we think, on a temporary basis, it’s definitely for us.  And thanks to Airbnb, we can make it affordable and comfortable at the same time.

Want to know more about our Airbnb experiences?  Send me a message.

And Go. Be. Fabulous.

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  • Reply Melissa Ryther

    I love the AirBNB concept and hope to use it this summer. My only question/concern: we live in a neighborhood with an HOA that prohibits renting for less than 6 months at a time. When people try to rent their home out as an Airbnb, the renter may get a chilly reception from the neighbors. Do you know if the Airbnb organization checks that stuff out? Like zoning? I just don’t want to get in that situation where I, as a renter, am in violation.
    Am realizing that some places we stayed in on past vacations we were probably breaking some rule and that’s why the neighbors were so cool towards us.

    May 18, 2016 at 3:33 am
    • Reply Laureen

      Here is what I know – it is the responsibility of the person renting their property to both be within any zoning or HOA codes as well as have insurance coverage. That said, I have no doubt some of them do not. Best thing to do is to ask either the person you are booking with or ask Airbnb themselves.

      May 18, 2016 at 3:36 am
  • Reply Dina

    I appreciate this post! I am going to look into San Diego for Ocean Beach!

    May 18, 2016 at 3:42 pm
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