Last time in Europe was end of summer, from end of Aug to end of September for a month. All the hotels we booked were over $100 per night as an average rate since we didn’t want to be too faraway from city center.
This time we planned to stay in Europe for about 3 months and drive around, which put quite some pressure to find accommodation. One positive thing is we drive, so we have no need to stay in the center of the city, which opens more windows for further options. I tried to search websites to book hotels, but the result was not so appealing. From a TV program, we found out AirBnB, which provides a platform for people who list their own properties to travelers as B & B to earn extra cash, and for travelers to stay in local people’s home – can be private apartment, shared house or even boats… the price sometimes can be half price of the hotel in the same area. The most fascinating thing is you got to see the real local style, where local people live, where they eat, where they talk gossips.
The booking process is not that complicated, we just browsed the well designed website, like you booking hotels, you put in your travel destination, dates, etc. then you can browse the list. See the description, see the host profile and importantly, other guests’ reviews, which proved to be helpful for our decision making. Then you can send some request to the host, confirm the dates, get rid of your doubts then pay.
So far we have been travelling for almost 2 months, 80% of time we stayed at homes from AirBnB hosts & we had great experiences. Although from time to time, we might encounter some problems, such as the address was not too clear, etc. but I could testify the pros are definitely much bigger than cons. Over the time, we also learned a lot how to deal with the hosts, what questions to ask, what should prepare before arrival.
Check out some of the places we stayed –
View from the Balcony, Paris
Rested well allowed us to enjoy the beautiful views in Paris
Our stay in Landshut, not far from Munich
Beautiful View from the hill in Landshut, Germany
Of course we had time to visit Munich for Oktoberfest!!!
The beautiful apartment we stayed in Switzerland
Beautiful Lucerne, Switzerland
One of my favorites in Belgrade, Serbia
Lovely View from our Balcony in Balgrade, Serbia
Amalfi Coast, Italy
We stayed at an older style unit in Minori, Amalfi Coast
Mesmerized in the amazing View of Amalfi Coast
We stayed in the slick unit with lovely view outside Rome - 15 mins train ride to the center
Roman Forum - beautiful beautiful weather
Our travel is continuing, and we already booked some more accommodations with AirBnB hosts. Can’t wait to see more areas and taste of local culture.
If you are planning your next trip, why not give AirBnb a go? You can also be a wonderful host to rend out your unit or room! A of of fun, for sure!