With so many travel apps available today, it can be hard to figure out which ones are worth using, and which ones are a waste of precious space on your phone or other device. Yet, there is one that has effectively demonstrated its effectiveness, it’s called Airbnb. Also available online, Airbnb can help you find a place to stay, regardless of which part of the world you are traveling.
Since it was founded in 2008, the company has helped match travelers to welcoming hosts all over the globe. Accommodations are available in most major cities, as well as in more rural areas. Airbnb is quite easy to use, allowing travelers to search through a variety of preferred parameters in order to find the perfect place to stay. These parameters include, but are not limited to: price ranges, number of beds needed, local amenities, accommodations, and renting a single room or an entire house.
For travelers who may be leery of staying in another person’s house, Airbnb has taken the time to research and develop a good system that ensures travelers’ expectations are met, and that they are comfortable in a home away from home. The review system is especially helpful; cautious travelers can use reviews as a guide to reassure them that their preferred places are legitimate and as advertised. Hosts cannot edit these reviews or pay for positive ones; so travelers can be assured that reviews are honest.
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One great advantage of using Airbnb is that- if you prefer trendy hot-spots, best kept secrets, or the quiet beauty and wonder of nature- you can often rent places in cool parts of cities, or small tranquil towns, that are often unknown to tourists. You can live among the locals and find all the best shops and restaurants that may be off the beaten path. Most hosts are very gracious and willing to help their guests as they are usually more familiar with the local scene than hotel concierges.
Another fantastic benefit is price. Booking through Airbnb is often significantly cheaper than a hotel. You can add even more savings if you rent a unit with a kitchen or laundry room; such accommodations can be used to alleviate incidental expenses that occur during your trip.
Airbnb boasts many happy customers, and for good reason; it offers an affordable alternative to expensive hotels, while allowing travelers to truly experience the local culture.