Discovering Airbnb

I first discovered air BnB through A Cup of Jo in her post about renting houses on vacation, and have been evangelising about it ever since.  It’s an online marketplace for people who have rooms, houses, apartments, castles, eco-pods, treehouses, caravans, etc. to rent out to travellers looking for a place to stay.

It was borne out of San Francico, but  has grown to have worldwide coverage, and it allows travellers to search by the usual dates /location / facilities etc. but also seek inspiration by browsing the curated lists  put together by the folks at AirbnB on themes like ‘Boats on Land‘, ‘Fairytale cottages‘, ‘Homes of Famous Authors

Air BnB is particularly good for finding fantastic value accommodation in cities like New York, Venice and Paris where money doesn’t tend to go very far.  It also allows you to ‘virtually’ nosy around the pads of very stylish people.  And unlike Rightmove or Elle Decor magazine – these aren’t just unattainable bastions of design – they’re real homes you can actually stay in.

picture of geodesic dome

[above and right: the geodesic dome we stayed in, in the woods of Connecticut]

I’ve used it for holidays in Nice, Boston, New England and for upcoming holidays to Venice and Somerset (the Somerset house is particularly special – I’ll be featuring that in a future post).  All my experiences have so far been positive, and it runs on a system of reviews similar to eBay so you can judge whether others have had a good experience before booking.  As well as developing shortlists for each of the places I’ve booked so far, I’ve also been building up fictional wish lists of places I’d love to visit in future and so I’ll be sharing these in upcoming posts.

20131011_090323[the Vermont treehouse apartment we stayed in last October]


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