Are you already part of the biggest sharing platform in the world? Joining Airbnb might not only be a good decision financially but also an opportunity to see the world from a different perspective. It is a community marketplace that allows people to book privately owned accommodations around the world.
It offers a platform on which hosts and guests can connect and find out if they want to commit to a booking or not by reviewing each other. The platform offers multiple advantages compared to other lodging possibilities and here are a few of them. We break down 7 brilliant reasons why you should use Airbnb as a female traveler.
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Easy to use
Airbnb’s booking system is extremely easy. It’s similar to signing up on a social media platform and can be accessed through Facebook. Once you signup and create an account, you upload a picture and go through the verification process. All that is to ensure that you are a real person that people can contact.
The more you fill out and verify, the easier it is for future hosts to trust you and invite you to stay with them. Remember that the sharing economy is a two-way street and that hosts are just as afraid of weird guest as you are of a weird host.
After you have registered your account successfully you can pretty much immediately start browsing for stays. Choose your travel dates, your destination and indicate the number of people that are traveling and start scrolling. Once you like a place, you can contact the host and ask questions. If you are not sure it is always good to check out the reviews other travelers left.
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You save money
Ok, let’s be real. Airbnb does not include the same services as a hotel. There is no concierge, room service or 24-hour gym. However, that’s exactly why it offers much lower rates in most European cities.
On Airbnb, you can easily find rooms that range from $15-$35 a night. And a lot of these listings are close to all important sights and activities in your destination. That is a big difference to the average price of a hotel room, which is between $51 and $65 a night. No, ma’am!
So yea, Airbnb provides more privacy than a hostel but is cheaper than a hotel. WIN!
And the best thing. Larger groups or families can rent out entire apartments/houses and save lots of money that way.
Meet someone new
As a female traveler, you are often told not to trust everyone and have your guard up. And yes, to a certain extent that is right. Choose wisely who you stay with (females only/ couples/ families) and communicate to them before your arrival to make sure you feel comfortable.
However, people that choose to open up their home to strangers, are most of the time very open minded and outgoing themselves. They will do their best to ensure that you have a great experience by providing useful tips and information regarding the destination.
Sometimes they will even offer to act as a personal guide and accompany you to some sights or show you the local restaurants and bars. So I say be open and willing to connect with your host, otherwise, you might miss out on a unique and fulfilling experience.
Learn a language/ about a culture
If your answer was yes, then I like you just a little more. If it was no, then shame on you. Just joking…not really… but nevermind.
With Airbnb, you have the great advantage to learn from locals first hand. You might share meals, listen to authentic music and get a glimpse of their everyday lives. You full emerge into the culture and have more memories to share afterward.
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Home away from home
One of my favorite reasons why you should use Airbnb as a female traveler is that a nice Airbnb includes a personal touch.
The majority of Airbnb apartments are actual homes where people live. They contain their personal belongings like family photographs and their favorite books and CD’s (Yes I’m an 80’s babe and still own a few CD’s lol).
It’s not a lifeless room with brown curtains and an ugly rug.
It’s an intimate part of your hosts living space that she chose to share. You are invited into that person’s life and get experience the city from their perspective. You adopt a daily routine that includes strolling down small streets and using public transport. And the longer you stay the more you feel like you live there instead of just vacationing.
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Live like a local
That brings me to the next point. When you search for a hotel or hostel a lot of times you choose the ones that are located close to tourist attractions, right? That means you only see the ‘polished’ parts of the city.
However, if you really want to emerge into a culture staying at an Airbnb with real neighbors and a grocery store around the corner is perfect. Because you get to live like a local and become part of the neighborhood. That’s when you transition from being a tourist to being a traveler.
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If you choose to rent an entire home to yourself, you are ensured total privacy. The owner will most of the time meet you on arrival and won’t be back until you leave.
This gives you the freedom to jump around in your underwear when you wake up in the morning. Or allows you to sleep in after a long night out without wondering whether the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign is on the door handle or not.
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