Travel Like a Local with Airbnb.com

issue: how to create non-tourist experiences when you travel

Although we love a well appointed hotel, the drawbacks often include no kitchen, no comfortable sitting room and limited locations. It only took hearing about airbnb.com once to drive us to their site. Staying in properties around the world that had been out-of-reach before is pretty appealing. Wouldn't it be cool to stay in an apartment in Florence, Italy instead of a hotel? We could pick up food at the market and not only live like locals but eat like locals too. Take a cooking class and then stop at the local market on the way back to your airbnb pad and impress your fellow travelers with your newly acquired, local, culinary chops.

So as trips come up in our lives now we often explore airbnb first and here is why.

  1. The opportunity to live like a local.
  2. Cost effective for families.
  3. A kitchen or access to one!
  4. Explore neighborhoods to live in the middle of the city you want to see.
  5. Your host will give you locals only tips for your area.
  6. Your protected. The host won't get paid until 24 hours after your arrival.
  7. Real traveler reviews for that home.

This video showcases how to navigate airbnb.com easily to find not only great lodging but locations you may never have considered before. Want to stay in a windmill or a treehouse? You can discover these hackilicious homes by adding those keywords to your filters or by browsing airbnb.com's curated picks. 

A recent article at TechCrunch talks about how airbnb is trying out in a few markets the option to add services to your booking. Your host may be able to offer Italian cooking lessons, or an insiders guide to the neighborhood you are staying at. Loving new experiences as much as we do I'm sure to keep an eye out for this the next time I book a vacation rental on airbnb.

Also, airbnb is introducing the Super Host designation. This award really allows the cream to rise to the top for the best of the best hosts. We are friends with Shelby — one of the first superhosts to be crowned — in Portland's Hillsdale neighborhood. If you need a peaceful, sweet lil' home base in Portland you should contact her to rent her 'Room With A View'.

Happy traveling.