We had been looking at Airbnb rentals over the past couple years, but it never seemed to pan out. Then summer 2020 came, shutdowns happened, and travel changed for us……maybe forever. After our annual trip up to Michigan, we decided to stop off in Tennessee and Georgia on our way south. This time I was determined to find Airbnb rentals, and I did. We enjoyed our Airbnb trips, and here are 5 reasons to love Airbnb.
Should you book your own stay with Airbnb?
Is Privacy Important When You Travel?
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When it comes to privacy at an Airbnb rental, it shows up in several ways. If you choose a home, you have your own entrance, no lobby or other guests around. With one, or several rooms, family is able to spread out for sleeping, taking naps, getting ready, and down right getting a break from each other. And let’s be honest, sometimes we need a little time to recharge on vacation.
You can even find a home rental with plenty of outdoor privacy. The home we rented in Rome, Georgia had a wood fence. Therefore, we could sit out, feel at home, and not worry about nosey neighbors.
Plus, with all the worry of passing on sickness, or getting sick, you can feel more safe knowing you come in contact with less people.
Multiple Rooms, and Extra Space Are a Perk
Although you can find some small, one room rentals, for the most part, you have the choice of more space with Airbnb. Even with the small, two bedroom home in Rome, Georgia the four of us were able to move around more freely, cook dinner, and sit around the television.
Of course you also have the option of finding a place to accommodate large groups, multiple couples, and families. Perfect for those who travel with extended family, or mult-generation. We’ve been talking about meeting in the middle with family and friends, so home rental is the way to go.
Are You Looking for Unique Travel Experiences?
Staying in an Airbnb means you get to live like a local, if only for even a couple of days. Kind of like staying with family, when your host goes out of their way to make things better for you too. For example, we had some car trouble on our way to Tennessee, so we arrived way late in the night. After letting our host know, he made sure the outdoor, and some indoor, lights were on for us. Love that personal touch.
Since we love living just outside of several quaint historic towns, we are drawn to the appeal of staying away from the hustle and bustle. But also being close enough to explore local attractions. If you don’t mind making short drives to get where you want to spend the day.
In addition, having access to the amenities of an entire home while traveling makes things more cozy. Like being able to relax on a couch, instead of all sitting on beds. Having a table to sit around and play games, or eat a meal. No waking everyone up because you had to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, or laying in bed when everyone else is still asleep.
Does Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck Make You Happy?
In our experience, we found the cost of an Airbnb rental to be just as affordable as a hotel, or in some cases, cheaper. When you take into consideration all the perks above, you would never get the space, privacy, and experience for the price from a hotel.
Save yourself more money by getting groceries, and making some of your own meals. Something else you can’t do in a hotel without a full kitchen.
TIPS: If you are looking at rentals in a larger city, be on the lookout for possible parking fees. And speaking of fees, be sure to pay attention to the cleaning and service fees because they vary, A LOT! This is where it can make or break being more reasonable to stay with Airbnb.
Airbnb Rentals Offer Endless Options
The choices are endless with Airbnb. Hotels are mostly known for being right in the middle of action, and on busy streets. While you can still have this with Airbnb, if you prefer to be away from it all, you have that option. Set your search for price, rooms, location, and more to find exactly what you’re looking to find.
Or maybe even find someplace out of the ordinary to stay, like this converted World War II train car. Which was in the same town we stayed in Tennessee. Just outside of Townsend and Gatlinburg. And yes, I would have booked this if it was available.
You can surely create some of the most unique travel memories through booking with Airbnb. Happy travels, and we hope our 5 reasons to love Airbnb help with planning your next getaway.
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