The rapid advancement of technology has impacted many aspects of travel. One area in particular that has changed is where travelers can stay.
No longer are hotels the only option for places to stay. Technology has made websites like Airbnb possible. And with this possibility comes the option of staying in someone’s apartment or house, instead of staying in a hotel.
While staying in someone else’s residence may seem like an absurd idea at first, it actually can make a lot of sense. Here’s why.
1. It Can Be Cheaper
There is of course no guarantee that using a website like Airbnb is cheaper than a hotel. However, some people do offer very reasonable prices for you to stay in their homes, making them cheaper than a hotel room at times.
2. You Have More Perks
While hotel rooms are often comfortable and provide a suitable bed, TV, bathroom, and sufficient drawer space, an apartment or house has much more.
First, a full kitchen. While is may not mean much if you are only traveling for one or two days, this can be a great addition when staying places for a longer period of time. My family stayed in an apartment for a week in Paris this past winter (see photos below). We picked up some basic groceries on the first day, and just having the option of eating breakfast at home every once in a while was a nice change of pace from having to eat every meal out.
Besides a kitchen, small things like multiple bathrooms and showers, or a washer and dryer in the home, can be surprisingly useful and convenient.
3. New Experiences Await
Staying in someone else’s home leaves you without a concierge or other services a hotel may offer. This almost forces you to go out and explore the area around you on your own. This can lead to experiences you never would have had had you stayed in a hotel, such as finding different restaurants or shops.
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
While considering staying in an apartment or house instead of a hotel may be a great idea, there are a few things to be aware of in terms of safety. On Airbnb or other websites you can check out reviews of the owner of the residence you are looking at, which is certainly something worth doing. In addition, you should research the area you are in to ensure it is safe.