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Traveling allows us to see different parts of the world that we may never have the opportunity to see. When it comes to traveling though, it can be expensive, impersonal, even impractical if you choose to stay in hotels every night. Hotels are most people’s go to lodging choices since they’re so easy to find online and there are many locations that have a multitude of hotel options to pick from.


While hotels are arguably simple to book and find, there is another option that is rarely thought about by most travellers, and that is Airbnb. Airbnb allows any homeowner to rent out their space for a night, week, or even a matter of months. Right off the bat, some people may immediately be turned off by the idea of staying in someone else’s home but it offers a very unique experience, rather than a routine stay in a hotel room.


Beyond being original, staying with Airbnb also gives you an opportunity to be a part of the community, rather than just stay in the city you’re visiting. Hotels are rarely found in actual neighborhoods of the areas you visit and you will most likely feel like a tourist throughout your stay. If you’re staying in an Airbnb though, you’re likely to feel more immersed in the area and less like a tourist. For this reason, staying in Airbnb is especially helpful if you’re thinking of moving one day to the area you’re traveling in.


Staying in an Airbnb apartment or home is certainly a better choice if you’re traveling for a longer time period. For anyone who has spent a considerable amount of time at one hotel room, it can be stifling after a matter of weeks. Unless you stay in a room that has a kitchenette, it’s likely you’ll need to order take out or visit restaurants quite often. If you stay in an actual apartment or house though, you’ll be able to buy fresh food and prepare it yourself for a fraction of the cost. For this reason, Airbnb is an excellent option for larger groups and those that want to try their hand at cooking the local cuisine.


There’s no doubt that hotels aren’t going away anytime soon, but for your next long holiday consider checking out the unique lodging available on Airbnb’s website.