Traveling with Airbnb

We use Airbnb for every trip, big and small, but I am astounded by how many people are afraid to try Airbnb! Here are a few tips to ensure you have an awesome trip with Airbnb!

Cost Effective

Airbnb is cost effective, no matter how you look at it. I rent entire houses and apartments for less than $100 a night. All of the houses I have ever stayed at through Airbnb have been nothing short of incredible. For example, my husband and I have booked a trip to Washington DC for 4 days, and an entire apartment with a kitchen, washing machine, and dryer will cost us $300. A hotel room with far fewer amenities was going to cost us $500.

Not only will you save money on your room, but you almost always have access to a full kitchen, saving you money on breakfast and occasional lunches. If you have picky children, this kitchen is a life saver. Most of the time, Airbnb hosts give guest snacks and breakfast foods, too!

Privacy

I love the privacy of an Airbnb. No one can hear you laughing late at night, and you don’t have to worry about having the TV up to loud. You can even have friends over without disrupting any other guests. That being said, be sure you are always respectful of the host’s house. Because you aren’t staying in a hotel, it is important to be extra courteous about household appliances and furniture.

Some people have had concerns, though, and I understand. One of the most common questions I get is, “what if someone is watching me while I shower?” To that, I respond, “then I feel sorry for them!” In all seriousness, anyone could be watching you anywhere you go, even in a hotel.

Cozier Experience

Airbnb’s really make any vacation feel extravagant. A real perk is how comfy the houses and apartments are. It feels like a home away from home, and for me, that makes all the difference.

Free Parking

Most Airbnb offer free parking when you book a house or room. If you’re traveling to a busy area, like New York, free parking is a delicacy. Some hotels don’t even offer free parking!

Rent a Room

If you don’t need an entire house, you can rent a single room. Though I have never done this, several of my teacher coworkers have rented rooms on their summer road trips. You can even opt to share a room with another person to get by for almost nothing! You can rent a room for only $30 a night and sometimes even less.

Great for Big Families

This is a REAL Airbnb Listing for $80 a night. Link below.

Hotel Rooms only allow for two queen beds. If you have more than 4 people to accommodate, you will need more space. Even if you pack everyone on the floor, your trip will be miserable. Airbnbs allow 8 or more guests for around the same price as a hotel room. Here is an example: A Florida house, 35 minutes from Disney, with 5 beds, and 2 bathrooms for $80 a night.

Go Anywhere with Airbnb

Airbnb is world-wide, so you can book a room anywhere!

Experiences

Airbnb has an “Experiences” resource that is incredible! Once you book your stay, the website will suggest things to do while on your trip. We have had some really fun times using the “Experiences” suggestions. We went on a haunted ghost tour for $30, and have the time of our lives! I highly recommend taking advantage of these tools.

Reviews

Reviews are a great way to see what you’re getting yourself into. If a house has poor reviews, or no reviews at all, do not stay there. I avoid homes without reviews the most.

Highly reviewed and experienced hosts get what a “Plus” status. If a host is considered a “Plus” host, they have been verified as a trustworthy host by Airbnb. All hosts must go through extensive verification before being accepted, but I prefer to stay with “Plus” hosts. They are not more expensive that regular hosts, either.

If you are interested in traveling through Airbnb, use my link to get $40 off your first trip of $75 or more.

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12 Days of Christmas: Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas Everyone Will Love

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I try to buy Christmas gifts ahead of time, but sometimes I procrastinate! If you are like me, you will like this list. These gifts are awesome stocking stuffers or last minute gift ideas!

All of these products are under $20!

Iphone Adapter

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This adapter will allow iPhone users to listen to music and charge their phones at the same time. It will be making it’s way into my husband’s stocking!

You can get this for $12!

USB Mug Warmer

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I want this so bad! My coffee gets cold after 30 minutes, and I get tired of running back and forth to the microwave with my coffee!

It is like a candle warmer, but it is safe for your mugs. This would be excellent for anyone that works at a desk, like me!

You can get this for $9!

Emergency Paracord Bracelet

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This set of two Paracord Bracelets is perfect for anyone that likes camping, hiking, or other outdoor activities. It is also fashionable!

The bracelet itself is a strong cord that can be used in emergency situations. It also comes with a small compass, a flint fire starter, and a whistle.

You can get this for $9!

Iphone Lens

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This iPhone Camera Lens is one that I just ordered myself! It is a lens that attaches to your iPhone camera to make your iPhone images look more professional!

Most items like this product are over $100, so this is a good way to test a product before you spend tons of money on it!

Keep your eyes peeled for a product review on this item in a few weeks!

You can get this for $10!

Essential Oil Defuser

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Guys, I bought this Essential Oil Defuser a few months ago, and I love it. It holds more water than the smaller version I have had for a long time, making it easier to turn it on and forget it. It lights up, but you can also choose to turn off the light or set a specific color, and it has an elegant look that gets me tons of complements!

This would make an incredible Christmas present! You can get one for $20!

2 Pack Tent Light

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This Tent Light is awesome for anyone that likes camping, but would like to stay awake past 8 PM! Sure, there are some of you awesome people that can start a fire easily and use that for light, but for us, we need a little help.

We have tried using battery powered Christmas Lights in our tent, but it doesn’t hold a candle to this! It would make a great stocking stuffer.

You can get this for $6!

Inverted Umbrella

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We’ve all had our umbrellas turn in on us, which can be a bummer in the middle of a rain storm, but this Inverted Umbrella design is supposed to eliminate that issue. The design is also supposed to help an umbrella dry without soaking everything around it.

It is roughly the same price as an average umbrella, so it is worth the investment! You can get this for $13!

I hope you find these gift ideas useful! Some of them have made their way into my shopping cart, and all of them will arrive before Christmas!