One of the best things I discovered since I moved to europe is Airbnb. I always liked to travel, and with Airbnb my world got bigger, more beautiful, more creative and more affordable. But then you ask me, what’s this Airbnb stuff anyway?
Airbnb is a website where you can find a place to stay, from tent in the Amazon to an igloo in Finland. At first, Airbnb was the site where people only rented rooms in their home (and that still exists), but the idea was so successful that hosts began to rent whole apartments. The site acts as a social network and all transactions are made directly to the host, without intermediary agents.
I’ve rented an entire apartment in Copacabana beach (Brazil), in Cusco (Peru) and in Fortaleza (Brazil). And the experiences were the best possible. In Rio the host (a Peruvian guy) gave us all possible tips: restaurants, travel agencies, subway. And in Cusco the host (an American woman) was waiting for us with coca tea to ward off the 2ºC temperature (and that was at 11 pm!).
It’s everything very easy. The website give us the location, photos of the property, the option to contact the host to clear your doubts and comments that are left by those who already stayed there.
The whole process is extremely safe and the price is much better than hotels (payment is made by PayPal or credit card), not to mention the friendships I made with the hosts and the tips they gave to me. On the site I already have lists of places you want to stay around the world (including a house boat in Amsterdam, a castle in the UK, a Mongolian yurt in Germany and a Shell house in Mexico).
To sign up for Airbnb you can click on this link and using this link you get a bonus of €35 (or $20) on your first stay anywhere in the world.