Choosing the right place to stay during a trip or a long stop over is always a bit tricky, especially if you are on a budget and if you are a bit picky about the environment you want to live in.
We discovered airbnb about a year ago and thought we would try it out for our stay in Florida over Februay and March 2015. For starters, North America is a hell of a lot more expensive when you arrive there after backpacking through South East Asia.
So to save money and have more of our own space rather than being cramped in a hostel or hotel room we found a large villa in Bradenton on the Gulf coast of Florida, about 40 minutes south of Tampa.
We were nervous about staying in someone else’s home and living with strangers, but once we arrived and introduced ourselves we settled in quickly.
The house was massive and we were given our own separate living area with a double bedroom, private bathroom and dressing room. As well as access to the kitchen facilities, swimming pool, dock and BBQ.
We hardly saw the owners who were living there throughout our stay and had most evenings to ourself to relax, have a few drinks and make good use of the tree house, sitting down by the dock and jump in the pool.
Although this didn’t save us any money by choosing this particular property, it didn’t cost us any more than it would if we ended up locked in a gloomy hotel room with a window view of a parking lot.
We are hooked on staying at an airbnb and now have two more places booked for Canada and New York to enjoy in the coming months. Using air bnb in New York has certainly saved us money! We have an apartment in Lower East Village for $100 a night, which is much cheaper than the usual $250 for a standard hotel.
By Alan Bogle.