6 things I liked about AirBnbs
AirBnbs have been in business since 2008 but I’m sure the simple yet successful business idea behind this growing online community fails to impress people who have grown up in brown households and spent a good number of vacations crashing at a friend’s or relative’s place already.
The difference however in both the arrangements is that with AirBnbs you will not have a mami(maternal aunt) to tag along with you wherever you go or a chachi(paternal aunt) who comes in between you and your dinner plans with her aaloo k parathay or a khala(maternal aunt again) who feels violated by the indecency of your lounge wear or a phopo(paternal aunt again :P) who wants to know what time will you be back home.
You will have the whole property to yourself with the hosts primarily out of your way, which also bring me to my first PRO of living in an AirBnb that is
Apart from privacy and psychological space (that is vital for a relaxing vacation), AirBnbs offer you a lot more space in terms of area when compared to hotels. You can easily find yourself a decent sized apartment with multiple rooms or sometime even a house in the same amount which you may end up paying for a standard twin room.
There is definitely no doubt about it being the better choice, if your roomie needs the TV screen to put them to sleep(the couch outside awaits) OR if only one spring mattress isn’t enough for your children to exhaust their energy levels.
Value For Money
If you are a budget friendly traveler, you would never want to book a hotel again once you have stayed in an AirBnb. It is great value for money, in terms of space and in terms of the amenities and services they cover, such as the availability of a kitchen and to be able to do your own laundry.
Yes you might not want to cook on a vacation but you would definitely want to book a p-r-i-v-a-t-e tour with a personal guide and a luxury car, all to yourself?? Right?? and what might be able to pay the difference in the price. Home cooked meals.
A kitchen lets you fix a sandwich for yourself so that you don’t fall victim to overpriced restaurants at tourist attractions and you also need not worry about midnight cravings or sleeping in and running late for the breakfast buffet because you my friends have *drum roll* “THE KITCHEN”.
Wash, Wear and Repeat
Call it a privilege, perks, or a form of liberation but I like to call it “clean and crisp undies TWICE A DAY”“. Your bag doesn’t have to smell like dirty laundry by the end of your trip, your hygiene doesn’t need to be compromised, you don’t have to fight stains off of your favorite tee in a wash basin, you don’t have to go back home with weeks’ worth of dirty laundry and you can finally find out what it actually means to travel light because you have the gift of a washing machine.
Unlike the wifi connection in hotels that are no less than a test of your moral values, the wifi service in AirBnbs is secure and only you have access to it, which means the speed is good enough for you to turn your (temporary) humble abode into a business room and work remotely OR simply unwind with your favorite online TV series after a happening day.
Living in an airbnb is a different and a more authentic experience altogether. It lets you live like a local and reveals a very raw side of the culture to you. There are no sugar coated, money churning barriers and every day is a new adventure where you find yourself going an extra mile to blend in with strangers on the street for simple favors like asking for directions or getting your hands on thrifty city tours.
Its definitely a better learning experience because there is no reception,no concierge, no friendly manager to guide you, therefore living in an AirBnb you see yourself taking risks, exploring the city’s potential as well as yours, getting around the new city like a true traveler and taking back home lots of interesting memories.
If you have made up your mind and I have talked you into booking an AirBnb for your next vacation, Id suggest you slow down there and head to my next blog where we will have a look at a less pretty side of booking in an AirBnb.