If you've never booked and stayed at an Airbnb, it can be a little intimidating at first, especially if you aren't sure how it really works, but oftentimes, the experience can be significantly better than a standard hotel, and more affordable too.
These are just a few of the reasons to consider Airbnb for your overnight stays.
Typically, an Airbnb is going to give you a lot more space than the average motel room. While they can range from a private room to a luxurious home with multiple bedrooms, no matter which you choose, you'll probably get a better value. This can be an ideal way for a large family or a group of friends to travel, as you won't have to book separate rooms, but you'll still enjoy some privacy. And, when splitting the cost with others, you're likely to save quite a lot too.
In many destinations, especially in more remote places around the world, hotels are few and far between. Considering Airbnb opens up a lot more options, you may even be able to score that perfect apartment in downtown Dingle, Ireland, where you'll be steps away from a myriad of pubs and live music, or even a lavish vacation home on the California coast, for the fraction of the price you'd pay a hotel room located in a similar area.
A More Authentic Experience
An Airbnb often provides a more authentic experience that allows you to see a destination through the eyes of a local. In Todos Santos, Mexico, for example, I like to stay in Casita de Los Inseparables. As it's located on the hosts' property, it has the feel as if you're living like a local, while offering plenty of privacy and the benefit of enjoying all sorts of insider advice and tips as to what to do, where to eat and so on.
Airbnb owners/hosts are typically very helpful with recommendations, directions, and any information they feel may benefit you on your trip. Some, like Claude and Celia, the owners of Casita de Los Inseparables, are so welcoming, they may even invite you over for a glass of wine and a chat, or a game of backgammon.
Comforts of Home
While most hotel rooms don't include kitchens, there are many Airbnb options that have them. That means you'll get to save on dining out by shopping at the market like the locals, in addition to enjoying many of the other comforts of home as well, like a washer and dryer. You might even have your own private hot tub!