[dropcap]P[/dropcap]lanning a vacation can be the most tedious chore. With so many companies competing for the best deal it’s tough to narrow it down to one. With the help of travel apps, books, online services and agencies we have a wealth of resources at our fingertips. The problem isn’t always planning a trip, sometimes it’s having enough time.
Lodging and airfare costs are the most frequently asked questions when booking travel. I know this because it is the first thing people mention to me when requesting a travel consultation. How much is this going to cost? Can my family do this, that and the other with our budget? And so on… After visiting 46 states and 30 countries, I am slowly mastering the art of traveling, but travel is different for everyone. Let’s be honest, we don’t all share the same bank account or desire to travel to the same places. If you think solo travel can be tough, try planning an entire family vacation. Exhausted yet?
Since not everyone can afford to hire a travel agent (me) to plan their entire vacation, I like to share my personal travel tips with all of you via these articles. With summer here I’ve had a huge response of questions about lodging. Working as a travel blogger keeps it interesting: one minute I am visiting a country to fulfill a story, and the next I’m someplace new. I am constantly researching the best hotels and vacation rentals. After years of experience I have narrowed down my favorite lodging to Airbnb.
Airbnb is available in over 191 countries. With the flexibility to book an entire home, private room or shared room there is something for everyone’s budget. The website gives you the option to filter your search: neighborhood, amenities, property type, to narrow down your specific needs. You can book a rental property in advance or a same day rental. A unique feature Airbnb offers that hotels does not is the ability to contact the host directly to inquiry about the property and negotiate the pricing. Airbnb holds each host to a high level of service to guarantee each guest a pleasant stay. The benefit you gain from this is comparing rental reviews between properties from other guests experience.
Throughout my travel experiences nothing compares to the convenience of feeling at home when you are far from home. Looking to travel and new to Airbnb? Sign up with my travel voucher below and receive $30.00 off your first Airbnb rental.