When it comes to travel, thereâ€™s many things to consider.
First, itâ€™s likely the most important: Where are you going? Are you looking to relax? Or go on an adventure? Do you want somewhere far away or just around the corner?
The second is cost. And this is where what we want to do, doesnâ€™t always mean we can do it. Our wants and needs of travel, often come down to moneyâ€¦especially if we donâ€™t have a lot of it.
For the past year or two, Iâ€™ve been using AirBnB to cut down on costs. Not always, sometimes I do love me a hotel. But it’s pretty fair to say that sometimes hotels just don’t fit in yourÂ budget, no matter how much you love having your bed made for you every morning.
If youâ€™re not familiar with AirBnb, itâ€™s a service that basically you rent unique accommodations from local hosts in 190+ countries. You can choose from just renting a room, or the whole house, depending on how you like to travel. Me? I tend to want to rent the whole thing. Iâ€™m sure the people who rent rooms are nice, but Iâ€™m not the most pleasant person in the morning, so I feel like really Iâ€™m doing them a favour by booking a solo rental. Â I’m not lying when I’ve said I’ve spent hours pouring over AirBnB listening, from castles to trailers, treehouses to glass cubes, even if you’re not planning a trip, it’s so fun to day dream.
AirBnBÂ sort of like online dating, but not as creepy. Â You find a place you like, you reach out to the owner of the listing, you exchange messages back and forth and decide if you’re a good match. Â In some instances you’re able to do a bit more research on social media channels like Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Â In all theÂ times I’ve stayed in AirBnBs, I’ve never not felt safe.
Another one of the greatÂ things about the service is you really get to see how other people live, and arenâ€™t we all curious about that just a little bit.
Some of my favourite rentals have included this amazing gem in Brooklyn:
â€” Mike Morrison (@mikesbloggity) January 7, 2015
And this pristine time-capsule in San Francisco:
â€” Mike Morrison (@mikesbloggity) October 14, 2014
My most recent stay was at a great condo in Toronto! Situated around the corner from one of the cityâ€™s major intersections, I rented this playce during the world renowned TIFF, when, with good reason, many hotels just arenâ€™t affordable for the regular person. That’s what happens when Clooney books up three floors. (I imagine.) Which is why I think AirBnB has become so helpful. All of a sudden, attending major events like TIFF has become affordable, when they might have been too cost-prohibitive before. And in a place like Toronto, when youâ€™d barely spend any time in your room anyway, knowing that youâ€™re coming home to a cozy, clean and quiet home, is really worth a million bucks.
— Mike Morrison (@mikesbloggity) September 15, 2015
Going to TIFF was a dream come true, and I was much happier to spend money on movie tickets and copious amounts of popcorn than an empty hotel room that I would barely be using. Actually, I was so comfortable at this rental, that I extended it by two nights, just so I could enjoy living in the heart of Canadaâ€™s biggest city for just a few days more. Thatâ€™s something I never would be able to experience otherwise.
The highlight for me was seeing the premiere of The Danish Girl, starringÂ Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander. Â Getting to see the stars up close, not to mention a movie sure to be big during the awards season, was a once in a lifetime event, that I’ll never forget!
If you’re in the midst of planning your next trip, it’s definitely worth checking out AirBnB. It’ll be amazing what you can do with a little extra money in your pocket!