I am personally a big fan of booking Airbnbs for travel, ESPECIALLY, if I am traveling with a group of 2 or more people. Airbnbs tend to be WAY cheaper than staying in a hotel and a lot more comfortable than staying in a shared hostel dorm room. and such
- Check their profile and see if they have an Instagram handle and/or direct booking website. A lot of Airbnbs will now have their own direct booking websites and they usually offer discounts and better rates on their direct booking website than you would usually see on Airbnb. By cutting out the middleman they are able to get rid of some additional fees and the commission that Airbnb takes, so this is a fantastic way for guests to save some money and get a much better deal
- Find unique experiences. The main reason that Airbnbs trump hotels is that they have the incredible ability to offer very unique experiences. For example, in Italy, I stayed at an incredible villa that was owned by a Belgian musician and producer in the entertainment industry. He had renovated this beautiful villa in Tuscany and lived there pretty much alone most of the time, but rented out each of his rooms (all ensuites) and his pool house on Airbnb, because why not! He took me and my friend to dinner and drinks, the place came with a chef and housekeeper who made breakfast every day, there were 2 grounds pups who were the cutest things ever, we had the pool to ourselves, the incredible views of the Tuscan Countryside. So definitely not your regular hotel or hostel experience!
- Book yourself an Airbnb experience! I just checked my Airbnb account and I have been on 6 incredible Airbnb experiences in the last year. From a Sunrise hot air balloon ride outside of Mexico City to a phenomenal pasta-making class in Florence. and the best part is that I get to do it with the locals in the community and I get to meet other like-minded travelers and make friends along the way. I have not once regretted going on an Airbnb experience, just make sure to read the reviews so you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into!
If you are traveling abroad this summer you are going to need an awesome pack to take with you. This summer I have been loving the Alpaca Duffel. The removable backpack straps make it super easy to carry around and I find it to be a lot more “flight friendly” than a normal backpacking backpack. And you can fit way more into it since it isn’t structured at all.
But if you’re a suitcase fan then I would definitely go with the Quadro Hardcase. That one never fails!