School is out, and summer is in! Put down your coffees, push exams from your minds, and focus – or don’t focus – on Summer 2016! As another school year comes to a close, students everywhere are in desperate need of some R&R. For some, this means sleeping. For others, this means vacation. If you are among the latter group and are looking for a beach to lie on, some sun to coat your skin in a golden honey brown, or a city to explore, you might consider using Airbnb to book your getaway.
Airbnb is an up-and-coming travel service that connects vacation and adventure seekers with rooms in houses and apartments in over 191 countries. Airbnb is an affordable way to satisfy your hunger for travel. I’m going to say that again to make sure everyone heard me: Airbnb is cheap. Got it? So before you go and book an overpriced hotel room or a cramped and smelly motel room, you may want to consider staying in an Airbnb location, receiving the personal and tailored attention of your Airbnb host. Not to mention that staying with an Airbnb host will give you a taste of your travel destination’s culture. Now, before you go online and book your Airbnb, it’s best you know the Do’s and Don’ts of this service.
Do: Go to a beach destination.
Close your eyes. Picture yourself lying on a beach, the sand soft between your toes, your skin warm from the sun’s embrace, the waves crashing and creeping up towards your chair. Maybe you’re reading a book. Maybe you’re listening to your favorite song. Now, I know that you’re thinking, “Is that what heaven feels like?” The answer is yes, that is exactly what heaven feels like. So, if you do decide to use Airbnb to book your getaway, I urge you to consider an ocean side room, minutes away from a beach paradise.
Do: Spend as little time in the room as possible.
Although it may be exciting to spend time talking to your Airbnb host and learning about your travel spot, remember that you traveled for the experience above anything else. Learning is for the classroom, but experiencing is for summer. I also know firsthand about the temptations of binge watching Netflix, but there is a time and a place for this introverted activity. A weekend exploration to an Airbnb beach or city is definitely not the time for endless hours of Friends. Log out of Netflix, close the computer and enjoy your vacation.
Do: See the area
With school taking up so much of the year and vacation always costing too much money, it is so important that you take advantage of your Airbnb travel treat. If you’re staying in a city, go on tours. They can be guided, bus, bike, or even food tours. Regardless of the type, vacations don’t happen every day. So, see as much as you can in the precious time that you have.
Don’t: Play your music loudly.
Now I know that music, like food and water, is an essential part of everyone’s life. We need it to survive. It’s safe to say that whether you’re relieving stress, riding the vibes of an upbeat summer day, or just rocking out with your friends, everyone likes to blare their music once in a while. Unfortunately, since Airbnb rooms are inside other people’s homes, it is not exactly polite to blast Beyoncé at full volume, while you jump up and down on your borrowed bed. So, if you plan on traveling via Airbnb, be prepared to use headphones.
Don’t: Bring your dog.
We have heard it said a thousand times: dogs are a man’s (or woman’s) best friend. We take them everywhere we can, post pictures of them on Instagram every time we can, and pretty much tell everyone we meet about the cuteness level of our dogs. If this sounds like something that you regularly do, you may have to sit down for what I’m about to say next. Since you never know what kind of allergies or phobias your Airbnb host will have, it’s best you leave your furry friend behind. My advice? Sneak out the back door of your house when leaving for your trip, so that you won’t have to look into those puppy dog eyes that basically force you to hide your dog in your suitcase.
Don’t: Throw parties in your room.
By now you all already know that Airbnb rooms are a part of someone else’s house. Out of pure respect for the hosts allowing for your cheap vacation, it is best that you do not bring 30 friends over to celebrate summer. Don’t get me wrong, summer is definitely the time to hang out with your friends and relax as much as possible. However, you should leave the summer celebrations for outside of your room. After all, if your friends trash your room, you’ll be the one to pay for it (literally!).
You have undoubtedly been counting the days until summer vacation, and now it is finally here! These Do’s and Don’ts of traveling via Airbnb will hopefully help you make the right decision about which Airbnb destination to plan your summer vacation. The most important “do” of them all is to make the most of your time wherever your travels may take you. So go explore, relax, sightsee, and enjoy!
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