The way I travel is so different from a few years ago. You can see it in the little things : I have emergency food stashed in my bag, I wear clothes that can easily be changed when spit up on and sunglasses are my favorite accessory to hide tired eyes. One of the most obvious differences is in where we stay when out of town, and the first place I look is Airbnb. If you go to their site and don’t feel an immediate need to travel, I commend you.
While they feature some amazing places and properties when you start to search for the right spot on your own it can take a little more work. Our first trip booked through them happened two years ago, at a little flat in Brooklyn (we stayed at both here and here loved them). The advantages became immediately obvious : bedrooms with doors, kitchens and laundry. All of a sudden traveling with children started to seem more reasonable when we had the basic necessities of home.
For our recent adventure down to New Orleans I booked a place months in advance that we were really looking forward to. A few weeks out, they canceled on us. I was a little shocked, since I hadn’t considered that could even happen. Airbnb offered us a small credit to help with re-booking in addition to the amount previously paid – so I upgraded to the house we stayed in. It turns out Uptown was the perfect location for us : walkable, parkable and accessible to both the city, Audubon Park, the zoo and nearby restaurants (thanks in park to the streetcar). Also, the house had a pool… and to this New Yorker who had not seen temperatures above 40 in months 80 degrees in New Orleans was like heaven.
I could get lost browsing listings on the site but instead I want to hear if you have any favorite stays! Share with me and let’s start planning the next adventure.
don’t worry guys, I’m not cool enough to get paid to write something like this – just sharing my thoughts for ya’ll.