Airbnb has been a boon to homeowners and travelers alike for many years. For the first time it provided travelers with a cheap way to find accommodations that didn’t involve staying in a sketchy hostel. And it gave homeowners a way to make extra money from their home.
However, many people have become dissatisfied with the Airbnb experience and still don’t want to book a hotel when they travel. Luckily, there are plenty of alternatives these days so you can still travel and not stay in an Airbnb or expensive hotel. In this article, we will go over some of the ways you can do this.
Go for a short term rental
Short term rentals are a nice middle ground between staying in a hotel and in somebody’s home. They offer a very cosy apartment that doesn’t feel like either. You don’t feel like you are intruding into somebody else’s house, but it is more intimate and less sterile than staying in a hotel.
For instance, some of the short term rentals North York has are very comfortable and offer all the modern conveniences you would expect on your trip. If you are staying somewhere for more than a couple of weeks then this is a great way to go.
Usually they are centrally located in an area that is worth visiting and have plenty of services nearby such as nightlife and shopping. And they also are economical when you consider how much it would cost to stay in a hotel of the equivalent level.
If you own a house or apartment somewhere then there is a chance that there is somebody in some other part of the country or world that would want to stay there. And you may want to stay in their house as well.
Doing a house swap is a great alternative for accommodations for the flexible traveler. The way it works is that you sign up on one of the various house swapping platforms. Then, you can either look for people that have a house in an area where you would like to visit and propose that they stay in your home for the same period, or you can wait for somebody to find you.
When you have a flexible date range or even destination for your trip you can end up staying someplace for free.
Find a historic building
In many parts of the world, historic buildings are being renovated and turned into tourist accommodations. Places like monasteries or old prisons are now able to host you offering a unique experience.
Yes, they are essentially hotels, but they aren’t just an ordinary building where you hang your hat for the night like a hotel. Staying in an historic building adds to the entire vacation experience and can be the highlight of the trip.
Even in some areas, the hotels are not in a complex in one place. In Italy, the idea of the albergo diffuso is taking hold where a hotel buys old houses and turns it into a hotel room so you can stay in a one of a kind room. Matera with its old caves converted into a hotel comes to mind.
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