Why I Love Airbnb

Why I Love Airbnb

‘After spending years being paid to stay in hotels and B&Bs across Scotland, I find it very difficult to book into one and call it a ‘holiday’.  This is where Airbnb comes to my rescue..’

My previous occupation as property inspector means I tend to check out how clean the toilets are, look under the beds, and ask for random things for my room in order to see how up to speed the owners and managers are.
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Basically, I can’t relax because I feel like I should be looking at stuff and going ‘Ooooh, look! That’s the 100th bit of identical IKEA furniture I’ve seen this week…’
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After a while, it’s just not fun any more and the barriers between working and enjoying are too blurred.  Plus, how I have LT inspecting everything and telling me how he thinks it could be improved.   If he worked for VisitScotland, there would be very few 5 Stars awarded, I can tell you that.
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Because of my reluctance to stay in hotels, the expansion of Airbnb has been my saviour.  Also, I don’t much like other people, so I love being able to opt for ‘full property.’  I’d love it more if I could choose ‘full property…and no neighbours’, but I feel this is a touch unreasonable. Even for me.
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Over the past two years, I’ve used Airbnb for pretty much every accommodation need I’ve had when travelling.  This includes an apartment in Lisbon, Madrid, London and Istanbul, a cottage in East Nashville and a gorgeous townhouse in Savannah.  The only one we’ve had any problems with was in Istanbul, but more because LT got eaten alive while we stayed there.
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Every other property was clean, well maintained and excellent value for money.  We’ve also had some fantastic hosts, who have met us on site, picked us up at airports and kindly provided us with local food and suggestions on attractions.   
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Budget

Airbnb appeals to me from a budgeting perspective as there are only two of us travelling and we don’t’ really spend that much time indoors.  This means we need only one bedroom and studios are often ideally priced and well situated.  The fact that the site offers you countless photos (seriously, some of these are taken from every single angle)  and ensure that you really don’t have much to be left in the dark about.
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Location and Range

You check your location, have a look at the size, number of bedrooms, choose your price range and BOOM!, you have a list of suitable options.
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I choose the property closest to the pub (don’t judge me) and then fire off an email.  A response comes through very quickly and usually says ‘Why, yes, we’d love to have you’. Job done.
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Airbnb - Remote Cottage
Not another soul in miles…

Negative Press

I know that the company has had some negative press and we did experience very noisy neighbours in Istanbul.
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However, we DID book an apartment in a city centre tower block and, well….these things happen, don’t they?  Most of the negative stories about Airbnb have been neighbours complaining about noisy guests in the Airbnb, and not customers complaining.
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I realise there are different experiences and everyone’s looking for different things from accommodation, but I highly recommend the site. It’s easy to use and we’ve met some fantastic hosts so far.  Fingers crossed 2019 will bring us more Airbnb success.
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Have you tried Airbnb and, if so, how positive or negative have your experiences been?

Suzanne x

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Why I Love Airbnb

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Hi, I'm Suz. I love travelling (obvs..), dogs, shoes and wine, although not necessarily in that order. I'm originally from Scotland, but now live in Snowdonia in North Wales with my husband and a seriously large shoe collection.

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