As I mentioned yesterday, this past weekend in Austin provided a weekend of firsts for me, including my first-ever stay in an Airbnb.
For a long time I’ve confused Airbnb with couchsurfing. Couchsurfing is when you crash on someone’s couch or spare bed while they’re still in the house. I assume shenanigans are often involved.
Airbnb, however, is more like you’re renting someone’s home for a few days. It’s an alternative to a hotel (usually cheaper), and it offers things a hotel does not: full kitchen access, free wi-fi, and usually more space.
A few months ago I selected the Airbnb based on its proximity to the wedding location. A few friends and I decided to split the cost for a 3-night stay (they were there an extra night). Mark, the owner, sent us a ton of helpful communication in advance.
Overall, I had a really good experience. Even though we didn’t cook, it was awesome to have the feel of a home instead of a hotel. It just feels better.
The one downside is that hotels provide certain amenities that you can’t really expect an Airbnb owner to provide, like shampoo and soap. So make sure to bring your own. Otherwise the house had plenty of towels and bedding.
I kind of wish I had some crazy story about the Airbnb, but it was a simple, streamlined, pleasant experience. Perhaps you have a better story from when you’ve used it?
If you want to use Airbnb in the future, feel free to type in my referral code. I get $25 on my next stay, and you get a high five.