One of our favorite things about the nomadic lifestyle we’ve been living for the past several months has been the homes we’ve stayed in along the way and their hosts. Thanks to Airbnb we’ve been able to enjoy not only having our own place from time to time, but also the pleasure of staying as guests in others’ homes, the perfect arrangement for shorter stays in places like Lucerne last fall, and during our road trip around New Zealand earlier this year.
Our Portland apartment for the summer is currently at the top of our list of favorite Airbnb rentals. The price, the size of the apartment, the minimal but very comfortable mid-century furnishings, the kitchen and location are all just about perfect. Two other notable favorites along the way on Part II were our rooms in Napier and Wellington in New Zealand, although every place we stayed in Australia and New Zealand were very, very nice and helped make our visits there great ones.
I wish I could link to our place in Japan, except that they are currently not listed with Airbnb. While the location of the apartment building was superb, the price very affordable for Tokyo, and the hosts wonderful to deal with, we did not get the apartment we had requested which made that stay a bit of a disappointment, especially since it was for three months. The kitchen was wonderfully equipped, and the bed was comfortable, but the furniture in the living and dining area was not. There was also no balcony (highly unusual in Japan) so we always had to dry our clothes indoors (we were thankful to have a washing machine though).
Overall we have had a great experience using Airbnb, saved quite a bit over staying in hotels, and met some truly wonderful people along the way. If you haven’t used them before, I strongly recommend giving Airbnb a try. Michael and Debbie Campbell’s (The Senior Nomads) book, Your Keys, Our Home, is a great overview on how to make the most of an Airbnb experience, from choosing a house or room to interacting with the host to how to be a great guest.
Below are the links to the Airbnb homes and rooms we stayed in on Part II of our Big Adventure:
- Rotorua – Host: Bernadette
- Napier – Host: Chia
- Wellington – Host: Geraldine
- Mangorei – Host: George
- Auckland – Host: Kate
- Eastside (December) – Host: Brian
- Eastside (May) – Host: Scott
- Westside (summer 2019) – Host: Dustin
Although we’ve enjoyed some of our Airbnb rentals more than others, we have yet to have a bad experience. We like having our own place with a kitchen, where we save by preparing most of our own meals, and also like getting to know the neighborhoods. We’ve made friends with a few of our hosts as well, another added benefit to traveling with Airbnb. Finally, Airbnb offers $40 off your first booking with them if you spend more than $75 – just go to the site and set up an account and start looking for a place to stay!
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I’m hoping at some point to be able to travel via AirBnB as well! I’ve stayed in several and they’ve been great. I also had a wonderful time on an AirBnB experience in Mendoza, Argentina.
We’ve really had a great time staying in different houses and apartments, and we love getting to know the different neighborhoods where we’ve stayed – I think that’s one of the best parts about using Airbnb, along with the friendships we’ve made with some of our hosts.
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Just hosted my first Airbnb couple. Nice experience! Coming up in about a week, a true test: 2 weeks of one couple. They sure have rave reviews so hoping it will be fun.
Your places all look great.
I think your house would be a dream Airbnb location! Do you serve breakfast or ??? I’m sure you’ll have a great time with the couple that’s coming – it’s not like they’ll be hanging around the house all day (hopefully).
We had wonderful rentals and rooms this year, and are greatly looking forward to the place we’re staying in England too.
I will definitely try AirBnb for my upcoming big vacation in the US. I have booked hotel rooms but, the reservations can be cancelled. Thanks for sharing your good experiences.
I think you will be pleasantly surprised by Airbnb if you haven’t used them before. You’ll have to make your own bed in the morning, but you can save by fixing some of your own meals (especially breakfast). Will you have a car? If not, look for homes that are near public transportation in the places you’re visiting. We don’t need a car where we are this summer, but next December we’ll definitely have to have one – it’s in a great location but not particularly near anything in Portland.
I appreciate all the links, especially Portland because we’ll be there for a few days in August. A second story probably isn’t the best for August, though that place looks wonderful. Did you have links to your Airbnbs in Europe in another blog post?
The place we rented for our first three days here should be OK in the August unless it’s brutally hot, and there were two big ceiling fans in the bedroom. Our apartment in Sydney was quite hot and there was no A/C, but we had a fan in the bedroom and slept comfortably.
Here’s the link to the Airbnbs we stayed in during the first part of our journeys: https://theoccasionalnomads.com/2018/12/18/our-airbnb-homes-part-1/
I love AirBnB. Like you haven’t had a bad one. Love having an apartment to ourselves with separate lounge and bedroom. Always make sure we have laundry facilities every couple of stays. While we could get cheaper hotels in some places, the rooms are so tiny, we’d not be comfortable and we’d trip over each other. Also we’d have to pay extra to wash our clothes. Not to mention having to eat out for every meal.
Your post has given me itchy feet.
I think we’ve been very lucky so far in our choices, although we go very carefully through the reviews, comments, etc. before we make a final reservation. Best things to me about Airbnb is having my own kitchen and having a washing machine. Only one place we stayed in did not have one, but the laundromat was close by and convenient so we didn’t mind. Bernadette, in Rotorua, did our laundry for us! After the shock of paying for laundry in Hong Kong we’ll stick with Airbnb, thank you!
While we’re glad to be settled for the summer, we’ve sort of got itchy feet again too. I was even looking at The Ghan’s website yesterday!
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I spoke with my Husband and he loves the idea of travelling with others on The Ghan!
Your blog and my DD convinced me to try Airbnb and I’m hooked. My mom and her husband recently moved into independent living, so their guest room is history. The hotels near her are crazy expensive (lakeshore, summer), so I’m doing Airbnb and it’s one of three I have booked in the next three months…it’s my default for any kind of travel now. 🙂 It’s just so much more comfortable than a hotel room. I love having my morning coffee in peace and cooking when I choose to. So far, all great experiences. As you said, I comb over reviews and comments and have had good experiences so far. Some we’ve loved more than others (hello, Sedona!), but overall, a great option.
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