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Category: AirBnB

Using Air BnB to find places to stay.

This page will show all of the posts that highlight a specific city or country that we visited and that we ended up staying at AirBnB. There are many reasons why I think it is best to book through AirBnb when you are planning a trip and I will highlight them below.

The Pro’s for booking with AirBnb

AirBnb is incredibly popular and has a ton of listings on it’s site. The smartphone app, tablet app, and now even the Apple TV app are great and easy to navigate. I like that I can message and request bookings through the application. We almost always use the smartphone app to find possible places to stay. We also have a huge list of saved places that we plan on visiting.

AirBnb saves the message text that you have sent to hosts. This is nice because we typically find three or four houses in the area we are looking to visit and contact them. We ask for internet speed and location specific info like pharmacy near by and supermarket.

AirBnb has a wonderful guarantee that protects you from bad situations. If you get to a place that is dirty, unkept or not as described, they will help you find a place that is close by and has what you are looking for. I should say that if I was traveling by myself or just my wife and I this wouldn’t be that big of a deal. But, since we are traveling with three kids this is very important to us. I don’t want to put our kids into a negative environment or stay in a place that doesn’t have the potential to feel like home.

They also have offices in almost every country so if you run into a problem lets say in Paris on a Thursday morning you can call the local paris office for help. This is huge because the time difference between Europe and the US is significant, not to mention the time difference in Asia.

Con’s of using AirBnb

The cons really boil down to the price they charge you for booking with them. It is also annoying that I am not able to avoid the 3% conversion fee when I stay outside of the USA. I have a credit card that allows me to avoid international transaction fees because I hate fees but there is no way around this unfortunately. I have even changed our currency to the Euro within the app and it still charges me the 3%.

They also charge a booking fee which covers their warranty but there really is no way to have that booking fee reduced through extended stays using their service. There is also no way to build up rewards and get free stays like you can with hotels.com. However, the pro’s outweigh the cons.

I do wish they had a feature that would show the hosts internet provider and internet speed. This would be easy for them to incorporate into the listing and I have requested that they do this through there contact us section.

If you plan on staying with AirBnb for the first time. Follow this link and we both get a $20 discount. You can follow click the link if you also plan on hosting for AirBnB.

London England Two Week Overview

We spent two weeks in London. This is the second time that I have been here. The first time was with my Aunt Beth just about fifteen years ago. She took me around London and different parts of England. It was the first time that I had travelled somewhere by myself and I can still remember very vividly the roads we drove, the hotels we stayed in, and the cities we roamed. One of those cities, in fact my favorite city, was Bath, England. We stayed in South Hampton, Lakenheath and Mildenhall. It was one of the funnest trips that I have ever been on and I can’t imagine how much my Aunt Beth spent while we travelled around. This trip nearly fifteen years ago set up a lot of what we would do this time around. Continue Reading

Dungarvan, Ireland – Beautiful Coastal Town

The apartment we rented was located above MJ’s beauty salon and had a great view of the ocean and an old church. Everything in this town was within walking distance, so despite having a rental car, we really only used it to visit Lismore or Waterford.

Dungarvan has a nice shopping center, several grocery stores and plenty of great restaurants. They also have a movie theater that is nice and incredibly affordable. Like all of the towns we have visited, the people of Dungarvan are incredibly warm and friendly. Continue Reading

Ahakista Ireland – Sheeps Head Peninsula

Sheila converted an old stone home into this beautiful cottage that she actually divided into two different livable spaces. One of the original walls is found inside this home. It has a lot of cool history and she even has a photo album documenting the transformation.

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View from our cottage.

As you can see in the picture above, the view from this cottage is incredible. Everything about this place is tranquil. Located on the far south end of Ireland, we were surrounded by the ocean. There was nothing around us but water, green hills and cow pastures. Every sunrise and sunset was spent looking out our balcony window and telling myself, “I can’t believe this is real”. Continue Reading

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