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Still a relatively new kid on the block, since its arrival in 2008 Airbnb has changed not only the way people book accommodation, but the way they travel. I only discovered the website three years ago, however I’ve already made countless bookings across dozens of cities, staying in places I never thought I’d ever have the chance to stay in.

 

From condos on the beach to eco-houses located in the middle of forests, there is no limit to what Airbnb can offer, whether you’re travelling for work or leisure. One of my favourite features which was introduced in 2018 is the option to book an Airbnb Plus, which means that not only is the host verified, their accommodation is categorised as being of the highest quality.

 

Another good aspect is the option of ‘Private room’ or ‘Entire place’. This means that, if required, you can keep the price low on your booking by just renting a room in a property that will be shared with other people. Other filters include number of beds, facilities, type of home (everything from pent-house to igloo) and even what languages the host speaks.

 

A list of reviews are available to read before making a booking, and the reviewer has to have previously stayed at the accommodation, making for more reliable and accurate feedback than other websites.

 

One of the only issues that I have found with Airbnb is that it does not give an option to ‘sort by’ price, meaning you are always left to scroll through multiple pages before finding the best deal. Not only this, but if the host is new to the site and therefore has no reviews it makes it difficult to know what the accommodation will be like, particularly if they only have a handful of photos. However, overall it is a magnificent and unique place to find your perfect spot.

Pros
  • Great layout that is easy to navigate
  • Unique offers of accommodation not available on other booking sites
  • Option of ‘Private room’ or ‘Entire place’ to keep prices down if needed
Cons
  • No option to ‘sort by’ a filter, meaning scrolling to find the best deal can take a while
  • New hosts may not be 100% trustworthy