Monday, 17 November 2014

The magic behind Airbnb

Last night I was watching one of my all time favorite movies, The Holiday, and caught myself thinking that Airbnb pretty much nailed the idea of the movie. Staying at someone else's apartment while abroad enhances whole holiday/travel experience enormously! We don't only visit countries for wonderful architecture, delicious food or breathtaking nature; it's the people, lifestyles and attitudes what we are after, really. Trying to embrace foreign thinking, pace of life and habits of locals takes ages, unless you dive into their everyday life straight away. And so we did!

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Planing our first holiday together we faced way too many questions and decisions. Just after we settled on the date and place he found this apartment on Airbnb website and we instantly knew we will be staying there. It was a new post with just a few photos and short description, however we didn't hesitate and signed for it the same day as we found it. To be honest, it couldn't have worked out any better for us. As the day of our travel was approaching we saw updates and new photos, which made us more and more excited about our stay in Berlin.

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If you still haven't heard of it, Airbnb is a website which connects people all over the world. You can rent an apartment or a room for as long as you are traveling or you can sublet your own place for those exploring your country. It can be as cheap as a hostel or as luxury as 5 star hotel, the one thing you can be sure about is the unique, local experience.

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We were really lucky I think, as the apartment we stayed at was beautiful. I could have taken the picture of every single corner and create a pinterest board of it! The area was also great as we watched locals passing by and checked out little hipstery shops. The most important - our host Vicky - she was amazing at helping us before and during the stay, answering our silly questions, giving directions and even inviting us to the brunch. We felt so welcomed and comfortable. We did rave about the apartment, partying with Germans and all beautiful views from our window for so long, that we missed the review posting period on Airbnb (honestly the only bad thing about this website!), so I am writing this as a tribute, as a big thank you. I want to think that Berlin changed me, there were some very personal experiences I had and new things I learned about myself. The holiday in Berlin was so remarkable and inspiring for me that I wish I could share bits and peaces of my experience with everybody on a dull busy Mondays like today.

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If you are planning a holiday or even little getaway during upcoming holiday season, check Airbnb out here (and get £16 off your first travel), or alternatively - be a host, because you never know, maybe a few days in your apartment will truly change someone's life.

Share your Airbnb experience!

Patricija

2 comments:

  1. I'm staying in this ocean side apartment in Bali with air bnb in a couple of months and was surprised at just how cheap and easy it is! So excited to give it a go, and you're right, it's just like The Holiday (what a lovely film)!
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Ocean side apartment sounds amazing! Hope you had a great time there and thanks for your comment :)
      Patricija xx

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