Like a lot of families, a holiday together is important to reconnect with no work, no school, no routines and no schedules. To have more space when we go away and to give ourselves some options, we go Airbnb and we have fallen into a pattern of splitting our holiday with two apartments so we can explore different areas.
Ever since we started going abroad in the 1990s we have stayed in small guesthouses rather than in hotels to stay in the heart of a town and this desire continued when we started going away as a family of four.
Despite its critics Airbnb has made it easy for us to find affordable, spacious accommodation in different countries – and while it still exists, we’ll keep using it because when we go away we shop locally & we eat out locally, we spend more money in the community than we ever would if we stayed in a hotel. It depends what type of holiday you are after, but it is well worth looking into.
We have to go away in the school holidays so other holiday options are pretty unaffordable for us – Airbnb has given us both beachside & city centre apartments, and the opportunity to explore and spend time together as a family.
In recent years we have stayed in 15 different apartments in Paris, Barcelona, Split, Faro and Venice – none of them have bankrupted us. Some have been really simple, some beautiful, they have had balconies or terraces and they have all been different. We have had amazing views over Barcelona, been right next to Sagrada Familia, been right on the beach in Faro and in Split and, most recently, we have been right next to the Grand Canal in Venice and right next to the Venice Lagoon.
My tips for using Airbnb…
- spend some time looking at the area you want to stay in and at different apartments
- read the reviews and contact the owner with any queries
- make sure you choose sole occupancy of you don’t fancy sharing the sofa with the host
- look through the pictures and read through the facilities
- use the search criteria so the suggested apartments are tailored to your needs
- we always book our flights first and then find the apartment
- just do it, have an adventure