“Whenever you go on a trip to visit foreign lands or distant places, remember that they are all someone’s home and backyard.”
― Vera Nazarian
If you follow my blog, you know that we are passionate travelers. However, the older we get, we find that our travels center more around Airbnbs. We used to be hostel and camper travelers and moved quickly from one location to another…but those days are gone. Now, we travel slowly centering our travels in an Airbnb for a week and take day trips from that location.
We love Airbnbs! They offer more space for less price, kitchens, and better amenities. They are generally in local neighborhoods, rather than tourist areas where the hotels are, so they are authentically fun. The property owners offer wonderful hospitality and since they live in the area, they can offer off-the-beaten track recommendations for restaurants and activities. Plus, the wi-fi is free and fast.
We even thought we would sell our home on Ometepe Island and live in Airbnbs around the world like this couple...Airbnb: Retired Couple Travels World, Spends 1000 Nights in Airbnbs.
Meanwhile, until we decide whether to make the BIG move, we are planning our next trip to Uruguay and Argentina…and of course centering our day trips around Airbnbs.
Some of our favorite Airbnbs around the world…
Juan’s place was in the center of the historic district of Cuenca. We were surrounded by gorgeous cathedral domes that lit up at night casting a blue hue into our windows. We ran out of propane for cooking, and Juan delivered a new bottle to us within an hour.
We spent two weeks during the international film festival in this lovely apartment in the perfect location in the walled city. Martha left a Panama hat for us to wear. Ron liked it so much, he replaced the old hat with a new one and packed the old hat to bring home. This place had the cutest little hobbit door to enter the loft bedroom and the bathroom was outside on a private terrace. We showered under the stars.
We spent a month in Michael’s garden apartment. It felt so much like home, that we didn’t want to leave. In fact, after living in Patzcuaro, Mexico, we returned to Nicaragua with tentative plans to sell our place. That’s how much we love Patzcuaro.
This was our first experience in a gated community. Michael and Hiroko felt like family. They invited us to share meals with them and we even had a private Kava ceremony at their home. Michael is a history buff and we learned so many new things about the history of Fiji. He picked us up at the airport, too. Such a wonderful family!
Denise and her husband were awesome hosts. They brought us ice-cream and wine! Their home is on Acacia Bay with a beautiful view of the lake from the front window of the apartment. They recommended many wonderful places for us to go and gave us helpful tips about how to navigate driving on the left-hand side of the road. That was an experience!
Since we couldn’t use our credit cards in Cuba, renting an Airbnb was convenient. We could pay for the Airbnb online using our credit card. Sissy’s grandparents lived in the apartment,unbeknownst to us. It was funny when we first entered the apartment because we thought we rented the entire apartment for ourselves. She took us into the kitchen to show us around, and Ron opened the refrigerator. “No, no,” Sissy said. “This is my grandparent’s kitchen. They will gladly cook for you.” Apparently all Airbnbs are like this in Cuba. Her grandparent’s lived in a little room beside the kitchen.
I still get Christmas cards from Eduardo in Antigua. We rented a cozy cabin. Eduardo and his wife had three large German Shepard dogs that played with us daily and visited our cabin. We enjoyed wine and snacks and made good friends with another couple that stayed in the cabin next to us. In fact, they came to visit us on Ometepe Island.
I booked our two-week stay in Buenos Aires, today. I couldn’t resist this place because it is on Nicaragua Street and in Palermo Soho, a chic tree and park-filled community in Buenos Aires.
I believe that the Airbnb community benefits local economies around the world by supporting residents and local businesses and most importantly, encouraging cultural exchange. We have never had a bad Airbnb experience. We are always in someone’s hospitable homes and backyards.
What are your experiences with Airbnbs?