Here's another great travel resource if you're watching your pennies and would prefer a more home-grown vacation experience: rent a room from a local through AirBnB, an online marketplace for peer-to-peer traveling. AirBnB enables people to earn money by renting out their extra space — be it a room, a couch, terrace or rooftop. They list their accommodations, put up a bunch of pictures, and set their price per night. Simple! You, as the traveler, get to browse through the options in your destination city...
According to the Daily News:
AirBnB co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk, 26, said he and two friends came up with the idea in 2007, when they realized they could rent out spare rooms in their San Francisco apartments to attendees at a big design conference held there. Business is booming, fueled by residents hoping to make extra cash and visitors in search of bargain digs, he said. AirBnB's biggest market is New York, Blecharczyk said. The site has some 800 listings in the city, with as many as 50 new ones put up each week. "New York rents are really expensive," he said. "This is allowing people to hold on to their places." And for travelers, $100 is a pretty good deal for a night in a New York penthouse, even if it's just a tent on a rooftop.
We were very impressed with a lot of the spaces we came across. Most of the pictures were really clear and gave a good overall sense of the apartment and the owner's aesthetic. And it was pretty affordable, too. Prices averaged around $85/night, even for trendy locations like Williamsburg, Brooklyn and parts of Manhattan. (Which may sound outrageous, but is a bargain for New York.)
And personally, we love seeing pictures of people's homes! Just scrolling through the New York apartments gave us plenty of eye candy.
Check it out at AirBnB's website. And let us know if you've ever done this, and what your experience has been!
Via Daily News
Photo: Christine's "Slice of Brooklyn" in Gowanus, Brooklyn, available for for $70/night.