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  1. Convinced Shivya.. I almost used it for my trip to Thailand but wasn’t too sure.. Think I’ll give it a go now.

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    • I’m glad this post convinced you, Supriya! Do read the reviews carefully (as you would for a hotel), so you land at an awesome place :)

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  2. Zahra says

    Completely agree with u, swear by air Bnb, travelled Paris and multiple cities in Spain via air Bnb and just had 1 bad experience in Seville, wherein we actually wanted the AC which wasn’t functional and it was 40 degrees Celsius in peak summers !!
    Btw, i love to travel and I have been following u for a while now and was happy to read about u in the latest Femina.
    Keep at it. Admire u !!!
    P.s: bought my last book from amaZon via the shooting star :)

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    • Yay, thanks for buying your book via my blog, Zahra!

      And thanks for sharing your Airbnb experiences. I guess it’s bit like choosing a hotel, you ultimately learn how to make the right choices :)

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  3. Totally agree- we discovered Airbnb recently when we were planning our France trip which is an expensive country to travel – and fell in love with what they offer- they have options to suit all tastes and budgets. We have booked all three destinations in France(Paris, Bordeaux and Avignon) through air bnb- will share the review once we actually experience the places but till now – it has been awesome to discover the variety of options available.

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  4. Liked your post. Relaying our experience we found Manila Boulevard & Makati city to have two distinct flavors to life. Former is akin to holiday living while later akin to a mini (on 2nd thought, micro) Manhattan.
    ‘dod’ Rangers

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    • I think Manila Boulevard itself has such different faces; the interiors of the residential neighborhoods as opposed to the bayside restaurants. It’s somewhat true for all of Manila too!

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  5. Sounds brilliant! I’ve heard about Airbnb quite a bit lately, so I definitely think I ought to check it out.

    Couldn’t get your referal sign-up link to work though…?

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  6. That’s cool. Never knew that there exists an option like Airbnb also. I am definitely gonna try it for my next trip. Thanks a lot for your valuable post.

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  7. I’ve got a lot of AirBnB places lined up for my future trips! It is a great app and some of the houses are really beautiful!! I also like that it fits into a decent budget and I am really waiting to give it a go!!

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    • I can’t wait for you to give it a go too. Tell me how it goes when you finally do! Oh, and use my referral link :)

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  8. Airbnb is very powerful tool for exploring new destinations.. When I came to Shanghai, I used airbnb.. Its was primarily because being a veggie I needed a kitchen to cook my food which was difficult to do in hotels… the studio kind of kitchenettes in hotel hardly have anything more than a microwave and its expensive… The airbnb host helped me get oriented to Shanghai… even he could advice me on what veggies can I buy from supermarkets.. its so useful in places like china where everything in the supermarkets is written in chinese..

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    • That’s interesting, Jyoti, and sounds like a great option if you want to stay long term and cook your own food too. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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  9. I did stay in Hongkong with Airbnb for more than 8 days and really enjoyed my owners trust on me.I had a full house for me for 3 days.It was with kitchen ,hall and Aircon and a sit out to have fresh air in that city of concrete jungle.My place was very near to the MTR and market.As a Backpacker I would like to stay in these places to know about the people and culture.In one Sunday I was able to see a film shooting with American and British crew taking road scens about a Backpacker lost in Hongkong next to where I stayed..

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    • What an experience! Sounds like you got a perspective of HK that people who stay in hotels possibly don’t. It’s too bad I didn’t know about Airbnb (or maybe it didn’t exist), back when I visited Hong Kong myself, 7 or so years ago for a job interview!

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  10. I tried Air B&B for the first time last year and I was a bit nervous but there was no need. We were able to stay in central Barcelona in a great flat and would have paid through the nose for a similarly located hotel. I hope everyone tries this, so worth it!

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    • I agree with you Melissa, it’s a great way to save money and have some interesting experiences in expensive cities!

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  11. Pinaki says

    Hii..the URL mentioned in “Use my referral link to sign up on Airbnb, and we can both get cash credits to travel when you make your first booking.” doesn’t seem to work. I tried multiple times…can you please check it..thnx!!!

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  12. Agree! I’ve been using Airbnb for the last 2 years and became a host in Singapore, letting out the extra bedroom and making a lot of friends in the process. I’ve stayed in an artists house in Nice, an attic in Marais – Paris, a villa in Ubud and the cutest apartment in Ginza – Tokyo through Airbnb.

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  13. wander//woman says

    This sounds wonderful, thank you for sharing! I had been an avid couch-surfer while traveling in the States and Central America. For my adventures in Asia and Europe, this sounds like a great alternative.

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  15. swathi says

    Hi Shivya,

    Yet another super useful and interesting post from you. I have been planning a Rio De Janeiro or a Buenos Aires trip in November. Using AirBnb .. Let’s see how it goes. Are you planning any South America trips?

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    • That’s awesome! Tell me how it goes for you Swathi. I hope South America will happen soon for me too :)

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  17. Thanks a lot Shivya for referring AirBnb. I have heard about it in the past but didn’t know it was so useful until I read your post. :) As always you are very inspiring to many (including me) who wants to travel economically..! :)

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