Hospitality was a dying virtue before the rise of Airbnb. Through their clever application of internet interr-connections, the virtue is revived. Airbnb is to hotel owners what Uber is to taxi drivers. But some gotta win, and some gotta lose. In this case, tech-savvy travelers can win big with lower cost lodging, often in areas that are far more desirable than the commercial zones that many hotels occupy, and with the added benefit of forming a connection with your host.
With the Airbnb app, you can find a room for the night, or a house for a month, on the Riveria in France, or in the backwoods of Northern Idaho. The app is available for both iPhones and ‘Droids.
All of my experiences with Airbnb have been great, but I’ve been pretty careful to choose places that have good reviews. Use a little caution and common sense when booking through the app, and watch your costs go down while you meet new people in all your travel destinations.
Since France is one of my favorite destinations, I’ve used Airbnb to stay in some lovely homes in some incredible neighborhoods. If you haven’t caught the bug for travel to France yet, you don’t know what you’re missing. Learn about becoming a francophile here.