Resorts or Airbnb?
When we travel, we usually have many options to consider, including budget, location, activities, flights, etc. But another thing that we also have to consider is accommodation. Enter Airbnb.
Airbnb has changed the way many of us travel, providing us with a variety of options that fall within a wide range of budgets. However! Resorts are still a great option because they can provide safety and all the accessible amenities you could possibly want.
So which is better?
It answer is the usual: It depends.
I love Airbnb.
I personally have found Airbnb to be a great experience and have been able to visit a number of new countries in a cost efficient manner. For instance, we chose to go with Airbnb’s most of the time while travelling throughout Iceland. Near the end of the trip, we decided to spend one night in a hotel. The difference was HUGE! The hotel cost us about $330 CAD for ONE night for a queen bed, and a bathroom. Nothing special about it. Compared to most of the Airbnb’s we had that were in the $175 price range (for 4 people), and we had access to the whole apartment, and thus were able to cook for ourselves, saving even more money. Some of the apartments listed on the Airbnb website also provide access to a washer and dryer which was helpful for us mid-trip. Clean socks yo.
Airbnb’s are also great because they let you make a personal connection in the country that you are visiting prior to arriving. This means that you have someone who can give you advice on what the taxi phone numbers are, how to tip, and some of the nearby attractions.
We also used Airbnb for our trip down to St. Lucia and we found this information especially useful because we did not have phone plans. Our hosts were able to provide us with all the information ahead of time, and we just needed to show up in a specific spot to get picked up for any activities that we had planned.
So it is probably fair to say that I find great value in Airbnb’s. If you do your research, and check the ratings, the location, and what the home offers, you should be able to find something that fits within your price range.
But what about Resorts?
This however doesn’t mean that I am suggesting resorts are terrible options. There are some places that you may want to travel to where it is safer to stay in a resort rather than an Airbnb. This is something that you will have to determine while doing your research for the trip. Resorts can provide all-inclusive deals where you have access to food and drinks all for one price. They also can allow you to just book the room, and you pay for food and drinks separately. So they do offer some flexibility.
Resorts also have connections to touring companies, and most of it can be organized at the resort. Meaning if there is a specific activity that you are looking to do, such as a hike or scuba diving, then you might be able to get it all organized without having to leave to resort.
So in a sense, resorts provide incredible convenience, and can make the vacation an easy one. If this is something that you are looking for, then a resort might be a sensible choice.
In essence, it really comes down to where you are travelling and what you want to be doing during your trip. Airbnb’s can be cost effective, but require more research and work in the planning stages of a trip. However, Resorts, while more expensive can provide everything you are looking for in one location.
Another website that I know others have used which is similar to Airbnb is Homeaway. This website offers very similar results to Airbnb, but it is another site you can check when you are looking to rent a house in a city. It also seems to be cost efficient!
I hope you find this information helpful while you are planning your next trip. I personally try to find out if Airbnb has any good options before I look at hotels, but I will compare with other hotels and resorts first before finally deciding to book one. I believe that the more options we have the better when it comes to accommodation!