First off, you should know, this isn't an ad. AirBNB has no clue I am writing this and I won't receive money from this (though, if you use this referral link, you get $40 off your first stay of $75 or more and I'll get a little travel credit for future AirBNB stays myself - and after you stay, you can get a referral link, too). I'm posting this because I get a lot of questions about the service.
Secondly, I'm a realist. I'm also a bargain hunter of some renown - after all, back in the introductory years of Priceline I did manage my share of four star hotels for $15 a night and I collect all the hotel points I can towards free stays. For my AirBNB hunting, I keep an open mind. I'm usually looking into these sort of accommodations in situations where a points-friendly hotel or Arkansas State Park lodging option is just not convenient to where I am going.
With that in mind, here are some of the places where I've stayed.
Wyndham Branson for just $40 a night. Being able to have separate bedrooms is a blessing on a generational trip, and having the comfort of a location where I can use a
Even during the season, $80 a night is a remarkable rate for a Branson-area condo, and being at a Worldmark by Wyndham in a secluded area off the Strip is a real blessing.
two nights 900 feet from the beach was all of $75.
For the most part, I have looked into the Entire Home bookings for AirBNB. I'm a rather private person and - especially when I am working on a project or an assignment - I tend to want to be independent and left to my own devices. A recent event we attended at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park in Memphis left me scrambing for something close to the park yet affordable. The temperature was forecast to be quite chilly and I wasn't quite up to roughing it in a tent.
When AirBNB came on the scene a few years ago, I wondered whether it was something that I'd be able to work into my lifestyle. It requires a great deal of trust. I'm the sort of person that's nervous abut asking someone if I could crash on their couch (I don't want to put anyone out) and the initial presentation of the service seemed to fit that format. Instead, it's offered a lovely framework for connecting available space, folks looking to raise a little money towards their own goals and travelers like me who want to be able to explore and share the world around them without going bust.
There's my thoughts on the matter. Have questions? Feel free to share them in the comments.