Having stayed in AirBnbs in over 25 countries, we’re big fans of the concept. What’s better than getting to meet locals, pick their brains for things to see and do in the area, and get a real-feel of the city you’re traveling to by staying where the locals are? From a wasp-infested, powerless, and heatless yurt in northern France in winter to a fish tank-scented room with a quilt covered in swastikas, we’ve certainly had our fair share of terrible (and fantastic!) stays through Airbnb. We’ve found the lemons so you don’t have to. Below are the top 5 we’ve stayed at so far, though our search for the best Airbnb is far from over!
This tiny home comes definitely fits on our top 5 as it was a perfect mix of rustic and modern. Unlike the yurt, this had electricity, a kitchen, and heat. The tiny home itself is just that though – tiny. So if you’re not or if you’re Fezzik then this probably isn’t the place for you. But we absolutely loved it.
Dubrovnik is a gorgeous, historic city rising in popularity thanks to Game of Thrones. Upon arrival our GPS told us to turn right and we’d be at our destination. Yeah, right. That was straight off the cliff. After parking our car, wandering around the winding paths that make up the cliffside town, and asking around for Zoran, we made it to his place. And man were we glad to. The balcony overlooks the sea and the Old Town, so as long as you don’t mind a bit of a hike up from the town this is the perfect place to stay.
If you tell me you didn’t love Oregon Trail as a kid, I will call you a liar. This place lets you live out your Oregon Trail dreams in a much more glamp-y style. With everything you’ll need for the night – plus all the necessities for making s’mores around a campfire right outside your door and some amazing stargazing – this is the place to stay if you’re in Steamboat.
Wales is the middle child of Great Britain: overlooked but obviously leagues ahead of the others. Hay on Wye, often referred to as Hay or the City of Books, is the world’s largest second hand book center and definitely worth a trip if you’re near the England / Wales border. This house in particular backs up to a field full of sheep! And you’re more than welcome to go say hello to them, or walk along the paths through any of the countless other fields, as long as you mind the gate.
While Venice isn’t my favorite Italian city, the host of this Airbnb is one of my favorite Italians! This room is located along a canal in the heart of the city, it’s affordable in a city that gets expensive quickly, and is a fantastic launch pad for your adventures.