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Friday, May 21, 2010

Airbnb

Alex and I often rent houses when we go on vacation. It's fun to meet the homeowners, you instantly feel like a local, and rentals are typically more budget-friendly than hotels. We usually find places through HomeAway or vrbo, but I just discovered the vacation rental website airbnb, and I'm officially obsessed. I've spent an embarrassing amount of time lately browsing through their listings and daydreaming about future trips. I'm especially loving the majestic homes in the Hudson Valley, maybe for a little family getaway this summer!

(Thanks, Yolanda)

87 comments:

13bees said...

great tip! xo

Melissa Blake said...

How fun!!

Joanna Goddard said...

megan, it's AMAZING, you guys will LOVE!

Diana Mieczan said...

That house looks so lovely...We usually rent too...Its so much more fun this way....I always feel like I live there....The last time we went to Prague and we got this amazing apartment which looked like a loft...It felt like home:)
Kisses and enjoy your day:)

Mariel Torres said...

i don't know why but this place kind of reminds me of the setting for pride and prejudice... absolutely beautiful!

Mrs. Limestone said...

Why oh why did you show me this? As if I don't already spend far too much money on traveling now you are making me want to add a whole new set of destinations to the list!

eleanor said...

my mother is in europe for her first time at the moment with her sister and they are renting little apartments and houses too. so much more personal than hotels!

this one is beautiful, would make for an amazing holliday!

lauren haupt said...

Oooh - we're looking for a place to stay in Montreal for the beginning of September - I would much rather get an apartment, thank you!

Julie said...

I want to stay in the boot house! All of these places looks so fun/homey-my wanderlust is only getting worse!

This Must Be The Place Blog said...

My boyfriend an I just spend 2 weeks in Paris and stayed at an apartment through airbnb. Amazing experience! Can't recommend it enough!

Ashley Lynn Fry said...

Sounds good to me! I agree it is super fun to meet the homeowners & feel so welcomed.

Thanks for sharing this, I will def be using it as a resource in the future.

xo

amynicole said...

Great tip! Thanks for this information! I had no idea!

Shannon said...

this is beautiful! love love the little pond so pretty would be so lovely to go somewhere like this on vacation, much love.x

ampersandity said...

this is so cool! thanks for sharing. my husband & i always want to do a house swap with someone in NY, but we're afraid no one would want to swap with our tiny little apt in OC! this is a good alternative for us :]

Dressing On The Side said...

vrbo has given us a home in Santa Barbara and a beach house in Santa Cruz...and now a new site to wish and dream of wonderful vacations.

kris said...

I found Airbnb a few weeks ago and rented a large home in Seattle for my husband & I, and our children to all meet for a vacation. I am so excited! Glad to hear it was a good experiance for you.

Nadine2point0 said...

Next summer our closest friends (3 other couples) and we are planning to rent a house in Italy or Spain. If we go as a family some other time (husband/2 sweeties) we plan on just doing a house exchange. Our historic city here is quite attractive here for tourists: 6 hours from you, 3 to Montreal, 2 to Toronto and on Lake Ontario. Friends of ours do it all the time with upscale homes and it totally beats other options - get a car, immersed in a village, yadda yadda.
That place you have a photo of on this post would be perfect ;)

have a good weekend

LiveLikeYou said...

Thanks for the tip. I usually go to vrbo. But will check this one out. What a gorgeous place!

The Cottage Cheese said...

Great tip, I haven't seen this site before. I much prefer staying in a house too. We found both the house where we got married and the cute "little house" where we've stayed three times - both on Cedar Key - through vrbo. Now I'm dreaming of vacation (as if I needed more reason to). Have a fabulous weekend Joanna!

Caroline of Salsa Pie said...

OH WOW! My grandfather is from that area. It's so beautiful...

I'll have to check out the site--thanks for the link. We too like to rent houses when we take a vacation, which is becoming less and less frequent with 3 small children and one more on the way..

megan said...

On a totally different note - I'm sad of course that you are leaving Glamour.com but so excited for you to be able to spend time with your little one. I wish I'd had more time (I only took 3 1/2 months, my husband then took paternity leave) and it was very, very hard to leave him! So, good luck with all your new adventures, but most of all, good luck at the birth and so excited for you to meet your new guy!

Joanna Goddard said...

thank you so much, megan. that's really sweet and i so appreciate your note. xo

rachel thurston said...

I have loved using HomeAway and vrbo and can't wait to now try airnb out! Thanks for the insider scoop! xo.

Penny said...

I love Airbnb! We had actually booked a flight to London for September and were planning on renting an apartment using this site...then I found out that I was pregnant and due 5 days before our flight. I agree with all your reasoning around renting places when traveling.

Kristin said...

ooh... i just love the early planning stages of taking a trip. when the sky is wide open and you just start dreaming up the details... where? when? what to wear? tee hee :-)

Have a great weekend, Joanna!

Stacey said...

Great info!

Tanya (a Taste of T) said...

Rental houses are really fun. I'll have to check out this site. Thanks for the tip!

Courtney. said...

My neighbors are Airbnb hosts, and my boyfriend and I have considered doing the same if our roommate ends up moving out. It's always fun to meet their guests, and we will hopefully be utilizing it in the future as well!

Meg said...

that is SO neat! i didn't know anything like this existed.. thanks for sharing!

kristina - no penny for them said...

what a fabulous tip - thanks so much!

p.s.: browsed the satorialist this morning and noticed you liked the berlin dancer's tote. it's from a small, very cool shop entirely dedicated to magazines, called "do you read me?!", i love going there. don't know if they still sell those totes though... http://www.doyoureadme.de/

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LuxuriousLife said...

I will check this out. I am new to the world of blogs and blogging and am finding all kinds of inspiration!! Hope I am giving some back as well!! Thanks!!

The French said...

I absolutely agree. Renting houses is almost always the way to go. We went to Negril last year with a group of friends and rented a beautiful house right on the beach near the center of town. It was secluded enough, yet we had easy access to the people, the city and the culture. We ventured up the rode to a few "Travel and Leisure" places for drinks and although gorgeous, there was no sense of where we were...as if you could be anywhere in the Caribbean. And maybe some people love that, but I like to experience a country or a city through the people. Whatever lifts your luggage, I guess. Will bookmark that site for future trips. Thanks!

JBeaudetStudios said...

That sounds like so much fun! Thank you for the tip! I'm going to go dream for a while now! Take care! Jennifer:)

Melony said...

LOVE the airbnb site! Thanks for sharing!!

piccola samurai said...

My cottage is on Airbnb!!!! If you wish to relax in the sunny sicilian sun, in the countryside near Noto, check us out!!!!
It's really a great site, next time I travel I will for sure use it!

Spiralstyle said...

Thanks for the tip. We are looking for an apartment in Paris for Christmas. We did it 2 years ago and it was amazing. I rent my Bahamas house on vrbo #188123. Check it out if you want a very relaxing, get away.

Michelle said...

Thanks for sharing these sites!

Afton said...

We recently used Airbnb for our stay in New York, since we didn't want to trouble our friends to let us stay in their teeny apartments for 5 days. Totally recommended.

melly said...

What helpful links! I surf HomeAway once in awhile and dream way too much time away. I got that link from you too :D So thanks!

Anonymous said...

Joanna, I want to like you but posts like this make it really hard.

junebug said...

Oh, man. I've planned 7 vacations in the last hour. Best site ever. Thanks for sharing!

Mackenzie {Design Darling} said...

thanks for the tip! a hudson valley family getaway sounds divine.

stephanie said...

thanks for the recommendation! i use vrbo, so this will be a good little change :)

Carmel said...

I rented an apartment in East Village NYC last year through AirBnB. The BEST! I could not have afforded hotel prices and felt I truly lived the New York life for the days I was there. Thoroughly recommend this site. I will be using it again.
Carmel

drawing tablet said...

I aways love the sites you recommend, so I know I'll be spending some time on this one, even though I'm not on the market for vacation rentals.

Jay said...

This is so uncanny--last week, my friends and I booked the very place in these photos for a long weekend upstate in July!

I've also used airbnb.com to book abroad. It's just fantastic.

maria said...

first time see your blog and i like it. the pictures are great. just today my friend was telling me about the website "airbnb" since we're planing my husband and i to go to Rome,but i find difficult to search for something not expensive.i was tired of searching for hotels on the web.
regards

Laura said...

Neat, I'll check, it out! Home or apartment rental is great for our family- a little more space and a kitchen so you don't have to eat our all the time if you don't want to. Laura in Ludwigsburg

Ashley Izsak said...

Great site - we were going to book our usual Park Hyatt in Toronto but instead booked a great little loft through airbnb! http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/8662 Thanks!!

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I also prefer renting a house for vacation. It has some special climate, I am much more relaxed than at the hotel or a noisy vacation resort. The photos you posted are so beautiful, what a lovely place!!!

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Oh, man. I've planned 7 vacations in the last hour. Best site ever. Thanks for sharing!

Annie said...

Love the pics! Hope you make that trip to a gorgeous place in the Hudson Valley :)

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Beware of Airbnb!

This site has taken off like wild fire but be aware of the risks. Behind the pretty facade there's little real structure or organisation. They do not offer any sort of protection and are not interested in helping resolve problem situations. And problem situations will come up believe me, in which case you are on your own. I have had a terrible experience with them. Following a failed reservation I was left out nearly $1000 and Airbnb just walked away. Be aware of what you're getting into. These people are just out to make money on your back.

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The house looks splendid! It's one of the best looking estate houses that I've ever seen.

We also rent houses whenever our family is on vacation. When we went to NYC, short term apartments have been a convenient option. It has home like features that are not present in traditional hotels. I also favor the plush designs that reflect the cosmopolitan nature of the big apple.

Thanks for sharing!

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The ambiance surrounding the house looks relaxing. The green mist is very much calming. And it rejuvenates the body and soul! I wish I could go there as soon as I am done with my bright-lights-experience here in NYC, short term apartment made me stay longer here. It made me think, I should definitely try one of those vacation apartments! New York City brought me a lot of fun and that kind of scenery would surely bring me a relaxing moment after my city light leisure.

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Oh my gosh - I am so THRILLED I came across this old post - Air BNB is one of my good friends' companies, and they are blowing up! Have you used their app? It's beautiful!

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