by astanhaus

Airbnb is my travel lifesaver because as we all know—especially after the holiday season—traveling is not cheap.

In Airbnb’s own words, “Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.”

I’m an audience member clapping and shouting “Bravo!”

There is a range of options (entire castles to a shared room), but how I see it, Airbnb is cheaper than a hotel, classier than a hostel.

I am able to search by neighborhood, type of room (please ladies, do not select shared room), and price point. (Psst…don’t take the prices as given…negotiate.) I can also read up on the host’s bio and reviews. And if all look good, then I can see the availability on the listing’s calendar.

Upon arrival, I pretty much have an automatic new friend, who takes me around the neighborhood introducing me to the hip places & people.

Thank you Airbnb for being awesome and making accommodations accessible!

(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy blog: XO, Bettie.)