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What To Choose – An Airbnb Or A Classic Hotel?

  

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Summer is here folks and that means one thing, you are due for a vacation. Hopefully, you have already narrowed down your destination and now it’s time to pick accommodations. With the advent of home-sharing websites like Airbnb and VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner), we all have so many more choices of where to stay. Its no longer picking out the best hotel, now it’s choosing the best accommodations for you and what you want out of your vacation.

From castles to unique studio apartments all the way to shared group rooms, these home-sharing sites offer more variety than ever before. All this variety can actually be a nuisance, making planning a vacation that much harder. Does Airbnb offer the same experience; safety and cleanliness that you are guaranteed form a 5-star hotel? Let’s explore the major differences between Airbnb and hotels and see which one fits your needs the best.

 

Experience

Hotels are often sterile and similar no matter where you travel to so if the experience is what you crave, Airbnb may be better for you. These home-sharing sites offer unique experiences that hotels just can’t. Imagine staying in a castle vs a hotel, which one sounds more enticing?

I enjoy staying at both and I think it all depends on what kind of vacation you want. If you are looking for cookie cutter amenities, brochures in the lobby of local attractions and free shuttle transports, then hotels are obviously your choice. However, if you need more personal touches, handwritten notes form your host and some of the most interesting accommodations, then Airbnb is for you.

 

Quality

Quality usually varies depending on price and location. Hotels can range from fleabags to ultra luxury and it all depends on how much you are willing to fork over. Same goes for Airbnb, that’s what makes choosing so hard. If you want quality, you will have to pay for it.

To alleviate the problem of quality variation, do your research. Check out recent reviews of both the local hotels and local Airbnbs, this should give you a great reading of the quality levels.

 

Price

Price ranges can vary and both hotels and Airbnb can be affordable. I personally have found incredible Airbnbs for less than a $100 a night and I can’t really say that about hotels. Airbnb may seem cheaper at first but many times they have hidden fees like cleaning fees and of course Airbnb’s service charge, which is usually $15 per night. Your best bet is to research around and find a few options and chose between them.

 

Safety

Safety is many people’s number one concern and I totally understand that. Airbnb doesn’t have to adhere to the strict health guidelines of hotels so that is something to think about. That’s why reading the recent reviews is so important, seeing others experiences can tell you a lot. Airbnb actually processes all transactions 24 hours after your stay there, just in case anything happens, so that’s good.

Hotels are generally considered safer but that only applies to the larger chains.

 

Choosing between an Airbnb and a hotel really comes down to personal preference. The key is to do your research and figure out which is best for you and your family. Happy vacation planning and hope you find the perfect accommodations.


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Traveling Across All 7 Continents in a Wheelchair

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For many, traveling across all 7 continents is an ultimate goal. For Cory Lee who is also a traveler, however, it’s his most fervent wish. So, he found a way to reach his dream destinations.

A Traveler with Skeletal Muscle Atrophy

Lee has been using a wheelchair ever since he was 4 years old. Diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disease that causes weakness and skeletal muscle atrophy, Lee was raised by his single mother who was a teacher. He says that he developed his love for traveling because of the numerous road trips they did together across the US.

Visiting Antarctica before Covid Travel Restrictions

Right before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lee and his mother were able to visit the last continent on his list, Antarctica.

In his interview with “Good Morning America,” Lee shares that the trip “was surreal. There were icebergs, mountains of ice, penguins. It was everything you would imagine and more. I was moved to tears.”

Advice on Travel Essentials

When asked about how he got to execute those trips despite being in a wheelchair, Lee shares that traveling in a wheelchair requires systematic and extensive planning. He adds that his recent Antarctica trip was already booked 2 years prior. He said that each trip needed in-depth research of what various tour companies had to offer including the possible destinations he and his mother could go to and the transportation required to those places.

To help other travelers who may want to visit those destinations, Lee began writing a travel blog, “Curb Free by Cory Lee,” enlisting all the travel essentials based on his travel experiences.

He shares that, out of the 37 nations he visited, Morocco and Antarctica are his best choices. Lee mentions that he did not really have “high expectations of Morocco but the alleyways of Marrakesh, the snake charmers, it blew me away.”

Traveling on a Wheelchair

Lee insists that traveling while using a wheelchair is entirely possible. Doing in-depth research helps people discover the multitudinous conveniences that travel companies have to offer. To further encourage younger travelers to start their own dream destinations list, Lee launches his new children’s book entitled “Let’s Explore with Cor Cor.”

The book narrates the story of a young boy who travels the world using his power wheelchair. Lee asserts that children must not only learn about the different travel destinations but also about those who may be entirely different from them.

Lee’s book was released on 26 July which coincided with the 30th anniversary of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) which was successfully passed after he was born.

Limitless Possibilities

In closing, Lee shares that “traveling to all seven continents wasn’t something I was sure was going to be possible, but if you stay determined and keep a positive attitude, the opportunities are limitless.” Indeed, having a disability does not prevent anyone from reaching their goals. Travel restrictions are not solely based on the present quarantine measures practiced all around the world. They can include personal issues that may prevent easy mobility, as well. Nonetheless, Lee serves as a credible inspiration for everyone as he points out that nothing can really stop us if we persevere and continue to reach for our dreams—and our desired destinations.

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Get Paid To Visit The U. S. Virgin Islands In 2017

The U. S. Virgin Islands are a tropical paradise. A place to lounge on the beach with a tropical drink, the wind blowing through your hair. You wouldn’t think they would have to pay people to take a vacation there. Not for a lack of…

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The U. S. Virgin Islands are a tropical paradise. A place to lounge on the beach with a tropical drink, the wind blowing through your hair. You wouldn’t think they would have to pay people to take a vacation there. Not for a lack of tourists, but to honor the 100th anniversary of becoming a U. S. Territory, the islands are offering visitors $300 to spend exploring. Money you can use to go hiking, kayaking, swimming and eating your way through the Virgin Islands. Those visiting in the month of March, the month of the Centennial, will receive a commemorative souvenir. 

How do you get the $300? All you have to do is go to  VisitUSVI.com and book a three-night minimum stay at one of the participating hotels on St. John, St. Croix or St. Thomas. The Department of Tourism will then send you $300 in credits that you can use like cash at any of the participating locations. There are many participating locations including museums, food tours and eco-tours where you can use the credits like cash on anything you buy, up to and including the full retail prices. The idea is to get you to explore, and learn about this piece of the West Indies. The Department of Tourism has all sorts of events planned to commemorate the centennial, and with the added incentive of $300 to spend while you are there, 2017 is the year to visit the U. S. Virgin Islands.

 

 

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2017’s Newest Travel Trends Revealed

How exciting, a new year and 12 whole months of travel possibilities, I’m ready for the new travel trends. Where are we going to go and what the heck are we going to don once we get there?   We can say goodbye to eco-tourism as…

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How exciting, a new year and 12 whole months of travel possibilities, I’m ready for the new travel trends. Where are we going to go and what the heck are we going to don once we get there?   We can say goodbye to eco-tourism as the hottest trend on the travel block, 2017 has some interesting stuff in store for us.

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European Islands

It’s nice that the exotic, far-flung islands had their pinnacle in 2016, because those well-known hot spots are now over with. They aren’t over and done, they just aren’t the hottest spots anymore. If you want to go to Turks and Caicos, I won’t stop you, but you won’t be considered elite anymore. If you want that true baller experience in 2017, you will have to go to one of the small, unknown European islands, like Pantelleria or Naxos. Naxos is a Greek island, not Santorini or Mykonos, so its lesser known. Check it out if you are interested in divine local cuisine and a fresh take on island life. 

Meanwhile, also in the Mediterranean Sea, Pantelleria is in Italy, between Sicily and Tunisia. Made famous by Giorgio Armani who has a home there, this unknown island is going to be real hot this year. These future hot spots are favorable because of their anonymity and prestige.

 

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Food Resorts

The clear-cut winner for travel trends this year is Food Resorts focusing on farm-to-table and ocean-to-plate menus. These resorts are hiring the best chefs, sourcing from the most local and fresh producers and satiating all their guests’ wildest cuisine dreams. This trend is following food trends all over the globe, where diners want the freshest and healthiest foods prepared by world-class chefs.

Check out Kittitian Hills in St. Kitts, for some top notch locally sourced cuisine. They have their own organic gardens, livestock and even use goats to cut their grass, talk about grass roots.

Another real winner at food resorts is Bellevue Hotel in Croatia, where the entire flat roof has been turned into a usable garden.

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I’m on a Boat

The comedy group Lonely Island said it best, “I’m on a boat, Bitch!” Everyone wants to go sailing or party on a yacht, but until now that kind of lifestyle has been unaffordable. Thanks to an adventure-travel company, Intrepid Travel, being on a boat is everyone’s business. They are offering affordable sailing adventures to amazing destinations for a fraction of the former price.   Live like the one percent with their weeklong sailing tours, through remote destinations like the Zanzibar archipelago.   Snorkel in exotic locals, sip champagne on yachts and ball out like Lebron James on your budget.  These trends are getting exciting and making me want to travel now.

 

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Resorts simplified

Resorts are stripping down to the bare essentials and focusing more on relaxation and pampering instead of opulence and luxury. Gone are the clunky cluttered hotel rooms and instead rooms are adorned with just a huge comfortable bed. Expect restaurants to simplify their menus and only offer eth freshest and most delectable items. These new luxury standards should catch on and help with the enormous waste that these resorts create.

 

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Polar Excursions

People are tiring of the same old beach resort or mountain cabin; instead travelers in this New Year are opting for more extreme locals. Welcome the new polar adventures, where vacationers will face the harsher climates for a more rewarding excursion. Glaciers are a huge destination in 2017, as people realize that with global warming, many of these destinations won’t be around for long. Get those snow mobiles warmed up and make sure you have warm clothing, because 2017 just got interesting. Cruises are now setting course for the Arctic Circle, as adventurers want that polar ice cap experience.  Polar travel will include penguins, polar bears and the exquisite Northern Lights.

 

2017 is starting off with a bang, so set your travel destinations and make travel happen.

 

 

 

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