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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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Zip Lines For The Adrenaline Junkie

We talked to our travel team and came up with our favorite zip line adventures around the globe so you can keep on zipping you crazy zipper!

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     Riding on a zip line is the thrill of a lifetime. There is nothing quite like jumping off and feeling the wind rushing through your hair as you propel over various bridges or trees. No matter where, you’re bound to feel like a true superhero. We talked to our travel team and came up with our favorite zip line adventures around the globe so you can keep on zipping!

Zip World Velocity
     If you find yourself in Wales then be on the lookout for the longest zip line in all of Europe. This thing travels along 1,600 yards… you will definitely be getting your money’s worth here. You will take a long, effortless ride over beautiful mountains and water, glazing over many beautiful sites. We suggest you have a convenient camera handy. If that sounds too big for you, they have a smaller version available to you as well. You can still get your thrills without freaking.

El Monstruo
     Puerto Rico is home to many great zip lines but none better than “El Monstruo,” translating to “The Monster” in English. This is officially the longest zip line in the world according to the Guinness World Record books. This line is astoundingly 8,300 feet long so you will be zipping on down for over a mile. Jungles are cool, especially when you get to experience them from a bird’s eye view, literally! You will be one fast bird too, considering this ride gets up to speeds of 95 mph so if you’re looking for a serious thrill then this is the one for you.

Cloudscraper
     Thrillseekers beware, the Cloudscraper is scarier than you may think. This zip line is super high up and will definitely make the hair on the back of your neck stand up when you take in the whole experience. You will get a beautiful view of the incredible Royal Gorge as you fly overhead. You’ll feel a lot like Wile E. Coyote right after making a wrong turn, except you won’t fall when you look down, you’ll just scream in ecstasy as you enjoy your fantastic ride.

Zipflyer
     When most people think about Nepal they don’t think about the awesome thrill-seeking adventures they can partake in besides climbing Everest. Well, maybe Everest will soon take a back seat to zip-lining thanks to the Zipflyer in the Himalayas. This zip line is unique because you will partake in a 2,000-foot vertical drop that will leave you squealing with delight. You better be an adrenaline junky if you want to take this zip line on because it is for sure to shock and amaze you all the way down.


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Souvenirs That Won’t Cost A Thing

Spend all of your money on traveling safely then use these tips to take home some free or practically free souvenirs that are great mementos from your fantastic vacation that you can hold onto for a lifetime.

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     Traveling costs money. We all spend so much on airline tickets, lodging, as well as destination and touring costs. Rarely do we plan on saving enough money to buy souvenirs. Don’t bother skimping on your lodging or flight just so you can buy some souvenirs. Make sure you’re staying somewhere safe so that you make it to that lodging safely… and in one piece. So, we recommend spending all of your money on traveling safely. Therefore, rather than buying pointless purchased items, use these tips to take home some free or practically free souvenirs that are great mementos from your fantastic vacation that you can hold onto for a lifetime. 

Photos

     You’re going to take dozens of photos when you’re on a trip – those evoke many more memories than some small tchotchke you buy at a shop. A refrigerator magnet is not worth 1,000 words. In fact, it’s worth about 2 words, refrigerator, and magnet. A photo, however, reminds you of your memorable trip. Plus, there’s typically a far more interesting story behind it compared to the refrigerator magnet. People will much rather look at your photos than your magnets and your trip will seem a whole lot more dazzling when you show them. 

Postcards

     Postcards are photos that have been taken by another party but have already been printed for your convenience. Postcards aren’t free but they cost hardly anything and they’re sturdy enough meaning there’s a strong chance they’ll survive the trip back home. If you buy a vase or something similar, odds are that it’ll break when you attempt to transport it home. Further, the designs in foreign countries are very unique – making it very different compared to whats at home.

Sand and Seashells

     Talk about cheap! Filling a zip lock bag with sand and shells is the cheapest souvenir possible. You may feel a little funny spending a day on your vacation scooping sand into a bag, but once you get home and throw the sand and shells in a jar you will be left with a beautiful memento from your trip that will surely be the envy of all of your friends. 

Ticket Stubs

     You’re going to go see these wonderful sites and shows while on vacation anyway. So why not save your ticket stubs so you have a free piece to not only remember your historic trip to the museum, theater, or concert? Ticket stubs make great mementos and are often linked with some of the most memorable moments of your trip. Therefore, save the stubs and bring them home. All of these souvenirs are way more meaningful than ones you can buy in stores, anyways.


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Enjoy New York City – For Free?

Take in the sights and sounds of New York City without paying a dime!

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     New York City is easily one of the most expensive cities in the world, but you don’t have to make your trip expensive. You can enjoy the locale like a local and have a blast in the Big Apple… for free. It may sound impossible but you can certainly enjoy it for free! This magical city is composed of fun activities and events that won’t require a single dime.

Museums

     Several museums in New York offer patrons free entry a few days a month. New York is known for its incredible museums, full of culture and classic works of art, but often they carry a hefty price tag. If you know where to look, you can find out that most of these museums offer free or heavily discounted rates. Keep your eye out for these free culture passes.

Art Galleries

     Most art galleries in New York are free to enter because they want people to browse in order to make a sale. It must feel great to faux art shop in Chelsea. Within a 10 block radius are some of the best art galleries in all of New York, so check out 18th to 28th streets between 10th and 11th avenues. 

Public Parks

     New York is known for maintaining spectacular public parks and we aren’t just talking about Central Park. Urban parks have incredible sculptures and statues, while others feature fountains and playgrounds. All are free. Take your kids to the Washington Square Park fountain or Jacqueline Onassis Reservoir in Central Park. These parks are here for your pleasure… enjoy them!

Free Ferries

     Get out there and see The Statue of Liberty for free by taking a free ferry. The ferry runs from lower Manhattan to Staten Island every 20 minutes and takes passengers pretty close to Ellis Island and old lady liberty herself. Best yet… you don’t have to stay in Staten Island, just get off and back on the ferry and head back to the city. You can get amazing pictures of The Statue of Liberty from the deck.

  

Iconic Sightseeing

     There aren’t better places in the world to just walk around and sightsee. The city’s oversized buildings surround some of the most iconic sights you will ever see, so check out the city. Only a few buildings charge to get to the top but many times you can find views for free. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge or checkout times square. The busier the attraction, the more there are to see.


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