My Experience Using Airbnb in 3 Countries

Have you ever used Airbnb? I did for the first time last September and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. I went from never having booked with Airbnb, to using it three times in three different countries over the course of two weeks. Several friends and I traveled to London, Prague and Iceland, and we decided to use Airbnb for all three locations. The prices were more affordable than hotels and it was like having our own little home! Way better than staying at a hostel.

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Terrace in the Prague rental

Here is my experience with three Airbnb rentals in three different countries:

London Rental

The apartment we rented in London was in an incredible location. It overlooked Seven Dials, an area of Covent Garden in the heart of London. If you ever plan on visiting London please check out Covent Garden. All my friends I reunited with agree that it is our favorite area in London. Ben, the man who rented the apartment to us was very easy to work with. Although I didn’t have the opportunity to meet him in person since I was the last of my friends to arrive, he had the apartment in tip top shape for us. If you are looking for a place to stay in London, I recommend this apartment. Five of us stayed here and although quarters were a little tight (2 beds, one sofa and one bathroom) you can’t beat the location and price. The apartment runs for around $300 per night.  

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View from our London rental. Photo Credit: Eva Martin

Prague Rental

Our apartment in Prague had a spectacular view and unique architecture. Although the location wasn’t perfect, we were still only a walk away from the heart of Prague. Our beds felt like clouds and waking up to the beautiful view of the city of 1,000 spires was unforgettable. (Also, the shower was incredible!) Our host, Kamila,  even met us in the morning to allow us to store our luggage in her office during our last day. She gave us a short walking tour of Prague on the way to her office and tips on where to eat and what to see. She was an absolute joy and made us feel at home in a foreign city. 

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The inside of our Prague rental
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Terrace view–how cute it this?
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View from my bed in the morning

Reykjavik Rental

The apartment my cousin, friend and I rented in Reykjavik was so nice I would have stayed there forever if given the chance. Not only was our host the kindest and most helpful woman on the planet (not exaggerating) it was decorated so adorably! The host, Dyrleif, has worked as a set designer, so all of her properties are professionally decorated and it shows. It had everything you could want or need in a rental–including high quality hair products. It was located a block from the main street in Reykjavik and was very clean and comfortable. When I eventually travel back to Iceland, I am so happy to already know where I will be staying! This apartment runs for about $100 on average per night.

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Of course I can only speak for my individual experiences, but depending on the place you are traveling, it may make sense to look into AirBnb! Price-wise it usually comes in above a hostel but below hotels.

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Have you used Airbnb before? What was your experience?

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Erin founded the Wonderlost Travel blog in February of 2015 after her experience of studying abroad in Europe. Erin has had the opportunity to travel throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and parts of South America and Asia. She enjoys writing about and photographing her travel experiences in order to inspire others to get out and follow their travel dreams. She has collaborated with tourism departments, restaurants, and other travel bloggers to share reviews and travel advice with readers in over 100 countries. Erin has a passion for traveling the world to experience other cultures and explore nature!

23 thoughts on “My Experience Using Airbnb in 3 Countries

  1. Reykjavik Rental was so amazing, love the design! I’ve never used Airbnb but I will someday. I’m heading to London next month and definitely will check Covent Garden 🙂

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  2. I absolutely love Airbnb!! That view in Prague looks incredible!! My favourite part about using Airbnb is usually the hosts, they make all the difference! Its such a different experience and I feel like you get more of the local feel. I do like staying in hotels sometimes, but overall I definitely stay in Airbnbs more often. Their customer service is great too!

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  3. I have also used AirBnB, but with a less than ideal experience. As a solo female traveler, you need to be very careful about what you are booking. Check out my post if you are curious (under Travel Tips), but it still leaves me chills thinking about it!

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  4. I’m only new to AirBnB too and absolutely love it! I used airbnb for a trip up to Byron Bay in the middle of last year and had such a great experience. Would def recommend using them too!
    The Reykavik place looks amazing!

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  5. I’ve never used AirBNB before, although I have heard both good and bad things about it (as you can probably expect with most things). The places you stayed in look really nice. I would definitely give AirBNB a try.

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