Airbnb’s are typically people’s homes that are rented out on a daily or weekly basis to various travelers. After arriving at our destinations, we have found that most of the Airbnb’s we have ended up renting are actually owned by businesses who have tapped into a very lucrative market–which isn’t always a bad thing. There are a few differences between renting out someone’s home and renting out from a business.
- We have found that when we have come to someone’s home the appliances work like they are supposed to. These are things that the businesses usually don’t keep track of because they don’t know unless a tenant complains and asks them to fix it. Out of all the things that have not worked, there has only been one time where the company never got back to us to fix the issue. That being said, most companies care enough about the flats they are in charge of and their reputation on Airbnb where they will take care of the issues as soon as they are able to.
- We have found that when you rent out a home through Airbnb, staples such as coffee & tea, sugar, spices, paper goods etc are usually provided for you to use. Most business-run Airbnb’s provide these as well, but not always. We have had a few that pretty much provide a roll of toilet paper and nothing else. So, if you don’t mind spending a few dollars on staple-goods to get you through your stay, ask what they provide before you book. Just remember that they are not required by Airbnb to provide anything that they themselves do not list as a provision in their description.
- When you rent out from a business you have access to the whole place. You don’t have to deal with closed off closets, refrigerators, dressers, and/or bedrooms where the owners have kept their things off limits.
- When you rent someone’s home, it is usually more homey. There are usually more pictures on the walls, maybe some throw blankets, rugs, etc–although sometimes they can be a bit cluttered. The homes we have rented have tended to provide us with really nice extra touches such as breakfast for the next morning, or a dessert or a bottle of wine that that particular part of the world specializes in. This is contrasted with the majority of Airbnb’s we have rented through a company where the place has felt a bit stale and sparse when it comes to the homey touches–although there have been a few that have provided snacks and/or wine upon arrival.
One thing to remember is that one is not better or worse than another, we have just found that they tend to be very different experiences. We have really enjoyed staying in some of the privately owned homes and there have been a few that we have really disliked and this has been the same with the company run Airbnb’s.
Last week my family and I were in Prague. It was a beautiful city but it was cold and rainy. One day we were there we went on a tram to the old part of Prague and we bought tickets for a few exhibits. One exhibit we saw was the church which was SOO beautiful!!!
We also saw the dungeon which was scary. The dungeon has torture weapons that they used back then to kill people. They had a chair with spikes on it and I’ll tell you how it works. So there’s the chair with spikes and someone is sitting on it and there is a strap for your neck with spikes on it too and if you move you would get hurt! I know it’s BRUTAL!!!!!!!!!!
Another exhibit we saw was the armory witch had lots and LOTS of armor they used back then for wars. There were shields, chest plates, boots, swords, helmets and more. We saw a helmet with a weird looking nose protecter! It was HILARIOUS.
The next exhibit we saw was a village. The village was pretty cool but NOT as cool as the others. Anyways the village had rooms with beds and desks. So it was pretty much like a house but a bit different.
When we were all completely done with that we were starving, so we walked to a bookstore/cafe that my mom went to when she was in Bible school. And when our waiter came up he asked if we were ready to order and my dad said yes. I ordered an OREO MILKSHAKE and an American burger…… YUMMY! Then everybody else ordered and then my dad asked the waiter if he came from America because of his accent. He said yeah I come from Boston!! Then I thought to myself that’s crazy because earlier we asked someone to take our picture and they were from Boston also! Then after we paid we left and got back to our AirBNB.
P.S. I’ll tell you about our thanksgiving on a different paper 😛
I was pleasantly surprised by the loveliness of Cheltenham. It’s a quaint little town with a cathedral-polka-dotted skyline full of shops, row-houses, parks, and pathways. It’s a town that gives off a sort of enchanted feeling, for as you stroll around the narrow streets, it’s easy to go back in time and picture people of old shopping, wandering, laughing and playing along those same streets.
Pittville Park was the highlight for my kiddos. With a huge children’s play area and a small animal refuge center (by small, I mean there are 3-4 cages with chickens, birds, and a rabbit) my kiddos were in heaven. They also have a small cafe, which is perfect for parents and/or caretakers who want to sit and enjoy a hot cup of coffee and relax while their children expend their energy on the swings, obstacle courses, zip-line, or climbing ropes.
Because we visited mid-November, some of the shops were getting ready for Christmas. This means Christmas decorations go up, lights are everywhere, and the holiday cheer is beginning to spread. This also means that I was in my element. The Christmas season is my favorite time of year, so seeing lights and decorations go up makes me happy and giddy.
I would love to go back to Cheltenham when the days are a bit longer and the weather is a bit warmer. Despite the chilliness of weather and that it was dark by 4pm, I think it just may be up there in my top-favorite cities we have visited.