When we were planning our trip to Paris last month, one of the things that I really wanted was to stay in a quaint Parisian neighborhood. I also knew I wanted to stay somewhere charming, and I didn’t want to spend a ton on the place we were staying, because I knew we would hardly be there. (I’d rather spend our trip budget on food and activities, priorities people.) Craig and I decided to book a small apartment in Montmartre through AirBNB and it was such a great way to go.
The apartment we rented for the week was right in the middle of a bunch of small cafes and bistros, and we got to say bonjour to half a dozen Parisians every morning as we made our way down the stairs and out to the street. The windows in the apartment opened out onto a charming little courtyard, and in the evenings, when we had them wide open, French conversation floated up into the room from below. In the mornings, we walked right out the door and bought a crepe at the stand across the street, and then ate them as we made our way down the cobblestone sidewalks to the metro stop. It felt like a tiny taste of what it might be like to actually live in Paris. And it was perfect. Just what I wanted it to be.
I think AirBNB is still kind of a mystery, or at least something people are nervous to try, so I thought I would share a few reasons why it’s a great option and also some tips for a successful stay, since we’ve used it several times now and have had really great experiences. I also thought it might be helpful with the holiday travel season coming up, because it’s a great way to save money on a fantastic place to stay.