Saturday, June 7, 2014

Trying Air BnB

Last year at Vida Vegan Con in Portland, OR I met some people who had booked a place to stay through Air Bnb. I don't know what world I had been living in, but I had never heard about this.

For those who are not in the know as I was, Air Bnb is a website where you can find a room, a studio, an apartment or a house to stay in all over the world. The main page offers a place to stay in over 34,000 cities in 190 countries. That covers a lot of choices for travel.

We are new to this, After hearing from another friend who had just booked places to stay during a cross country trip, I got onto the website and started looking at some choices for our upcoming trip to San Diego. We are taking quite the route to get to San Diego, which is typical for our road trips as we plan them around people we can visit and delicious vegan food options we have heard of.

I have to say it's pretty exciting. The profiles of places to stay are well written with plenty of photographs. They include information on whether or not dogs (or cats) are welcome, a map of the location, a way to contact the person offering the space, and reviews from others who have stayed at the property.

I found a couple of places that I thought Mike and I would like and emailed the folks listed as a contact with a couple of questions. For example, at first I didn't know if the dog and cat information meant that the person had dogs and/or cats or that we could bring Suga. The profile states the time frame in which the contact will get back to you and in all three cases I was contacted back well within that time.

So we are booked for our first Air BnB experience! I am pretty excited. A new adventure for us.

If you are interested in checking out a spot for your next trip, here is their website:

I'll let you know how it goes!

Thanks for reading!


  1. my partner and i have a guest cabin on our property and have thought about such services. there is a similar thing for gay men over 40 (why the age thing?) that a friend of mine uses all the time. only thing for us is we are an hours drive from rochester ny and their airport, but for someone driving thru i guess it would work out. we have dogs and encourage our friends that are staying over to bring theirs.

  2. Thanks for reading Fred! Mike and I have thought about purchasing a place near San Diego (where we want to retire) and renting it on Air and VRBO.

  3. Yay, that's exciting! I've been meaning to try Air B&B for ages so I can't wait to read about your experience.

  4. I think I know who those people were! :-)