A Different Way To Travel: Renting Apartments

Sunday May 5, 2013 | Lifestyle Travel

When traveling, sometimes renting and staying in a private apartment can provide much needed space and a breath of fresh air.

My recent trip to Amsterdam was the first time that I stayed in an apartment rental. And the experience proved to be very pleasant and comfortable.

We booked an apartment through Airbnb. It’s a site which lists rental apartments and houses in thousands of cities around the world. You can use the site to list your own space for rent, or you can use it to book a place before you travel.

Depending on your circumstances and your travel style, renting an apartment can be better in many ways than staying at a hotel. Though I must say, it’s not necessarily cheaper.

But I like staying in private apartments because…

  • First of all… you get to see how other real people live. And you can get a local perspective on that particular city. Since I’m such a nosy rosy, this is something that’s definitely my style!
  • Second, it feels much more homey. The apartment provides the usual comforts of home, like a well-equipped kitchen, a washing machine, a dining table, a balcony and garden (if you’re lucky), and sometimes pretty cool neighbors!
  • Third, when you’re booking the apartment, you’re dealing with the people who live in that house and in that area. So they will know how to give you personalized advice on things to do and things to avoid.

Renting an apartment makes sense if you’re staying somewhere for a while. Say two-weeks, or up to a couple of months. Or if you’re traveling in a large group, like with your family or group of friends, and you can easily split the cost amongst yourselves.

Our hosts were a very friendly couple who graciously accommodated our visit. They met us to hand over the apartment keys, and left us with a little booklet filled with instructions and a guide to the city. Then, for the next three days, we had the apartment entirely to ourselves.

I was the one who ended up picking the apartment on Airbnb. I chose it for its spaciousness and clean, minimalist decor.

For me, this place really did feel like a home away from home!

Welcome

Comfy Couch

uch as with your family, or group of friends.

Welcoming Willows

Who Dat

Dresser

Bedroom 1

Bedroom 2

Learn More About This Apartment On Airbnb

Have you traveled and stayed in a rented apartment before? If not, would it be something you’d like to try?

10 Responses to “A Different Way To Travel: Renting Apartments”

  1. Jen says:

    This sounds like a great option. I had not heard of this website before, but will definitely have to check it out before every trip from now on! Thanks!

  2. Tacey says:

    Way cool! We do Airbnb in our home and I love it!

  3. Julia says:

    LOL the surprised/confused look on your boyfriends face reminds me of a cat meme for some reason. I love staying in apartments when I travel, all of your points are exactly why more people should do it. It’s so nice to have a stocked fridge instead of having to eat out for every meal, plus I think it’s fun to go to the store and see what unique products are in there and try them.

    • Kareen says:

      Hi Julia! Haha, I mentioned your analogy of the cat meme to my boyfriend and he was rather amused. Yeah, that’s another great reason to stay in an apartment! You get to shop in the markets for food and get to feel like you’re one of the locals, if only for a brief time.

  4. Emilia says:

    Do you need a roomie :)

  5. I agree with you , I love to stay private .Its privacy and like my bedroom. The desing of your apartment is very simple but It’s very liveable.

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