Feels like home…
I’m writing this prior to my trip to Paris with a special someone from London (“medium-distance relationship”, as he calls it) and thought that I could offer some advice on finding accommodation. If you think that hotels are too expensive and hostels make you at least a little bit uncomfortable, I’m on the same boat.
What misadventure did I get up to?
When I went on a 2-week Eurotrip last summer, I was prepared to spend more money because there was no way I wanted to share bathrooms with 6 other people. To reduce the cost a little bit, I booked hotel rooms that are non-refundable – really big mistake because I had to cancel Zurich, a relatively expensive city, from my trip. Definitely not a happy ending because I was not a happy bunny when that booking option backfired.
The solution to these problems:
Luckily, I was referred to this website, Airbnb. It’s kind of like an eBay for accommodation, where the community post up their apartments, rooms in houses, and even castles that are available for rent for as short as one night. You will find a comparison between hotels and Airbnb here using the cities I visited during my Eurotrip, which shows that it is cheaper and more convenient, with a refund policy for users.
Make sure you use my special link and you can get a £15 or $25 discount on your first booking on Airbnb.
HowToUnii is an international student guide website – I created it when I went to France to study abroad and realised a few tricks off the books to make life easier, cheaper and more fun to be living in another country.