As I mentioned in my last post, I wanted to tell you about my budget weekend trip fail. If you have been following my blog for a while, you know that I like to share with you how I experience different things on a budget. But if you’re new, you can check out a couple of posts I’ve written about previous budget trips to New York and Barcelona.
I am normally good at planning budget trips. I read as many reviews as I can, view all associated pictures, and compare as much as I can. For my last trip to New York, I decided to stay in another Airbnb to save money since the events I was going to were expensive. The homes I typically stay at using Airbnb are great, but I had a whole new experience this time.
This was, by far the largest Airbnb I have stayed in, to date. It was on the bottom floor of a brownstone, had a full kitchen, a bathroom, a walk-in closet, and a washer and dryer. When I came back to my Airbnb after my event the first night, I was greeted by a small, unexpected roommate. While I could not necessarily blame my host for the little roommate, I also could not stay there another day.
I talked to Airbnb about my situation, and they were able to work with my host to get me a refund for my stay. Everyone involved was so understanding and helpful during the situation. However, I had nowhere to stay for the rest of the weekend. With the help of my mother, I was able to find a hotel in Tribeca where I used her points to offset the bill. The good news was that it was so much closer to the events than my Airbnb was, but the bad news was that I had to pay $500+ (which I didn’t have) for the hotel. In hindsight, I should have just found a place in Manhattan to stay so I wouldn’t have to travel so far to my events. But you know, hindsight is 20/20.
My advice for you, when planning a budget trip, is to also think logically. Sometimes to save money, you have to pay a little bit more. In my case, it was better for me to pay a little bit more for a hotel so that I didn’t have to travel as far to get to my events. Will I stay in another Airbnb in the future? Absolutely. I’m not going to let this one experience, out of the many times I used Airbnb, deter me from saving money when I travel. I will, however, not stay in another basement of a home in New York lol And as I mentioned before, the support staff at Airbnb and the host were extremely helpful in the matter.
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