My TOP 5 unique Airbnb & homestay experiences

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Airbnb houses and homestay accommodations are a brilliant idea for the travel lovers around the world. It provides a reasonable price range and more than that, it connects the locals and travelers in a modern and convenient way. I’m a travel addict and I love searching for rooms that make my trip more unforgettable. Here are my top 5 Airbnb/homestay experiences in the last 2 years. Believe me, you would LOVE them too if you have a chance to stay in those houses on your vacation.

Still skeptical about the safety and privacy issues when staying in someone’s house??? Don’t worry, I’ll share with you some useful tips that I collected after successfully booking more than 20 local houses in different countries.

#1. The Christmas house – Cologne, Germany

I visited Cologne during the Christmas season in 2017 and I booked this Airbnb house simply because of the good price and the location. Only when I got there, I found out that the whole house was decorated with a lot of Christmas decoration. Surprised and love it so much <3!!! And I realized that the German not only has the best Christmas markets in Europe, but they also bring the whole festive atmosphere into their houses. How wonderful it is!!!

It was also easy to get around with the nearby tram station. The host was so sweet to me and my friend. She shared a lot of useful information about the Christmas markets. Though she didn’t speak English, we used Google translate to communicate and everything was just perfect.

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Here is the photo of the bedroom (source: Airbnb), because I was so excited about the Christmas stuff in the other rooms and forgot to take this one hehe.

Planning to have a trip to Cologne, Germany? Check this place>>> Cozy and Modern room.

#2. The artistic house – Paris, France

If you’re looking for an affordable and comfortable place to stay in Paris, this artistic house will definitely be the best place. This house is located in Montreuil, a safe and clean neighbor which just takes around 20 minutes by metro to the center of Paris.

It was much better than I expected. Their house is really cool and stylish. The hosts were outstanding and they took care of us very well. But at the same time, they gave us all privacy with the spacious bedroom, private toilet, and shower. In the morning, we had breakfast with them, enjoyed the fresh handmade bread and chit chat like real friends for hours. Their dog, Loula, was also friendly and sweet. Before we left, they’ve given us a bottle of French red wine. To be honest, our trip to Paris couldn’t be that great without their hospitality.

Planning to have a trip to Paris, France? Check this place>>> Great room for 2 to visit Paris

You may need this: Where to eat Asian food in Paris 

#3. The garden house – Plitvice, Croatia

People usually come here to visit the famous Plitvice National Park in Croatia. Before booking a room in this house on Booking.com, I was quite indecisive because there were so many options to stay around this area. Luckily, I made the right decision and had a pleasant stay in this guesthouse.

This house is really lovely! It has a garden full of fruits and I collected some for my road trip. The host was super friendly and she made a big breakfast for us. I couldn’t expect something more than this. Plus, the morning view from the balcony was spectacular.

If you travel to Plitvice National Park by car, don’t miss out this place >>> Guesthouse Tomas

#4. The elegant house – Dusseldorf, Germany

I had a weekend trip in Dusseldorf and actually, my friend found this house on Airbnb and sent it to me. At first, I was quite hesitant because of the high price (about €50/night for 2 people) but we couldn’t find a better place so we ended up booking 1 night here.

I didn’t meet the owner of this house but she was super responsive and kind on the messages. Her room is so charming, clean and organized. I loved every corner in the room and I wish I could stay there longer. This is definitely the best place to stay in Dusseldorf but unfortunately, it’s not always available for booking.

Check if this house in Dusseldorf available on Airbnb >>>

#5. The art gallery house – Taipei, Taiwan

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Me enjoying tea and Taiwanese music in the morning

The place is called Vvoo Art and it looks like an art gallery. The works are displayed in the living room are the most talented and unique art pieces that the owner collected.

Four things that this house impressed me: spacious beautiful living room, comfortable bedroom, super clean toilet, convenient kitchen.

The communication and check-in, check-out with Vvoo Art were easy and quick. I only met the owner one time when I checked in. Although I arrived at the house quite late (11pm), she still waited for me and warmly welcomed me.

Moreover, the nearest MRT station (Nanjing Samin) can be reached within a 5-minute walk. I was completely satisfied during my stay at Vvoo Art.

Would you like to have a unique experience in an art museum house? >>> Book this house in Taipei 

How to look for a good Airbnb/homestay accommodation:

  • Read at least 20 reviews from the house you’d like to book
  • Check google map or ask the locals to choose a good location
  • Search how to travel from that house to the city center or the tourist attractions 
  • Contact the hosts for more information before booking
  • Only choose the houses with clear, high-quality photos
  • Start your search 1 month in advance to not miss the good deals

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Hi! I am Nhu, a Vietnamese girl living in the Netherlands. I have been living in 3 countries and traveled to 23 countries and still counting. Hopefully, with my blog, I can spread the inspiration to get you moving. If you already own itchy foot, then here comes the useful tips and advice on the interesting destinations that you may visit someday. Stay tuned!

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