Our travels were much simpler when the boys were below 12, but now that they not actually “kids” anymore, every trip would entail two rooms if we stay in a hotel. Not only does that mean double costs in accommodations, but I feel that even if we book adjoining rooms, it diminishes our bonding experience if we have them separate from us. My solution for this is to look for hotels with family rooms which is not always easy or available.
On our last trip to Osaka as a family, Gary and I decided to try out AirBnb for our accommodations instead of booking hotel rooms. I took much care and consideration in choosing a place to rent.
On the Airbnb site, there were many choices in Osaka. Familiar with the minimalist nature of the Japanese, most places were Scandinavian in feel, with bright and airy interiors, “Ikea feel”. It was a great experience with our first ever AirBnb host. We were all happy with our decision to stay at AirBnb because it was comfortable and saved us 5 digits in pesos (which means additional shopping money, right?)
Similar to the Osaka apartment, the place we finally chose had oak-tinged floors, white walls, counter tops, white futons and light colored furniture. Since there was just two of us, we selected a studio but with multi-functional furniture can fit up to 5 people.
Like our first experience, we were not worried about cleanliness because the Japanese are known for being clean, sanitary nature when it comes to interiors (and I guess everything else).
The kitchen had everything we need, the bathroom was compact (nothing new) but had all the amenities. We missed the traditional “high tech” toilet that we so enjoy in Japan, but that was a minor concern.
Airbnb has revolutionized travel and empowered travelers with more options for stay. Right now it offers millions of accommodation options in more than 34,000 cities in over 190 countries. Browsing through the site allows you to also dream of places you never thought you’d be interested in, until you find places like these:
Just as I had fallen in love with the Airbnb, the leading community-driven hospitality company in the world, give it to Smart, my preferred mobile service provider, to have a partnership with them, giving its subscribers very exclusive perks!
From today until January 2016, all Smart Prepaid, Smart Postpaid and Smart Bro subscribers will receive a P2500 Airbnb discount for any Airbnb booking with a minimum spend of P8,000. The discount is limited to one booking per subscriber, valid until December 2016. The booking has to be made by March 31, 2016 and the date of travel must be between today and December 2016. More information about the terms and conditions at Airbnb.com/smart.
If you haven’t tried Airbnb, download its app for free on the App Store and Google Play Store. For more info on the Smart-Airbnb partnership, Text SMARTAIRBNB to 2855 or visit smart.com.ph/airbnb.
Meanwhile, I got such a kick meeting the people behind this brand I’ve come to love:)
With Lena Sonnichsen, head of Communications for Airbnb in the Asia Pacific, and JJ Chai, Regional Director for South East Asia