Airbnb, as I’m sure most of you have seen or heard of in some way or another (friends, subway ads, etc.) is a service that allows people to rent out rooms and whole apartments/homes through one convenient site. Every time I travel I opt for an Airbnb, if available, not just because they’re generally more cost effective for a lone traveler, but also because staying in someone else’s home really gives a sense of belonging when visiting a new area. Most recently I’ve taken to hosting with my boyfriend in his East Village apartment, it’s such a fun experience to be able to meet people from around the world and be able to share your experiences, home, and city with them. Airbnb was under fire not too long ago because regulatory boards in many buildings questioned the legality of the service.
Overall, I would recommend Airbnb to any traveler looking for an exciting new experience when looking for a place to stay!