My First Airbnb Experience (+ $45 CAD OFF Your First Stay!)

Read to the end of this post to receive a discount for your first Airbnb stay!

If your first thought after reading the title of this post was “Airbnb? Isn’t that where you stay in some creep’s basement?”, then please keep reading, because that’s not the case ๐Ÿ˜‚.ย While you are able to rent a room in somebody’s basement, there are plenty of other options, including renting an entire apartment!

I recently went on a short road trip to Calgary, Alberta. While I usually prefer staying in hotels when I go on vacation, my boyfriend convinced me to give Airbnb a try. We searched through the Calgary listings together, both agreeing that we wanted an entire apartment/house rather than just a room. After a few days of searching, we came across a beautiful apartment in the downtown area. We ended up booking it, and it was amazing.

Why You Should Ditch Hotels for Airbnb

Here are some of the reasons that I’ll be choosing Airbnb over a hotel for my future trips.

Affordable Prices

This is probably what I love the most about Airbnb. When you go on vacation, you have to shell out a fair amount of money for food, entertainment and more. Why spend a large amount of money per night on a hotel room, when Airbnb offers single rooms, or even entire apartments/houses for a lesser price?!

It’s Personal

When you require something while staying in a hotel, reception could be unavailable or unable to help straight away. That is understandable, since they are dealing with hundreds of customers per night. With an Airbnb, the hosts are handling you and only you (unless they rent multiple locations). On my trip, the hosts provided us with their cell phone numbers in case we had any questions, as well as a close friend’s number in case they didn’t pick up their phone. It made us feel cared for and lessened our fear of something going wrong. The hosts even left things around the house for us to use, like hair ties, bobby pins, Starbucks coffee and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream!

A Customizable Experience

With a hotel, rooms are pretty standard. You can have a room with one or more beds, a suite with a couple of rooms and perhaps a kitchen, but that’s about as flexible as they get. With Airbnb, every listing is different. What shocked me was that I could rent an entire apartment, for under $100 CAD a night! Our apartment had 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, a gorgeous kitchen, a dining room, living room, and even an enclosed balcony which offered a beautiful view of the downtown.


Interested in staying in an Airbnb in the future? Click HERE to receive $45 CAD OFF (or the equivalent amount in your currency your first trip!

Disclosure: this post is not sponsored by anyย company mentioned, but the sign-up offer link provided is a referral link. This means that ifย you register with Airbnb through my link and make a qualifying purchase, I will be compensated.

Have you ever stayed in an Airbnb? How was your experience?

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6 thoughts on “My First Airbnb Experience (+ $45 CAD OFF Your First Stay!)

  1. I love Air BnB – I have stayed in Paris, Wales and Budapest and they have all been delightful!
    I am off to Rome later this year and cannot wait ๐Ÿ™‚

    Dani x

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