Airbnb – a very honest opinion

Airbnb is a great business idea and we have used it extensively in several places in the USA and in Canada. In many cities it was actually the only way for us to find affordable accommodation at central locations, e.g. Washington, Nashville or San Francisco.

But the experiences are very variable and honestly you never know what you are going to get. Simple things like “does the room have a lock?”, “how many rooms are being rented in the same apartment?”,  “how many bathrooms?”, “why I honestly rent this room”, “how much interaction I really expect to have with my guests” or “do I live here or just rent all the rooms separately on Airbnb?” would go a long way to clear up what’s going to happen.

We find it quite uncomfortable when people rent several rooms in the same house without informing, especially if there only one bathroom and no locks for each room. We never felt any real danger but still… Many rooms are also seriously overpriced for what they offer. And the worse is when the owner lives in the same place but is so uncomfortable with receiving strangers that he tries to avoid contact almost. Then we feel super uncomfortable too. It’s ok to be honest and say you need the money and do it for that reason, we also just need a room sometimes 🙂 Continue reading

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Nashville – Country Road

Ever since I can remember I love country music. My mom had lots of K7 with country music and I spent hours listening to those tapes so country music is imprinted in my brain, blood and bones, thanks mom 🙂 Unfortunately Portugal does not identify much with this type of music so I lost my connection with it when I grew up and started hanging out with friends.

Elsa and I started watching a TV series called “Nashville” and it’s all about Country music, singers, song writers, concerts, drama, you name anything related to Country and it has it. If you haven’t seen it we recommend it. This series lighted up Country inside of me and Elsa, she even made a playlist before we started the trip of only country music. Yes I am listening to Country music while writing this post. Listen to this one song called Lay Low by Josh Turner.

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