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When in Europe, To Airbnb Or Not To Airbnb—That Is The Question

Europe is one of the most coveted places for travelers. The sights, the culture, the people—it’s hard not to fall in love with everything about Europe, which is why a trip to Paris or the UK is a sureball entry on anyone’s travel bucketlist.

If you’re planning to go around Europe and hop from one destination to another (since they’re all just a train away, anyway), one of the key things you must settle right after you book your flight is where you plan to stay, of course. With the rise of Airbnb and other accommodation and house-sharing websites, choosing hotels have become the more expensive and less practical approach to accommodation. Why choose a small hotel room when you can have a whole apartment to yourselves, right?

Airbnb has its own perks and quirks, depending on what you’re looking for in your accommodation. But when it comes to prices, there are destinations around Europe where you should just always opt for the Airbnb option.

When visiting Malta, Portugal, or Switzerland, for example, you might find yourself saving so much more to use on activities and souvenir shopping instead if you go for the Airbnb option. Three-star hotels in these areas will cost you twice the price of a comfortable Airbnb place so you might want to consider your options. Germany, Italy, Austria, Belgium, and Greece also offer cheaper Airbnb accommodations at 40 percent less than the price of decent hotel rooms.

In other places, however, like Romania, Sweden, and the UK, Airbnb prices go on par with hotel prices so you can go for whatever floats your boat.

If you’re a cheapskate traveler, there are sweet Airbnb deals in Albania, Macedonia, and Turkey. Their prices can go very cheap compared to other European nations so you should plan your trips around these places.

If you’re looking for luxurious places, however, you can still snag some pretty decent prices in Iceland and Belgium, where prices of five-star accommodations can still go pretty low compared to other European destinations. 

In the end, you have to consider what you’re looking for in your accommodation. And then go from there. Are you looking to stay quite a while? Will you be too lazy to go out and look for your dinner? Do you want someone else cleaning after you or are you okay with keeping your quarters clean for the duration of your stay? 

Just keep in mind that unlike hotel rooms, Airbnb offerings can get way varied, depending on your host. So you have to be extra careful in choosing which Airbnb offerings you choose to take, and remember to ask the right questions before booking. Do they have hot and cold water? Do they have wireless internet? Do they charge extra for cleaning? These are things you really don’t need to ask in hotel room services so make sure you’re fully prepared, especially if your booking your first Airbnb stay.