I mentioned that I have been staying in Air Bnb for my accommodation whilst in Europe. For those of you who don’t know Air BnB, it is a website for people to rent out their apartments or houses. I have stayed in over 25 apartments all over Europe, including some farm houses and a medieval tower in Tuscany!
Not only is it extremely well priced, but it provides me with the opportunity to cook with the local produce in the area that I am staying.
Jackson and I did the whole hotel/motel/guest house/backpackers in towns that didn’t have appropriate Air BnB accommodation. There were no cooking facilities available and we ate way too many 2 minute noodles and ready made meals. We did not want to eat out 3 times a day, it gets expensive when you are away for 5 months plus I wanted to embrace the food and culture that these cities had to offer.
I have been cooking using fresh local produce, taking tips off the locals on what to buy (an amazing Italian woman basically chose our whole dinner the other night) and some times it is nice to be able to still make food yourself when you are overseas. Especially when you find so much new food inspiration around you, I mean look at these TINY VEGETABLES!?!
Don’t get me wrong.. I have eaten out ALOT. I think I have had 6 pizzas, 8 pastas, cheese fondue and all of the delicious things I can get my hands on; however we have been loving going to the markets or delicatessens and choosing stuff for dinner.. and having the freedom to do that. Staying in an Air BnB apartment gives me that freedom.
You have the option of staying in a hosts spare room but I always just search for whole apartments available. You meet your host when you get to the apartment, get a quick tour and then make yourself feel at home. I have had 2 out of 28 experiences that were a bit of a pain, but that happens with anything.
Looking at the food I have been making, I am obviously in Italy and just loving the food the country has to offer, taking full advantage of the cheap price of fresh mozzarella.
Have you ever used Air BnB? If so did you enjoy it and did you make a delicious meal? If you want the recipes to any of the above meals, let me know in the comments below.
Do you have any other travel tips to help save a bit of money? Let me know in the comments below!