my 5 favourite AirBnBs

AirBnB has been my favourite way of finding accommodation that's affordable and personal for all my travels. Hostels and hotels both have their own perks, but AirBnBs are truly my favourite way to go. I've stayed in AirBnB picks throughout Europe, Oceania, Asia and the United States without a single complaint. 

Here are some of my favourites from trips over the years in no particular order!

1. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

It's no secret that I found Malaysia to be a strange and confusing place. However, we nabbed a total deal when Touk and I booked a private apartment with access to a rooftop infinity pool overlooking the entire city. This place makes the list for its pool. Yeah, the pool. It was worth every penny just for the pool. Truthfully though, it had more to offer than just the pool. This apartment was near a convenience store and a main train station, as well as one of Kuala Lumpur's many famous shopping malls. 

2. Niagara, Ontario, Canada

S and I made our way from New York City to Niagara Falls and decided early on to stay the night across the border in Canada. I found a cheap, unique AirBnB just a few blocks from the waterfalls and located one of the town's main roads! It was an artist's studio with private rooms for rent. The shower head was made of an old watering can and our room was filled with stacks of old books from floor to ceiling. It was a very cool place to rest our heads for the night and it makes the list for all its memorable details! 

3. Sydney, Australia

I've written about this beaut in my guide to Sydney, found here. It was located near fancy shopping, trendy cafes, and the ocean. A total perk was its proximity to the Opera House and a train station. The hosts were quick to respond to me during my 'help! I'm stuck in Thailand' crisis and have a flexible refund policy, which is always a bonus if your plans change! Although technically it was just a bedroom with a private en suite bathroom, the hosts had made a little kitchen area complete with a toaster, kettle, and mini-fridge for those who wish to make breakfast in bed. This private apartment makes the list though because it was so private and allowed me time to sort out baggage chaos while enjoying the company of an old pal. 

4. Harlem, New York

Demitra and Phil were the most relaxed and inviting hosts. They laughed late into the night with us as we told our story about how we all met in New Zealand and they explained to us their first Burning Man experiences. This place was everything. Exposed brick and endless streaming sunlight? Check. Hardwood floors and subway-tile kitchen back-splash? Check. Rooftop deck overlooking the city? Yup. Located just blocks from the Apollo {where we went for their famous 'Amateur Night'} and near multiple subway stations, we all agreed this place was the dream. This place makes the list for its atmosphere! 

5. Nashville, Tennessee

This was a really tough pick. Tash and I stayed in another great East Nashville home on our first trip to Nashville with the parents of Taylor Swift's costume designer for her Red tour. Yeah, incredible. But our most recent Nashville AirBnB had something special about it. I loved that the hosts had renovated the place themselves. I loved the firepit in the backyard. I loved the kitchen tiles and that the hosts provided dirty clothes sacks and a hair dryer. I felt comfortable right away and after every meal or mini-adventure, Tash and I both looked forward to being back at our crash pad. And looking forward to going back to your accommodation is the mark of a quality AirBnB! This place makes the list for the thoughtfulness of the two Philly-to-Nashville imports who hosted us and made us feel right at home in their new home! 

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