My Instagram husband and I started staying in Aribnb apartments back in 2013, and have recently celebrated our 20th Airbnb stay. From Istanbul to the south of Spain, to New York City and many more amazing cities, Airbnb has completely revolutionised the way we travel.

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Instead of being cooped up in a stuffy¬†hotel in a touristic part of town, Airbnb lets us stay where we want (generally in the kinda rough, grungy areas where the hip kids hang ūüėČ ), have access to a kitchen for preparing light lunches, healthy brunches and of course mixing¬†a margarita or two.

In celebration of our 20th stay at another¬†fabulous apartment (this time in the Marais, Paris) I thought I’d share with you 5 of my favourite Airbnb stays to date, along with the links to the listings.

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Porto, Portugal

Airbnb in Porto, Portugal

This apartment is very special to us, mostly because the host Daniel was an absolute dream. When we checked in, the apartment was equipped with a coffee machine (and pods!), oranges and a juicer, fresh bread, preserves and even a bottle of local white wine.

The apartment itself had beautiful bedding, fluffy towels, loads of natural light and double glazing on the windows (to keep out any street noise at night).

The area, Vitoria, is downtown and very central but away from the hoards of tourists. The streets are extremely safe at night, and close to the apartment are a whole lot of cool¬†bars, cafes and modern eateries. There’s also many popup shops selling jewellery, fashion, homewares and other bits-and-bobs from local designers. Needless to say, I would move to Porto in a heartbeat.

You can rent Daniel’s mezzanine apartment here¬†(and check out his other beautiful listings here).

Stockholm, Sweden

Airbnb in Stockholm, Sweden

In October 2015 we made a (very!) last minute decision to fly from Venice to Stockholm to see a friend before heading back home (and back to reality). I’d read a fair bit about the hip areas in Stockholm before we left, so I was adamant that we stayed in S√∂dermalm (an island just south of the city centre).

Often ranked as the “coolest” neighbourhood in Europe, the streets of¬†S√∂dermalm are filled with impossibly cool¬†Stockholm natives, beautiful dressed in black, white, grey and denim.

For those looking to lighten their wallets head straight to Acne Studios, Grandpa (think homewares, modern vintage and beautiful contemporary fashion) or one of the many thrift stores in the area.

There’s also vegetarian eateries, gourmet grocers, modern-Swedish restaurants, American-style grill houses, dive bars, wine bars, live music venues and everything in between.

The studio apartment we rented (see listing here) was bang smack in the middle of trendy SoFo in Södermalm and was Swedish-chic down to a t.

Paris, France

Airbnb in Paris, France

Located in the divine area of the Marais, this gorgeous apartment is extremely spacious by Parisian standards. The terrace opens up to a private (and secure) courtyard and has tonnes of beautiful natural light.

The neighbourhood has everything you could want for your stay in Paris: a fromagerie selling delicious French cheese, great cafes, a hoard of fabulous bakeries selling escargot and croissants, sunny lunch spots, a whole street of beautiful shoe stores and even an Isabel Marant boutique (if you can hear that whimper it’s the sound of my credit card crying).

You can read more about this listing here.

M√°laga, Spain

Airbnb in Malaga, Spain

Not usually on a tourist’s itinerary, the oh-so-sweet town of M√°laga is a must-stop if you’re visiting the south of Spain. Winding colourful laneways, charming wine bars filled with local characters, shacks grilling the freshest seafood on the beach and some of the nicest people you’ll meet in Spain all await.

Our little apartment in M√°laga was everything we needed for exploring this delightful town: centrally located (but with double glazed windows), a lovely little kitchenette, good air-conditioning (essential for the heavy heat of the south) plus it was beautifully designed with a whole lot of #DIYinspo to boot!

Read more (or better yet, rent!) the apartment here.

SEE ALSO: My Eating & Drinking Guide to Barcelona, Spain

Istanbul, Turkey

Airbnb, Istanbul

I left my heart in Istanbul when I visited in October 2015.¬†It’s a city full of juxtapositions: the new, artistic movement contrasting against the rich, deep¬†history will fill your heart with joy (just me!).

The neighbourhood¬†that was of most interest to us was Karak√∂y, an area where boutiques stock up-and-coming designers; you can sip rich, dark coffee under streets blanketed by grapevines;¬†the cool, young crowd spill out into the laneways from small bars; plus it;s the home place of Fashion @ Eye if you’re wanting to nab a pair of beautiful vintage Italian sunglasses (tip: you most definitely want to do this).

The Airbnb apartment we rented was brand spankin’ new and had all of the modern conveniences we needed (small but well equipped kitchen, great bathroom with super-powerful hairdryer, comfy bed and double glazed windows).

Cafes, bars, boutiques, grocery stores, great restaurants are all at your doorstep, plus the (fabulous) Istanbul Museum of Modern Art is a hop, skip and jump away.

Read more about the listing here.

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Have you ever stayed in an Airbnb apartment? What was your experience like? I’d love to hear from you!

Happy travels!

kate

 

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