My partner and I had decided to move to Sydney and wanted to go for a week-long trip to find our new home. Now, since we were about to be moving house, we were looking to do the trip on the cheap. Moving is so expensive. So I sat down with a glass of wine and my laptop and began the search to find the cheapest (but still bearable) accommodation I could. I started looking at cheap hotels and bed and breakfasts but I couldn't find anywhere I was willing to stay in our price range. I started researching the prices of private rooms at youth hostels and was surprised to find they weren't much different from the cheap hotels. I spent hours in front of my computer screen, wading through all the different websites. Admittedly, I did get a little carried away looking at the expensive rooms in the Marriott and Hilton, dreaming of what our trip to Sydney could be like if money were of no object. Then, as I was reading about the complimentary picnic basket and champagne in the penthouse suite of the Hyatt, I remembered my brother mentioning a site called airbnb that he used on his last trip, he'd even given me an airbnb promotion code.
I couldn't remember the details so I googled 'airbnb' (wondering if I'd written it correctly - should it be b'n'b or b&b?) and up came this fabulous website that made my day. It was so simple to use and such a great idea.
Basically, people who are going away on holiday, or simply have a spare room rent out their space through this website. I was surprised by how many people were using it. I typed in the area we wanted to stay and almost 30 places popped up. After contacting a few people and making some enquiries, I got in touch with a lovely woman with a two bedroom apartment who was going away right when we were coming to Sydney. It was perfect. The apartment fair exceeded anything else I was looking at for the same price (granted it wasn't quite the penthouse of the Hyatt). It was spacious and bright, in a great location and had gorgeous tomato and chilli plants on the balcony. It was like a home away from home. I even got to use my brothers' airbnb promotion code, making it even cheaper! To anyone else out there looking for some great accommodation for a very reasonable price, google 'airbnb' it'll save you a lot of time.