So I’m supposed to fly out to Chicago tomorrow to celebrate my birthday in Wrigley Field with a bunch of friends.
Being the slacker that I am, I still hadn’t booked a room for my first two nights in town. So I headed to Expedia to try and reserve a room somewhere in the Wrigleyville area. Crap! Looks like there’s not too many options and even a crack shack like the Days Inn is $129 a night. Whatever, I tried to book it anyways. Sold out! Double crap 🙁
My next move was to log on to AirBnB.com to see if I could find a room. I’ve never used the service but found out about it from a girl I had been dating recently and she’d been using it to rent out a room in her house. She said it was pretty rad, and so far I have to agree with her.
Their website says this about themselves… “Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 33,000 cities and 192 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.”
To be honest, I didn’t even look at all the options when I logged on. I took one look at the first apartment near Wrigley and clicked the reserve button. And get this… It was only $72 or something, which is half of what a dive motel would of been after taxes.
After a few quick setup steps like uploading my drivers license and connecting my Facebook profile, I was a member and had submitted my payment and request to rent the place for the two days. Within 20 minutes I got an approval for the owner and it’s done! I’ll update how the trip went and how the experience was once I get back.
PS: I asked my Facebook friends what they thought about AirBNB and they ALL overwhelmingly agree it’s incredible. You can read that post here – – -> https://www.facebook.com/jasonemoffatt/posts/143383219176227
Whether you’re backpacking around the country, or trying to save a few bucks while in town for a seminar, AirBnB appears to be an absolute gem.
PPS: If you’ve tried out AirBnB before, I’d love to hear your experience. Let us know in the comments below. Thanks!
Jason Moffatt is a former private detective turned internet marketer who uses his skills of keen observation and deductive reasoning to pinpoint the easiest paths to success online. He’s passionate about helping entrepreneurs in the health & wellness field along with those in the personal development space. Jason believes we’re all a work in progress and that each day presents an opportunity to be a little be better than the last.