Did I mention this was my first time staying in an Airbnb?
It's been awhile since I've had to book a place to stay during my travels because I tend to stay with my friends more often than not. But it was a really interesting experience.
On Airbnb, you can book a room or an entire apartment or house. We chose to book a room because there were only two of us. One of the great things about booking just a room is that you get to meet your host, who obviously lives there, so they are able to give you tips and advise if you have any questions. Our host was super nice and laid-back, which I'm guessing you'd have to be with strangers coming in and out of your house.
I was a little nervous at first. What if your host was a crazy person? What if they put a shipment of drugs in your suitcase without you knowing and you get caught when leaving the country? So many things could go wrong.
But of course, that's what the review section on the Airbnb site is for. You can read what previous people who have stayed there are saying about their host and the accommodation. We ended up with a really great host, thank goodness!
We stayed in Prahran, a suburb of Melbourne. It's fairly close to downtown Melbourne, both by tram and train, which was super convenient. They had a main street filled with cafes and boutique shops. I really liked Prahran, even though the name is really hard to pronounce. (Apparently it's really Pra-Ran but all I heard was Pran!)
Have you ever stayed in an Airbnb? Or been to Prahran?
Here are some photos:
Our Airbnb room had the best wooden floors and decorations.
I was so happy to get my hands on this Australian magazine!
My travel essentials in Melbourne: map, travel notes, and sunglasses.
Like Melbourne, Prahran had cafes in every corner as well.
I loved the coffee and colors so much, I came back every morning!
Australia was so friendly...this is probably their motto.
There was a bookstore in Prahran that I went to every other day, too.
A random bike shop we stepped into.
I love these brick buildings!
This is the Prahran train station, which we used every day.
Prahran is on the Sandringham line...notice how wide the trains are!
It was so convenient, I'd definitely stay in Prahran next time I'm in Melbourne!