5 REASONS TO USE AIRBNB ON YOUR TRAVELS

5 REASONS TO USE AIRBNB ON YOUR TRAVELS

Besides camping, Rich and I mostly use Airbnb for our accommodation needs when travelling. We have been to a good few countries where we have stayed in Airbnb accommodation ranging from just a room to an entire place to ourselves. This is what we prefer but is not always available at the last minute and we often decide near the end of a long day riding that we fancy having a comfortable bed instead of the tent for a change.

We have never yet (touch wood) had a bad experience and on the contrary, have actually had some wonderful homes to stay in and met some wonderful people when we have stayed in a room in their home. Like the time we stayed in Rochefort, France with Raymonde. What an absolutely lovely, friendly lady who made her beautiful home, which she was rightly so very proud of,  so comfortable and relaxing to stay in and provided us with the most fantastic breakfasts … most of which we really could not eat, although we made a concerted effort on the first morning! Lol We ended up ordering a whole bunch of her homemade jams to be sent to us, back at home in the UK!

We have had many such experiences which is one of the reasons that we recommend Airbnb so highly.

# 1      EASY BOOKING SYSTEM AND EARN SOME TRAVEL CREDIT

The booking system with Airbnb is very easy. Simply JOIN, download the app and start booking your next holiday let, wherever you are going.

You can also earn some travel credit through Airbnb’s “Refer a Friend” program. Everyone user has access to this program. Simply click on your profile pic and select Travel Credit. They will generate a unique code through which they track who has joined via your link. This is how you earn your credit. The good thing is that both the new user and the person who referred (in this case us if you join via our link below) earn the travel credit! A win-win situation if you ask me!

This is our Unique code www.airbnb.co.uk/c/jacquip399. Please use it to click through and join Airbnb, then you can also start earning some travel credit to save yourselves thousands of £’s on future travel accommodation, just as we have.

#2     HOME … WITHOUT THE MAINTENANCE

You get to stay in a fully equipped, clean home with all the necessary facilities that one would have in their own home, without the cost of, or need to do any of the cleaning and/or maintenance. I mean … really? What more could you want? Home away from Home without the hassle! And if you are staying in a local person’s home you will get loads of local info on places to visit, which are the best place to eat at and also how to get around.

Invaluable information to make your holiday experience that much more enjoyable.

#3       VALUE FOR MONEY

The rewards for using Airbnb, beside the obvious one above of earning some travel credit, is that you get top class accommodation for very reasonable prices. There are various levels of accommodation available and there is certainly going to be one that suits your tastes and your budget. From simple single rooms in a private home, to studios and even to high end entire flats, houses or villas.

#4       COOK FOR YOURSELF

This is quite an important benefit for ourselves, (Rich has CAD and I am Diabetic) and anyone who is

  1. a) on a budget
  2. b) likes to eat healthily and
  3. c) Has health issues or diseases eg Diabetes etc where there are specific dietary requirements to deal with.

 

#5       SUPER HOSTS AND REVIEWS

Airbnb have a good review system where you can read up on previous user’s experiences, likes and dislikes. They also have a rating system for hosts and have a Superhost level which usually guarantees you a great stay in clean, well kept accommodation with amazing customer service from the host!

Superhosts are experienced hosts who provide a shining example for other hosts, and extraordinary experiences for their guests. Look out for the Superhost badge, which appears on their listing and profile to help identify them to guarantee a wonderful stay.

FRANCE – Motorbike Time

FRANCE – Motorbike Time

Soooo… we had purchased the Bike (Honda pc800) and after a very well deserved service and check over …

We added some “must have” items:

  1.  A 12 volt power socket, needed for most modern day accessories that we need to travel with eg: satnav, phone charger, camera charger, kindle charger etc etc … you get the drift!
  2. A tubeless puncture repair kit because you never know …and waiting on the side of the road sucks!
  3. A basic tool kit – in case you need to fix something on the side of the road. Ours came in handy helping our buddy out a couple of times!

And then don’t forget Break Down recovery, in case of the worst situation that you can’t fix on the side of the road.

And … we were ready to go! (Well, so we thought … haha)

Now, did I mention that we hadn’t travelled on a Motorcycle in another country before?? Ok, so we thought you loaded the bike, threw on your bike gear, grabbed your passport and hit the road to the ferry port! Haha, we couldn’t have been more wrong. After talking to some friends who enlightened us to the need to do some research, we found out that France have some pretty strict laws and regulations that you must follow so as not to get the Gendarmes following you! The RAC website was very helpful in this regard but below find a short Checklist giving the basics.

DRIVING A MOTORCYCLE IN FRANCE CHECKLIST – WITHOUT THE FRILLS

MUST TAKE:

  1.  A valid full driving licence
  2. The Original Vehicle Registration Document (V5C)
  3. Your Motor Insurance Certificate
  4. MOT Certificate
  5. Hi Vis Vest for both driver and pillion (these must be worn in a case of emergency and if you pull over and stop on the side of the road for any reason really)
  6. Your Passport
  7.  If you drive with prescription glasses then you have to take A spare pair of glasses
  8. A GB sticker (or ‘euro’ registration plates featuring the GB initials)
  9. A Spare Bulb Kit
  10. A first aid kit

NB:  DO NOT TAKE OR USE: Speed camera detectors or phones/satnavs with camera locations. If your satnav/phone navigation system has a detector built in you will have to disable this feature!

OTHER ITEMS THAT ARE RECOMMENDED YOU TAKE:

  1. Two NF Certified Breathalyser kits
  2. Headlamp Beam Deflectors ( if they are needed for your vehicle)
  3. Helmet Reflectors

You can buy all these items individually or you can purchase a full European Driving Kit here!

SOME NEW REGULATIONS THAT YOU NEED TO BE AWARE OF:

  1. All drivers and riders have been prohibited from wearing headsets and headphones whilst driving, be it for music purposes or for phone calls. However, this does exclude motorcycle helmets that have integrated systems. (Yes, so no in helmet speakers to converse while you ride -you have to go back to shouting into the wind)
  2. Both Driver and pillion rider must wear PPE approved gloves (with hardened knuckles) at all times when on the motorcycle.

Well, now that you have all the gear … add some common sense eg. DON’T drink and drive and be aware that the alcohol limits are much lower in France than they are in the UK. Drive withing the speed limits and make sure you know what those are, as they are not always clearly marked on the road signs. Be aware that the Gendarmes are around and they are strict when enforcing the laws. Also they will usually hit you with spot fines that are quite high and you stand the chance of having your vehicle confiscated if you can’t pay or if your “crime” is considered severe!

Right … you can now hit the road and enjoy the ride! There are some great roads to ride with stunning views and you can enjoy almost having the road to yourself. No or minimal traffic if you avoid the toll roads (they are expensive too) and stick to the lesser travelled eg D roads or farm routes eg the Bordeaux farm route … Beautiful!!

 

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