Living like a local is the hipster way to travel
Published 11/08/2015 | 02:30
To the emerging 'hipster' subculture, who pride themselves on being different for the sake of being different, Airbnb is the go-to accommodation specialist.
More than three-quarters of the properties that Airbnb offer worldwide are located outside main hotel districts.
Furthermore, 91pc of those using the service claim that they use it so they can "live like a local".
When stuck and in search of a bed during Ireland's sojourn at the European Championships in Poland in 2012, a friend and I turned to the hipster website before its popularity had exploded.
For four nights our abode was a spare room, with a camp bed and an inflated li-lo from our host's holiday in Majorca.
With the travelling hordes of Irish fans leaving hotel rooms, B&Bs and campsites at a premium, we felt we had no choice but to "live like a local".
At €7.50 each per night, with a traditional breakfast included and transport to and from the airport, we were delighted with our find.
We were welcomed into their home, supplied with local guide books and brochures and given recommendations for all the spots off the beaten track that were worth visiting.
Poznan's local bus and train services were deciphered for us and we had unlimited access to a full kitchen, washing machine and dryer - not that we used any of them.
The local knowledge we were equipped with, along with the money saved on more up-market accommodation, was worth more to two travelling Irish students than we could put a figure on.
Furthermore, we were doing what the cool kids had yet to discover.