3 Weeks I Stayed In Different Airbnbs With My Family. 10 Things I Learned From This Experience

Karthik Rajan
5 min readSep 1, 2023
Photo by Collov Home Design

There is something about travel that is both exciting and intimidating at the same time. This summer I was in a pickle.

I was traveling through Europe and Canada with family and my wife and I were sandwiched between two generations — elders and my kids .

One must have was a kitchen everywhere. Airbnb offered that choice but I was nervous. Why?

What happens if a host cancels on me while I was in international waters & land? That would be a hassle when traveling with family.

Thankfully that did not happen. I am grateful for that.

10+ homes in 3 weeks teaches you what you can do better next time. And the unexpected goodness, I was surprised by.

First the unexpected goodness.

1. Walking inside an Airbnb home, first time, is like a treasure hunt

Hotel rooms are so predictable. You go to the front desk, sign in and get your room cards and ask for directions to the at elevator and you are in your room. The layouts are more or less the same.

At the mom and pop championed Airbnb, each home was like a box of chocolate, you just…



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