Renting an apartment can be a great way to save some money while travelling – and to get away from the tourist-mad areas of town. The rates are often lower than comparable hotel rooms, plus renting an apartment gives you your own kitchen, so you can shop at local markets and bakeries, often saving loads of money on food. But the best part is that you get to spend your time in a city in a real neighbourhood, experiencing local life, rather than being surrounded by other tourists.
If you’ve never used Airbnb to rent a vacation apartment, you can get a $25 credit to use toward your first rental of $75 or more. As a bonus, if you make your first booking by January 17, 2014, you’ll get your first night free – up to a value of $300 – on bookings of two nights or more using the promo code ONENIGHT.
Christina Newberry is a freelance writer and editor based in Vancouver.