How to Find Amazing Apartments When Traveling

Posted By Trav

Renting apartments while traveling can save you tons of money.

Not to mention the extra space, less touristy neighborhoods, and the possibilities of great relationships with your hosts!

We’ve rented apartments in cities across the world, from Paris to Berlin, Bali, Portugal, Thailand, and so many more.

Heather joins me to list some of our favorite apartment rental websites, what to look for on the profiles to make sure you’re getting a good place, and, most importantly, some tips and tricks that you can try to get a good deal on your next rental!

Let us know if you have any other tips and tricks for saving money on apartment rentals, or what your favorite sites are in the comments below!

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In This Episode:

  • 04:45 The apartments we’ve rented around the world.
  • 06:04 Why we LOVE renting apartments.
  • 10:52 What makes these rentals different from hotels.
  • 12:40 Where to find Apartments.
  • 15:50 Strategies to finding good apartments.
  • 17:19 What to check out on the apartment profiles.
  • 25:58 How to get good deals.
  • 31:10 Things to be aware of.

and much more!

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  1. pieterp89 says:

    Hey guys, great show, how long has it been since you’ve done some Couchsurfing? I think my tribe will like this so will tweet :)

    1. Trav says:

      @pieterp89- We haven’t “couchsurfed” through the site in a little while, but we have stayed with people (friends or friends of friends type things) recently. We’ve been leaning more towards the apartment rental/guesthouse private room type stuff because we’ve been working a decent amount on the road, so it helps to have some of your own space.

  2. Kevin says:

    You had said on your podcast that there was a referral credit for you and new AirBNB member through your link but when I clicked the link didn’t work. Is there a different one?

    1. Trav says:

      @Kevin- For some reason, it keeps getting messed up when I try to embed it on the website. Here is the link:


      You can also find it working on the Resources Page. Not sure why it’s not playing nice in the post.

      1. Trav says:

        Ok, looks like that isn’t working either. Try this:


        1. Kevin says:

          This one doesn’t seem to work either, hhmmm

          1. Trav says:

            @Kevin- Either force refresh the page (command R) or open the page in an incognito window. That should do it.

            Or copy and paste this link in to the browser: http://www.extrapackofpeanuts.com/airbnbreferral

            Not sure why the site is being wonky…seems to work for me now.

  3. Jack says:

    Quick Airbnb question: With apartment rentals, do you feel comfortable leaving your laptop in the apartment or do you always have to lug it around in your dayback for fear of theft? Curious forever about this one and just thought I’d ask what we should do in this regard once we begin. Travis and Heather, I greatly enjoyed this podcast all the others. Thank you so much!!

    1. Trav says:

      @Jack- Yes, I feel completely comfortable and always leave it in the apartments, whether it’s AirBnB, GowithOh, or any other apartment service. I feel like in those situations, if I worried each apartment I was in, I’d have a bad time (and I’d have an aching back). For what it’s worth, I think apartments are as safe as hotels, and I wouldn’t hesitate to leave stuff in them unless you get a really bad vibe from owner or the area.

      Glad you like the podcasts, we’ll keep putting them out if you keep listening!

  4. bryan flake says:

    I am wheelchair bound and I often find travel accommodations difficult to deal with. This idea of renting an apartment when I travel is new to me. Would I possibly have better luck finding wheelchair accommodations in an apartment instead of a hotel?

    1. Trav says:

      @bryan flake- I think it would completely depend on the apartment. I do imagine that in many parts of the world, especially more Westernized areas, that you could find pretty good wheel chair accommodations in apartments. The best part is that you can ask the owner ahead of time and get a straight answer. Good luck!

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