“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.”

Today, almost everything is shared that there is a myriad of merits in sharing economy. You would be surprised how major juggernauts such as Grab and Uber might be the biggest and most profitable riding service and yet ironically, the owner does not seem to possess a fleet of cars to which he can cart riders to and from their destinations. Similarly, in the world of real-estate, the same phenomenon is seeing a steady rise. With hotel booking apps such as Agoda, Trivago and Airbnb, it would be easy to see why people would take this route. Not only is it more convenient, apparently, the deals are irresistible as well.

However, instead of booking exorbitant hotel rooms for vacations, why not straight out book a condo unit instead? Look for a short term rental unit and choose that over a hotel room. After all, in the booming phase of sharing economy, there are a lot of perks when it comes to renting a furnished unit over staying at a hotel chain. So, if you ever had any plans in going somewhere warmer for the Winter such as Cebu, look for an affordable condo in Cebu instead of a major hotel chain.

Here are some of the reasons why you should do just that:

It is cheaper

If you want to save on accommodation expenses, you will find that condominium short-term rentals will offer you better rates for extended stays—regardless of whether the renter is a single individual, a couple, a family or a business traveler. While it is not exactly a five-star hotel, it would certainly be an upgrade from a hostel with a communal shower.

Self catering

One of the excellent perks about staying in a condo unit in lieu of a hotel room is the fact that you are allowed to be self-sufficient. If you are fortunate enough to rent a condo unit with a laundry room, then you can simply do you own laundry sans the exorbitant charges. Moreover, most condo units come equipped with stovetops and ovens which enables you to prepare your own food and cut down restaurant expenses. In this regard, you would be able to save a lot on food and laundry expenses alone.

More locations and insider information

Hotels are made for tourists which means that their tours are basically marketed for travelers who went there specifically on vacation. In this regard, they would show you all the popular tourist spots but would mostly overlook well-loved local gems. When you choose a condo rental over a hotel room, there is a likely chance you will get to meet the owners. In turn, they would be able to show you around the city from the perspective of a local—and not one from a hotel chain trying to market the city off to more tourists.

Inspiration

One of the things that traveling does to you is to put a spin towards your habits and perspective. In this regard, you would be able to come home feeling like a brand new person as well as feel inspired and refreshed. It is a well-known fact that traveling is one of the excellent avenues for stepping out of your comfort zone and pushing your boundaries. Unfortunately, when you return home back to a hotel room at the end of the day, you would be missing out on quite a lot seeing as it is relatively soulless and is pretty much a designed to keep a traveler in their comfort zones. A rented condo is a carefully curated space and will give you a closer glimpse as to how the other side of the world lives like.