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The New Holiday Balikbayan Guest Solution: Airbnbs

They will surely feel right at home!

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There's no denying that the holiday season is upon us, and in a matter of weeks, our relatives from abroad will be flying home to celebrate. Filipinos are known for our tight-knit relationships, even with our most distant cousins. That’s probably why when balikbayans are here, we usually offer our place for lodging—however, this can get quite chaotic—especially if you come from a big bunch!

Before swiping your credit card to book a five-star hotel room, why not check out Airbnb? Ever since its surge in popularity due to its many advantages, Airbnb has become a safe choice for both budget-conscious and luxurious travelers. We’ve listed down the things we love about Airbnb and for sure, your titos, titas, ninongs, and ninangs will love ‘em too!


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Cheaper price, bigger space

Unlike hotels, booking lodging through Airbnb is much cheaper. If you’re booking at a hotel for more than two people you’d have to get a bigger room or pay an additional fee for a mattress—it can sum up to a huge amount! With Airbnb you can book a two-bedroom condo unit for a family of 5 for a fraction of the price.

Variety of accommodations

Whether you’re booking for your cousin who’s only staying for a few nights or half of your relatives from your mom’s side, there is an assortment of accommodations you can book—from lofts and two-bedroom units, to apartments and a whole house!


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Amenities

Most, if not all, of these lodgings come with a fully equipped kitchen and laundry area, some even have their own gym equipment while there are Airbnbs in condominium buildings where the guest can use the pool. You can enjoy these amenities and have the liberty to cook your meals, do your laundry, stay fit, and more—for free!

Flexible and negotiable terms

Airbnb lets you connect to your hosts before you make a booking; this gives you the chance to negotiate the check-in and check-out time and cancellation fees, unlike hotels, which have strict policies and more expensive fees.

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