Airbnb's New iPhone App Lets You Graduate from Couchsurfing to a Real Bed
Last week, one of our favorite travel websites made the jump into the iPhone Travel App world, and it seems almost made for them. Airbnb.com is essentially a more modern version of VRBO, or Vacation Rentals By Owner. Where VRBO tends to lean toward the more expensive, more professional vacation homes, Airbnb however goes the route of unique, friendly and affordable. If you've grown out of Couchsurfing or just weren't comfortable with that concept in the first place, then Airbnb is for you.
Their iPhone app is as slick and clean as their website, with the excellent photography of the majority of their listings, and a super ease of browsing. Even if we aren't looking for a place to stay, we still love to cruise around the site, looking at places we could stay. The iPhone app just means that now we don't even have to open our laptop to do this.
For adventurous sleepers, the app has categories for treehouse stays, rooms in "planes, trains and automobiles" and the funkiest options in New York City. Plus, the iPhone app includes a "daily deal" feature, as shown with the $32/night room in an SF loft above, and another feature where you can test how your extra room or whole place would do if you put it up on Airbnb for travelers.
Airbnb is a free app, available for download here, on iTunes.