This is a concept I have been working on because even the poor deserve to live somewhere beautiful and comfortable where they can put down a root or two and thrive a little more than some place they lived before. Or even if they just grew past and out of whatever city they were living in…or were displaced by gentrification. There are so many reasons why people move and moving should not be limited to the middle and upper classes. So, I have a concept.
Can people move to a new city with no credit or bad credit? No friends or family with homes to crash at? And no money for a down payment, rental application, or furniture?
Yes, they can.
By using Air BNB. Air BNB provides a network of thousands of homes and rooms available to rent for a night, a week, a month, or even longer, and often, if you pay for a month at a time, there is a discount for the monthly pay, calculated automatically and set by the person who owns the house or apartment.
What can Air BNB do for me that a motel cannot do?
Provide you with a homier living situation right near public transportation, grocery stores, or job opportunities, which a lot of motels do not do as there is the expectation that you will be driving. So often, motels are not in walkable neighborhoods, which means that you would need to have a car, pay for an Uber, have a bike, or walk long distances to job hunt, explore, or shop for groceries.
Because you pay for an Air BNB the way you would for any hotel or motel, you don’t need to have a large sum of money saved up in order to find a place to stay. You can pay for a few days at a time or a week or so and even jump around from Air BNB to Air BNB to find some place nearer to anywhere you might be trying to work or looking for work, allowing you to explore many different neighborhoods without commitment. Some Air BNB hosts will even point you in the direction of restaurants or grocery stores to visit, helping to ease your transition into a new place.
While you might be a nomad, moving from bed to bed for awhile while you, hopefully, find some stable income and a more permanent living solution, there is also no reason why you cannot continue moving from Air BNB to Air BNB if you travel light or just want to experience as much of a city as you can before deciding whether to stay or not.
Either way, Air BNB offers an option for people who want to visit or move to a place with little cash and relatively little planning. You can just hop on a bus, a train, or throw your things into your car and have some place warm and safe to sleep across the country or across the world.
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