This year I decided to use the service Airbnb for many of my travel accommodations rather than hotels. This allowed me to stay in unique location not traditionally available to visitors to cities and offers much more of a local experience. My Airbnb rentals included the locations of:
Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles, California; Morro Bay, California; Petaluma, California; San Francicso, California; Asheville, North Carolina; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Bruges, Belgium; Brussels, Belgium; New York City, New York.
Best of all for me, the LA and NYC locations provided great viewpoints otherwise unobtainable. Here is a round up of my 2013 trips that included Airbnb.