I'm a student from Sydney, Australia who finds airbnb the absolute best means for travel, especially on a budget.
I normally travel with a friend and we prefer to stay in an entire home/apartment, so that we can cook and make an attempt at integrating as locals. We frequently fail.
English is my language of choice and my competency in other languages is minimal at best, so lots of (website hidden) translate when making bookings.
In terms of travel I do enjoy mixing things up and escaping the Australian summer, so trips to the Northern Hemisphere are often in order around the Christmas period.