Airbnb has completely caught fire in the travel scene.. and for good reason. A weeklong stay at a mediocre hotel can easily rack up a higher bill than any of the amazing excursions you experience during your actual trip. For this reason, savvy travelers have quickly turned to Airbnb.
At an Airbnb your money goes further, you usually have more accommodation options and most importantly, you can truly get a feel for the local vibe, instead of feeling like a tourist. If you are still hesitant about booking an Airbnb stay for your next trip, follow these simple steps to ensure that your vacation is exactly what you expect it to be.
The first step towards accurately finding your perfect accommodation is to properly understand the website. Airbnb offers a variety of filters that will help you sift through the excessive amount of options. Use these filters to really hone in on the accommodation that best suits your needs.
Heading out on a couples retreat? Make sure to look through options that offer you the entire house instead of a single room, where the hosts are also in the home. Traveling with your dog? Toggle the pet friendly filter to ensure that your fur baby will be able to tag along.
Taking the time to really sculpt your accommodation to your needs will ensure that you are getting everything you bargained for. Many Airbnb guests who have issues with the service do not pay attention to all of the details of their accommodation before booking.
You can use filters for everything from the number of bathrooms in the home, to the language that the host speaks.
This is probably the most important part of booking through Airbnb. Before we book anything we browse through pages and pages of the host’s reviews. At the end of the day, someone could describe an apartment that is quite literally a hole in the wall, as a quaint and cozy studio. Read the reviews and make sure to look out for any repetitive comments.
Do guests continue to say that the pictures featured don’t adequately represent the space? Are there numerous comments about the host not responding to messages or emails in crucial moments? These are warning signs to look out for, and after a good read through reviews, you can make an informed decision.
Contact the Host
Arriving to a stranger’s house for a weekend stay sounds a bit weird, we have to admit. This is probably one of the number one things that turns travelers off from renting through Airbnb. But your relationship with your host doesn’t have to be awkward or scary.
Once we have narrowed it down between a couple of different hosts, we always send them a message. We let them know why we are traveling to that destination, any concerns we might have, our approximate check-in time and anything else we feel like sharing that will make our stay more comfortable.
Not only does this allow us to build a rapport with our host, it also answers any questions or concerns we might have.
Don’t have to time to go back and forth with hosts? Need to find accommodations.. and fast? Look out for properties that have a lightning bolt. This symbol means that you don’t have to get pre-approved for your stay. This is the quickest way to book an Airbnb because after you press “book,” all you have to do is enter your payment information and you are ready to go.
More and more properties are available for instant booking. This leaves out the waiting game and is especially important when you are trying to book a last-minute stay.
Handle All Business Through Airbnb
Never trust any host who keeps insisting that you chat or exchange money through any portal other than Airbnb. Not only is this an easy way to get scammed, but you also won’t get any protection from Airbnb if you break the rules in their terms and conditions.
Contacting and paying your host through Airbnb is extremely easy, there should be no reason to step outside of this.
Book An Airbnb: Be Prepared
Once you have picked your desired host, get all of the information you need before you leave home. Ensure that someone will be there during the time you need to check-in and out. Make sure that you have the correct address, closest train stop, gate access codes and anything else that you might need to actually access the home. Read over the house rules to respect the home and maintain your rating and reviews on Airbnb.
We’ve had some wonderful experiences at Airbnbs across the world… and we’ve also had some mishaps. Follow these simple steps and maximize your success!
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