5 Easy Ways to Make the Most of Your Next Airbnb Stay

As a digital nomad traveling long term, I’ve learned the importance of mixing things up when it comes to hosting. Staying in hostels can be a great way to save money and meet other travellers, but staying there for long periods of time has its pros and cons. House sitting can be a great way to experience a new place for free in exchange for keeping an eye on people’s pets when they’re on vacation, but the opportunities aren’t always available for your dates or in the locations. where you are traveling.

For those times between house sessions or when you feel totally on top of all #HostelLife (it happens), Airbnb and other vacation rental sites like this have been an affordable and life-saving bargain. It’s sort of the best of both worlds, with local residents renting guest rooms to visitors so you can still have your own space while also getting the chance to meet new people. And while Airbnb sometimes gets bad press for eroding local neighborhoods or for hosts ripping off their guests, keep in mind that many people simply use the service to supplement their monthly rent or mortgage payments by renting out rooms. friends in their homes. In its purest form, an Airbnb stay can provide a great window into a new destination, especially if you follow these five tips and make an effort to get to know the people hosting you.

Filter your search according to your needs

Play around with the website’s search filters as much as you want to find a place that’s exactly what you’re looking for. Do you need a Wi-Fi connection to be able to work from home? Isn’t not having a washer and dryer, kitchen access, or air conditioning a major factor for you? Do you have a certain budget in mind? Do you prefer a unique stay in something original rather than a regular apartment or flat? Does it have to be in a specific neighborhood and do you want your host to be able to speak a certain language? Plug everything in. Check these boxes to find the perfect amenities and accommodation type to suit your needs. It is your trip after all.

Use all hosting options

If staying in your own apartment seems too expensive or if you are traveling alone for the first time and feel more comfortable having people around you, rent a room in someone’s house instead of the whole apartment. ‘place. In Penang, I booked a room in an apartment above a family’s frozen yogurt shop and ended up chatting with the owners and playing peekaboo with their two-year-old son every time I passed. During a recent stay in Perth, my host, his roommate and I became friends and the three of us continued to meet up for dinner and hitting the beach long after I left. Another host invited me to take part in a sailing trip with his team, while in another rental, I made friends with a girl who was staying in one of the other rooms of the house. If you are willing to share a super clean bathroom and shower with a few other people this can be a very affordable option, often just a few dollars more than staying in a hostel, only this way you will get the your room.

Get to know your hosts

I’ve touched on this before, but getting to know the people hosting you can sometimes make or break your Airbnb stay. While some hosts have set up safes so you can get into the house on your own, others prefer to be there and meet you at the door so they can show you around. On my first trip to Madrid I rented a small apartment near the city center and my host met me at the door, showed me around, pulled out a map and spent 30 minutes in review all of her top recommendations for things to do (and overrated things to avoid), the best places to go for tapas, and where to find her favorite flamenco shows. Other hosts have created travel guides or booklets filled with recommendations and insider tips for visiting the area, which are incredibly helpful when visiting somewhere for the first time. You can also chat with the owners through the Airbnb app in case any questions arise during your stay, so at least contact them that way if you can’t meet in person. Having that little human connection in a new place is a good thing.

Consider other factors

Sometimes you’ll come across an ad that’s much more affordable because it’s slightly off the beaten path or further out of town. While it may seem like you’re saving a lot, keep in mind that you’ll also need to budget for travel time and transportation options (like Uber, bus or train rides) if you’re going to visit places. attractions and nightlife closer to the city center, so maybe not such a good deal after all if you spend your entire trip to and from where you really want to be. It’s also worth checking the Airbnb rules in the places you visit, as they tend to vary by destination. According to New York State lawfor example, it is actually illegal for visitors to stay in most apartments for less than 30 days unless the actual tenant lives there at the same time – in which case renting a room instead of the whole apartment would be acceptable – and repression is what makes it harder for those willing to risk it anyway.

When in doubt, stick with the super hosts

Although virtually anyone, anywhere can post a listing on Airbnb, a special category exists to honor the best of the best. Super Hosts are an experienced group with at least 10 completed stays, an overall guest rating of at least 4.8 (meaning they’ve hosted near-perfect stays), a response rate of 90% for responding quickly to questions and a cancellation rate of less than 1 percent. Airbnb also checks Super Hosts every three months to ensure their standards are kept high. Needless to say, if you’re looking for a rental experience that’s almost guaranteed to be great, try staying with a great host. If there aren’t any in your area, be sure to read all the reviews before choosing someone to rent with. If there is something wrong with any part of the vacation rental or other factors involving the host, the booking process, or their location, someone will have mentioned it. As always, don’t forget to leave your own review after your stay – the hosts will also rate you as a guest, so be on your best behavior and treat their home as your own.

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