Planning a last-minute trip can always be confusing. To add to the stress is the ever-increasing demand of the hotel industry. AirBnB can be a life saviour, it’s a website which offers a wide range of options from renting an entire apartment or a guest room to a spare couch. That’s a lot, right? You can choose to stay with a roommate and that’s so helpful. I have been using Airbnb for the past three years now and I’ve figured out a few hacks and tips which I am going to share with you today.
- NEVER BOOK WITHOUT COMMUNICATING
Always try and communicate with your host to get to know them better. Go the website and click “Contact Host” on the listing page. Type your personal message to the host and start a conversation in a subtle way. Here’s an example of how you can send a message:
“Hey there! My name is Amy and I’m going on vacation to San Francisco in May. Your Airbnb listing looks great! I just have a question. Since I’m traveling alone, the safety of the area is very important to me. It looks like your Airbnb is in SOMA, and I’ve been told to avoid 6th Street. Is your Airbnb in this area? If so, I’m sure it’s still a great place; I just don’t think it would be a good fit for me. Please let me know. Thank you!”
- MAKE USE OF THE AIRBNB MAP
Airbnb has a super amazing feature which enables the user to browse through the various options displayed in the map. I believe this is a super cool feature and everyone must use it efficiently to make the most of it.
- IT IS NOT A HOTEL
When you are opting for an Airbnb accommodation, always remember that it’s not a hotel and so you should have the basic courtesy to maintain the cleanliness of the place because at the end of the day it’s their house and you get to stay there for a specific duration.
- FIND THE CHEAPER WAYS
Okay so this might sound funny to some of you who have not used Airbnb for quite some time now; sometimes, it’s actually cheaper to book more nights than you need. This has been observed in the following cases:
If the city the Airbnb is located in has a hotel or occupancy tax.
2. If the Airbnb offers a weekly or monthly discount.
- KNOW YOUR CHOICES FIRST
From the price range to the kind of place that you are looking for, know every single thing which you require and you are pretty much sorted. Make the best use of all the filters which are there on Airbnb. There’s no point in rushing to a decision when you can weigh the pros and cons of the options available.
- FOLLOW THE REVIEWS MORE THAN YOUR INSTINCT
We are living in an age where reviews work better than instincts and there’s nothing wrong in that. Browse through the rules and the readers’ reviews and you will for sure go with the best available on Airbnb.
The bottom line is that don’t shy away from gelling up with a community and I can say from my experience with Airbnb, that the biggest advantage which Airbnb offers over a hotel is that you get your hosts as your personal guides in a new place. You can ask them what to eat, where to shop and how to get around. They will make sure to help you in the best way possible in order to make your trip a memorable one.