And now that hostel prices are more expensive than ever in major tourist cities, Airbnb is a great alternative to getting a comfortable sleep without breaking your travel budget.
What is Airbnb?
Airbnb is an online platform that is designed to book accommodations in a local’s home. As a guest, you have the option of booking an entire home, a private room, or a shared space. It’s simple: you set the price you’re comfortable with, your dates, and the kind of accommodation and the website shows you a number of places matching your criteria.
In the past, we have been able to nab homes with pools, hot-tubs, and barbecues depending on the occasion.
If you’re anything like my mom, you can be put off by paying money to stay in a random person’s home. But here’s how to book your Airbnb accommodation with no regrets.
Read the reviews
Airbnb allows guests who have stayed in a booking to review their stay. A lot of people take this time to either recommend or warn against a listing. If you take the time to read reviews you can be saving yourself a lot of disappointment and headaches. You can also give yourself a heads up to little treats and extras that hosts can do for you!
If there are no reviews, or are unsure about something (like whether you can bring your puppy along) don’t hesitate to ask the host a question. You can save yourself a lot of time questioning your choice on listings by sending the host a simple message before booking.
If you are unsure about the area, this is a good time to ask about that as well! As most hosts are locals to the area, they will be able to tell you some good recommendations close to your booking.
Will they be around?
How will you pick up the keys?
These are both important questions to ask if this is not listed in their description.
Do all communication and booking through the website.
Airbnb does a great job at protecting guests against disappointment and unfair transactions. In order for them to have your back, it’s best to communicate and pay through the platform. If communication is taken offline, they are completely out of the picture to mediate any issues that arise.
For example, if you arrive at your booking and things are super messy and not at all as advertised, you can contact Airbnb to sort it out for you. They can either give help you find other accommodations, or refund you.
This is why they charge a service fee. It might sound like a pain to pay a little extra for booking through the platform but service fees are usually small.
A deposit is also held on your credit card just like a hotel in case of any damages that a guest may make to a property. I was once blamed for damages that wasn’t caused by myself or other guests and when Airbnb came in to mediate, they sided with me because of lack of proof.
Final Thoughts on Airbnb
Our experience with Airbnb bookings around the world have been super successful, but just like anything else, a little research and planning will often save you a lot of disappointment in the long run.
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