Is there anything better than going on a trip and staying at a place that feels like home? What about arriving at your destination and it feels better than home? For a while now I’ve had friends and followers contacting me asking how I find gorgeous Airbnb’s. But this month sh*t got real and a bunch of people came at me. So I’m here to answer the cries of those that want to travel, or just get away from their life/home for a bit and feel glamorous while doing so.
First off, Airbnb is my go to for travel accommodations. There’s lots of reason why, but the main one isn’t necessarily the aesthetic, having a beautiful space is just a plus. Staying at an Airbnb is usually cheaper (unless it’s Kinfolk worthy) than a hotel and is more spacious and homely. Often you have a kitchen to cook in, which can be super convenient if you plan to stay somewhere longer than overnight. And from my experience a majority of Airbnb’s that we’ve booked are in really neat neighbourhoods. The one we’re staying at right now, has at least 5 nice cafes that are under a 10 minute walk from our apartment.
So, here are a few of my tricks for renting a perf Airbnb.
If you want to stay in a nice place, it’s most likely going to cost the same if not more than a hotel (depending on the city). There are the Unicorns that are cheaper than they should be. These magical listings are usually new listings, or are in a not-so-great/convenient area. Which brings me to my next point; save your favourite listings. Once Thom and I even start talking about visiting a city, my go-to is looking on Airbnb and saving all my favourite places. Sometimes I'll even randomly scroll through a city on Airbnb and save the cute and creative listings
Choose your highlights.
You might be going somewhere warm and really want a pool. Or maybe you want to be downtown right where the action is, or in a naturey spot. Take the time to think of what’s most important to you, then book based on that. I know this sounds simple, but Thom and I ended up cancelling an Airbnb booking on our Vietnam trip because we realized after we booked that we wanted access to a pool. Thankfully the host refunded us completely, but we could’ve lost out on some money. These are three things that I would take into consideration before booking a place:
Location, Amenities, Ambiance
After you prioritize what’s most important to you, you might not find everything on that list, but you’ll find what’s best for you. Once we cancelled that Airbnb in Vietnam, we booked another place; one with a pool. The apartment itself was clean, but wasn’t very nice. We didn’t care about the aesthetic because we knew we’d be spending most of our time walking the streets, going to coffee shops, and at the pool.
Be flexible with your dates.
So once you’ve started saving places that you love, instead of putting in the specific dates that you’re traveling, look at the listings on your Wishlist and see what dates are available in the time period that you’ll be in a city. Sometimes Thom and I will stay at multiple Airbnb’s just because one of our favourites is not be available for our desired amount of time. Lastly...
Travel with friends.
Traveling can be expensive, and booking a Instagram worthy Airbnb can be even more expensive. So get a budget, and get those friends together! Whether you want to plan a friends weekend away or a couples hangout, taking people with you can really cut down costs in multiple ways. Not only are you splitting the cost of an Airbnb, but if the listing has a kitchen then you can also split on the cost of groceries. If an Airbnb is nice then you’ll want to spend time there. When Thom and I went on a trip with our best friends to Cali, we only ate out a handful of times and then went grocery shopping and made food at our Airbnb's the rest of the time. And if all of your friends are lame, or maybe they’re great but are on a tight budget. Save your pennies and travel alone or with bestie. You don’t have to go far, for my birthday Thom booked me an Airbnb in a city that is 20 minutes away from our doorstep. It still felt so exciting and adventurous to be staying at a beautiful Airbnb for the weekend.
So, this is just part one to a two part series about Airbnb. When I started writing this I realized I have a lot to say about my Airbnb experiences. So, part two is about the Trick’s of booking and staying at a place. I love Airbnb but not all of my stays have been perfect. That being said, they’re still my favourite and I would pick them over a hotel 100p of the time. This next post is going to have two of my cray (not the good kind) Airbnb stories, so you won’t want to miss out.