Not that long ago the only options for somewhere to rest your head whilst travelling was a shared hostel or a hotel. Now the traveller has a range of choices to save money on their trip depending on what they want from their travel experience. Free accommodation is now possible with sites like Couchsurfing- where people offer their couches for absolute no cost or there are many sites available like
There is a different type of
Airbnb works on the concept of a host being able to monetise on their extra space. They sign up accommodation they have available and it can be rented for days, weeks or even months. This can be anything from a room in their apartment, a treehouse, boat or even a full castle. It was founded in 2008 in San Francisco and according to their website now offers over sixty thousand listings in over one hundred and
Sure you can find absolute luxury on Airbnb, but if you are looking for a cheaper bed than this is a great option for the budget conscious traveller. You can often find a single a room in an Airbnb for less than a private room in a hostel and with much cleaner and better
If you are after the social element for your trip you can still share with a couple of others in this type of accommodation- whether that’s the actual host or other travellers staying there. It can feel much more authentic staying in someone’s actual home, rather than a hotel and sub-letting someone’s room in a house with views
The process of renting an Airbnb is pretty simple. On the website you enter the details of the city you will be staying in, dates and price range and it will show you Airbnb’s that meet your criteria. Each option is very detailed with information of the type of accommodation, who you will be staying with, and the area around you including transport information. There are normally several reviews available and the host offers their details so you can contact them directly before making a decision to stay there. Once you do decide on your lodging you do have to pay up front- but for safety reasons Airbnb doesn’t release your payment to the host until 24 hours after your first night’s stay.
It is then up to you and the host to communicate directly to organise any further information for your upcoming trip. This could be check in times, where you are going to meet them, who will meet you at their apartment for instance.
Airbnb’s do not come without risk. You will be still staying with random people who you don’t know in their home, on the other side of the world. Everything we are taught about stranger danger goes completely out of the window when choosing to stay in an Airbnb. There have been horror stories from anything to do with creepy hosts to facilities that are barely
Hosts are not exempted from lodging nightmares too. Some guests are just intolerable and there
It’s no secret that the hotel industry hates the whole Airbnb concept, especially the loss of their profit resulting from it. Some cities are
With so many possible terrible situations that could come about from renting an Airbnb is it really worth the reward?
If you are planning on staying in an Airbnb the most important thing to do is research as much as possible. Read all the reviews available and if you’re still not convinced feel free to contact people personally who have stayed with your host previously. Having no reviews online or your host refusing to get back to you in an appropriate timeframe
Be smart. If it looks too good to be true it probably is. A fully luxurious apartment to be sub-letted for a whole week at less than the price of a hotel for a night probably has a catch. Or doesn’t exist.
Follow your gut instinct. If you are feeling uneasy or something is telling you to get out then listen to it. Don’t feel silly, your safety comes first.
Be realistic about your expectations. You can’t expect
Airbnb also offers insurance for the host for any damages up to nine hundred thousand dollars. In most cases that would be more than enough to cover anything that could possibly go wrong. For the sixty thousand people who offer their
The question is, would you stay in an Airbnb?