AirBnB is a great alternative for families from the usual hotel stay. You can travel like a pro and enjoy all the comforts of home when you use AirBnB, VRBO, or Homeaway as your choice for accommodations when traveling. These are all commonly chosen alternatives to the traditional hotel stay when you are traveling. What are they? They a hotel alternatives. Those listed above are lodging sites that functions as part of the sharing economy — essentially, people rent out their rooms, apartments, and houses to people looking for a place to stay. Hotel alternatives are very similar in the way they are managed and the advantages and disadvantages of each. In this post I will focus on AirBnb only.
Travel Like a Pro by Using AirBnB for my Families Stay?
- Rentals can vary but often are 1 or 2 bedroom homes or condos. This provides needed private time for parents away from their young children in the evenings.
- The things that you might need to have fun during your stay are often included. Bicycles, kayaks, free parking, games, TV with premium channels, and more. This reduces the total cost for your families activities.
Washer and Dryer
- Free use of laundry facilities with the needed soaps available. Great for families with young children.
Located in a neighborhood
Personal recommendations from host
- Your host has recommendation of local, less expensive ideas for places to eat and attractions to visit.
Lower in price
- For the amenities and space and extras offered the price is usually lower than a hotel stay.
Free reliable WiFi
- The WiFi is included and very reliable because it is your hosts everyday connection.
Here Is How It Works
- Log into AirBnb and request your destination and dates for your stay.
- Travel like a pro by select the filters that fit your families needs. (Room type,price range, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, neighborhood and amenities.)
- Do this search 3-6 months in advance of your stay for the best options available.
Creating a Profile
- You are applying to rent someones home when you create your profile. Be as detailed as possible when you are providing the information. The benefit to you will be in finding the property that best sits your needs.
- Put yourself in the place of the renter. What would you want to know if you were to rent out your own living space? In doing that you will be providing the renter with information they want to know to feel safe renting their space to you.
- Using the filters properly will have narrowed your search to the properties that fit your needs within your price range and for the dates of your stay.
- Look at all the pictures and descriptions that are provided. Be sure you understand what it looks like and what is provided.
- Read written reviews. You will get a feel for who has stayed there and what their experiences have been.
Send Your Request
- Narrow your search to your top three places that you want to stay.
- Ask any questions that you have about the property that you need clarification on. If you aren’t sure if there is soap or a bathtub or an outside space be sure that you ask before you book.
- Avoid requesting your stay at the last minute. Allow plenty of time to be comfortable that all of your questions have been answered before booking.
Booking Your Property
- After getting responses from you top three choices narrow your choice to the two best options
- You now can feel free to ask any additional questions that you have thought of or make any special requests that will accommodate your comfort during your stay.
- It is also possible to negotiate the price a little as well. Understand that the host is able to assign their own price and are not going to provide your stay for free. However if you have a reasonable request be sure to ask before making your final booking.
- Be considerate of the space. You are a guest in someone’s home. Items that are listed in the agreement are the only items you have permission to use during your stay.
- Keep the rental clean. Don’t leave a big mess for the owner to come back to.
- Follow the guide lines for using and leaving the home that are provided.
- Be cuteous to your host. They are a great resource for you during your stay. If something is not as you expected be sure that you communicate with your host so they can correct the issue.
Leave Fair Feedback
- Your host has allowed you to use there property for your stay. They need your honest and fair feedback about your experience. Give honest and accurate feedback about your stay. The rental you booked was 30 minutes away from the city you wanted to visit when you booked your stay, and during your stay you found that to be inconvenient for you, it is not fair to comment negatively about the location. The host informed you of that upfront.
- Be timely in your feedback. Provide feedback within a couple weeks of your stay.
- There is an opportunity for private feedback to the host for improvement that you would not offer to the public.
Additional Insight for Success
- Cleaning Fee is not included.
- Security deposit that is refundable after your stay if no damage has occurred.
- Fees are charged when you book and not after your stay.
Hotel Service not Available
- Daily maid cleaning is not usually provided with your rental stay. If you have an extended stay it is something that you could negotiate.
- Room Service is also not available. You have kitchen facilities at your use or can order delivery options on your.
- Everything you need is not always described fully. Example: The number your rental sleeps may be listed as 6.This does not mean that there will be 6 beds. There may only be 3 beds. It is also possible that the bed might be a futon or bunk beds.
- Be sure to ask about anything that is not in writing that you are expecting. Also ask about anything you do not clearly understand.
- Cancellation policies are not standard. Be sure you understand what your options are for cancellation before you book your rental.
Traveling like a Pro using AirBnb means trusting your Instincts. You know what is best for your family. Allow yourself time to do the thorough research needed to make your stay comfortable. Every rental is right for everyone. Make the decision that is best for your family and your situation!
Tell me about your experience with AirBnb. Where have you used AirBnb for your stay? What can we learn from your experience? Leave your Travel like a Pro tips below.