Airbnb has served as the benchmark for oh so many vacations, trips and holidays over the course of the last few years. Alas, the process of actually booking an Airbnb is a tricky one, and that's why we're here to talk about some of the thoughts and ideas that pop into your head before you sign on the dotted line.
Some are pretty silly queries, but a few are essential for the overall success of your trip, regardless of where it may be. Here are 10 questions that we should ask ourselves before booking an Airbnb.
10 What Kind Of Trip Is This?
Before heading off on the Airbnb trip of a lifetime, you must first question what kind of trip it is going to be.
Some holidays (or work assignments) involve a lot of walking, so you might only use your Airbnb as a place to lay your head down at night. Alternatively, it may just be a chill-out getaway in the Scottish Highlands, in which case one of the priorities will be ensuring that the Airbnb in question is as comfortable and homely as possible. Don’t base your decision on impulse, because that’ll almost always lead to some form of disappointment.
9 How Far Away Do We Want To Be?
Building off of the previous point, it’s always important to consider the distance between the Airbnb and any other locations that you want to visit on your trip. Public transport can often play an important role in factors like this, but it’s vital to ensure that the information is readily available to you. If not, then this could cause some serious communication issues between both parties.
Mileage is going to be key, and it could remove a big aspect of the stress that comes with not only booking a trip but also with actually going through with it.
8 Can We Bring The Dogs?
Dogs are a man’s best friend, and that much is just a fact. Even with that being the case, though, not every Airbnb will allow you to bring your feline friend along on the journey.
Make sure you read the fine print and see whether pets are allowed at the place where you want to stay or not.
7 How Many People Can We Fit?
Dividing up the price of an Airbnb between any given amount of people is always bound to make a trip easier from a financial point of view. However, if it’s a really long trip, simply finding somewhere big enough is considered to be one of the most troubling aspects of it all.
Some folks have been known to ask for a house with space for six, only to bring a few more than that, knowing that there are very few ways in which it can be proven that they brought more if the host isn’t in the area.
6 Are There Any Bad Reviews?
It’s incredibly rare to see a whole collection of outright bad reviews on a notable Airbnb property. The company doesn’t allow people to carry on functioning under their rules and regulations if that's the case.
However, sometimes, there can be a needle in the haystack that you need to find in order to give you a bit of clarity regarding your potential stay. It could be incredibly specific or very petty, but it’s always nice to compare and contrast between potential options.
5 Could We Do This Hosting Thing?
Hosting a property on Airbnb sounds like a lot of fun, but there’s also a lot of planning that goes into it. First of all, you need to get some high-quality photos together of your property, before formally setting up a profile.
Then comes the process of actually weighing how you’re going to do it because unless you have a good few properties in your name, a system needs to be put together. You'll have to work out whether you’ll rent out the whole place or just one singular room.
4 Quality Or Quantity?
What do we mean by this? It’s simple: instead of looking too far into the quality of the pictures that you see, perhaps reading all of the great reviews (alongside the Superhost status) is going to be a better route forward.
The same logic can be applied to many aspects of Airbnb travel, such as the stereotypical quality of the destination above the number of reviews suggesting it may not be all that it is cracked up to be. It’s an in-depth process.
3 Is This Too Good To Be True?
For the most part, people know what they’re going to get with a hotel. It’s relatively safe, it’s going to keep you pretty warm, and it will provide certain services that other forms of accommodation don’t. It’s familiar, in short.
So then, when you see an Airbnb offering you that and so much more, it sends a few alarm bells into overdrive. While it’s nice to picture a world in which such an idea has been created, you won’t know whether or not it is legitimate until you’ve tried it for yourself. Taking that leap of faith, in many ways, in both fun and terrifying at the same time.
2 Is It Safe?
The specific location can give you an idea as to what the surrounding area is like in terms of safety, but beyond that, you’ve also got to consider the property itself, too. The locks need to be checked, observation needs to be conducted in order to see whether they are many (if any) alarms, and you should spend some time with the host in some capacity, whether it be in person or over the phone.
Nobody wants to be scammed out of their money and while that is certainly a rare occurrence on Airbnb, you never can be too sure.
1 What’s The Exact Location?
Once you've booked your stay, the specific location for this destination will be given to you. From that point on, it’s a case of communicating with the host as thoroughly as possible, arranging transportation, and building the excitement for the journey that lies ahead.
It doesn’t matter if it’s just a few hours down the road or on the other side of the planet. The whole idea of Airbnb feels so much more personal, and every step is pretty unique in order to coincide with that.