Do your Research before Booking!
Before you book an accommodation make sure you do your research.
This seems like a given; however, there are several things to consider. Things like the availability of public transportation, safety, proximity to the airport and the size of the country are all things that you need to consider when booking your Airbnb home. If you are on budget and plan on visiting a large country, realize that public transportation is going to be very important for you to get to places like the grocery store or excursions. If you do not plan to rent a car it may be important for you to be in walking distance of a grocery store, restaurants, etc.
If you decide to rent a car for a month, you will find out very quickly that you may spend over $2,500 a month for a car in many countries because of 3rd party insurance. If you can, plan the cities you visit around good public transportation, you may be able to cut the cost in half or maybe less. There are many occasions when we choose our Airbnb home based on its proximity to the town, shopping, and restaurants, so we don’t have to rent a car during our entire stay.
When can I get the best deal?
Everyone is obviously going to put the dates of their travel in their search, but here’s where we might be able to give you a tip or two to help cut down on costs. Every country seems to have their high and low season. If you’re traveling for extended periods and you’re on a budget, it might be worth staying away from…. let’s say Italy in July. Sometimes it just can’t be avoided, but when possible stay away from the month or two everybody wants to be in that country.
The longer you stay at an Airbnb, the better the deal (usually). Most of the homes have weekly and monthly discounts. We have found, the weekly discount seems to range from 0 to 20%, and the monthly discount can range from 0 to 70%!! So play with the time frame and dates a little, if you are lucky enough to stay for a longer period of time, you will most likely get a better deal.
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How many guests will be joining me?
On the guest’s tab, make sure you’re accurate in regards to how many guests are going to be at the house. Number one reason is sometimes you may look through the pictures, think you see two beds only to get to the destination and find out that there are only two guests allowed. The biggest thing that you have to be aware of with guests or the number of guests is some places charge extra for additional people even if they have extra beds. To give the best example, our daughter will be visiting us once a month on our travels. We strategically try to book homes that allow three people and don’t upcharge. Throughout a month, it’s hundreds of dollars if you’re not careful.
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Are you looking for the entire place to yourself, a private room or a shared room?
Depending on your budget, there is a place for you. The only time that I can think of where it was beneficial for us to stay in a private room in someone’s home was in London. There are two reasons, number one there’s a lot of places to see and things to do in London, and we thought it might be helpful to have somebody who has lived there for years give us advice regarding what to see and do, along with other general tips. As you’ve probably heard, the costs in London are higher, and we wanted to stay in the city center, so it was more cost effective than having our own place. It has turned out to be a great way to experience a new country, meet new friends and learn about the area. Whether you choose the entire place to yourself, a room in someone’s home or a shared room, Airbnb has something for everyone.
What amenities are essential to me?
First off, just because we think an amenity is essential for us does not mean it will be for you. An example of this might be Wi-Fi. We are traveling the world vlogging and blogging; it is imperative that we have internet or Wi-Fi so we can upload, download, and get things ready for our business. There will be many people reading this that have no interest in having Wi-Fi while on vacation because they are going traveling to relax, unwind, and detach from their phones and devices.
We always mark a kitchen as an essential amenity, partly because we stay in these places for an extended period of time, so it is more cost effective, and we like the roomy feel of this type of living. If you are traveling on a budget, getting a place with a kitchen is going to save you a ton of money. Going to the market and purchasing local produce, along with whatever you need to make your meals will help keep costs down. If you are traveling for a more extended period and have limited clothes, you might want to look into places with a washer and dryer instead of having to find a laundromat every week.
Make sure you read the reviews.
So now you’ve narrowed down the homes that fit your price range, amenities, etc. it’s time to read the reviews. The reviews are some of the most important things you’re going to read to learn about the property. It’s incredible what previous visitors will write about and how in-depth they get. There have been so many times where we had specific questions after looking at the photos and 9 times out of 10 someone answers the question in the reviews.
This is time-consuming, but it’s a significant step, as you want to make sure that the pictures and descriptions are an accurate representation of the home. We have spent hundreds of hours planning our world trip, and one of the best programs that we have come across to keep everything in order is Trello. If you would like to learn how to use Trello click here. Click Here. We have a Video and a Blog on how to set it up for your trip planning.
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