HOW TO USE AIRBNB & AIRBNB TOP TIPS FOR YOUR NEXT FAMILY HOLIDAY
Airbnb has fantastic accommodation choices all around the world. Here you will find out how to use Airbnb and why it is the best accommodation choice your family.
WHAT IS AIRBNB AND HOW DOES AIRBNB WORK?
Airbnb is an online site where you can research, find, apply and book your own holiday accommodation all over the world.
An independent person can go online, select the location they would like to stay and research the options in the area, according to their chosen filters. Once they have selected their preferred accommodation, they then request to book directly with the owner of the property.
Airbnb Explained offers great information on the background, story, how it works as a business and whether it is safe.
WHY AIR BNB?
Research is always key in booking any kind of holiday accommodation. With Airbnb you have the added bonus of being able to read reviews from past guests. You should always read reviews from past guests.
You will get a good idea of how the communication between the host and guest was, what the space was really like, cleanliness and location. Being able to review properties, encourages hosts to really provide an accurate description of the accommodation.
It is easy to use the Filters on Airbnb. This allows you the ability to specifically indicate what type of accommodation you’d like to stay in, how many people, room numbers, dates, as well as any specific functions or features in the house. It narrows down the list considerably and makes the research process much more efficient.
If you want the ability to prepare and/or cook your own meals, Airbnb is a great option. Most properties do have some sort of cooking facilities, but with the luxury of Filters, it is easy to select that you would like this feature.
For many families, being able to cook their own meals is a great way to save money and be able to spend on other holiday activities. It is also great for those who have children of a younger age and who need to go to bed soon after dinner. Cooking at ‘home’ means dinner-then-bed is an easy arrangement, at the end of a busy day!
HOME AWAY FROM HOME
The excellent feature of Filters when selecting your property, allows you to select what you want for your stay. Particularly when you are travelling with kids or looking for a longer stay, it is important to have some of those home-away-from-home features, like a kitchen or laundry, or in some cases two bathrooms.
Another great thing to look for is a second living space/rumpus room; or, an outside area – does the property have a backyard, a courtyard, or a balcony. Everyone needs some ‘space’ when travelling, it is nice to be able to have some sort of separate spaces for those times.
Sometimes it is nice to stay out of the city centres or some of the more touristy areas where you find big hotels or main hoholiday accommodation. You’ll often find that there are Airbnb properties dotted throughout smaller residential areas or smaller towns where you would perhaps least expect.
If you are visiting family or friends, in a not so touristy area, you may be surprised but you will often find accommodation close by. This can make visiting friends and family much easier and sometimes more comfortable, particularly if there are a few of you!
HOW TO BOOK WITH AIRBNB & TOP TIPS FOR USING AIRBNB SUCCESSFULLY
- Go to the Airbnb search bar below
- Select the location that you would like to go
- Select the dates and guest numbers
- Then Search!
- Look at the Filters – cancellation flexibility, price, bedroom numbers etc; then, click on ‘more filters’
- Scroll through the revised list and click on a property that appeals to you.
- Check the following from your chosen property:
- What their rating is (Super Host is great!);
- Whether there are cleaning fees on top of what you are seeing in the price;
- Read the reviews;
- What the cancellation policy is;
- Location by map;
- Whether the booking price is based on the number of people staying or on the property as a whole;
- Whether you are going to receive instant confirmation or whether you have to request the booking (some places like to check you out before you can book with them!)
WHY WE CHOOSE AIRBNB
The longer we stay in any given place, the more likely we are going to look to stay in an Airbnb property. We have had some fantastic experiences in Airbnb properties in Australia and in Asia. We love the fact that we can get a spacious house, with backyard, kitchen and enough bedrooms.
We save money during our holidays by cooking and being able to prepare meals. Unfortunately doing washing is often an essential part of a holiday with a family, so being in an Airbnb property with a laundry, certainly eases the inconvenience of such a chore.
One consideration that is vital: everyone has different expectations of what is. Everyone has differing levels of cleanliness, space requirements, what a fully stocked kitchen looks like. Your idea of walking distance and a great location, mau not be someone elses.
Like all accommodation, you must do your research. When you are reading reviews, read multiple and keep an open mind.