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airbnb – 5 ways to pick a winner

Airbnb has opened the global doors to amazing apartments and homes in every country you could think of. I was an Airbnb first timer until last month and cannot believe what I have been missing out on.

I was slightly cautious entering our first Airbnb apartment, but was pleasantly surprised at how well it was described online. Of course, not everything is as perfect as you want it to be, we had a small bar fridge that sounded like a truck on the highway and spent 20 minutes figuring out how to lock our door, but it was in a great location and was well priced.

My favourite part of travelling with Airbnb is experiencing how people live and style their home in countries across the world. I left with so much styling and interiors inspiration! So, to help you master the Airbnb search I have shared the 5 things I learnt from our recent trip.

  1. Triple check the suburb on a map to make sure you are familiar with where you are situated. When we stayed in London I was so excited to arrive at our apartment in Paddington, until we realised we were actually staying the next suburb over in Kilburn. I planned this trip in a mad rush after hours and did not double check the addresses with the ol’ Google maps.
  2. Don’t be fooled by a quick glance at the images. Have a closer look, can you see the kitchen, bathroom and lounge area? Some places will show a picture of a lounge room and in the corner under a table is a mini fridge, which will end up being your “kitchen”.
  3. Remember, it’s all about location. You won’t spend much time in your room so keep your budget in mind and be realistic.
  4. Don’t forget abut the cleaning and service fee. You might think the daily cost is good value, but each host charges a different cleaning fee and some can be hefty.
  5. Keep in touch with your owners and communicate any issues. All of our hosts have been more than welcoming and were apologetic about any issues. Also keep in mind you will need to give them a review and they will give you one!

 

 

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