Again, another #nonspons post. This is just my pure opinion because I just feel like someone, somewhere is bored enough to care.
LoudHotBlonde’s Guide to Airbnb
When traveling, I always explore the available Air BnB’s in the area thinking, “THIS will be the time I go for it!” & each time I never do. I’m all about that #hotellife; robes, slippers, continental breakfasts, and a low chance of being murdered (depending on where the hotel is). On a recent trip to San Diego, my friend Angela convinced me to ditch the #hotellife, and try out AirBnB. She’s always had a great experience, and I figured since it would be the two of us, why not. Rather than rent an entire place to ourselves, we decided to be frugal and stay in an extra bedroom in an apartment in the Gaslamp district where the host already lives.
It ended up being an interesting experience…let’s just say that the description was misleading & the room we thought the host was living in was actually being rented out as well. Anywayyyyy, here are a few of my FUN tips for Air Bnb!
*Disclaimer: I am not a well seasoned world traveler so these might not be the best tips…but you get the idea*
Tip #1: CHECK THE REVIEWS, THEN CHECK THEM AGAIN
Literally, read the reviews. When you think you have a full understanding of how the host is & what the home/apartment/boat/etc. is like, read them again. From the reviews for where we stayed, it made it sound like the host lived in the apartment full time while occupying one room, and we would be staying in the other. This ended up not being the case. Upon arriving to the Air BnB, there was no sign of life in the apartment (pictures, items in the fridge, etc). After watching a strange man walk into the apartment as we were packing up to leave on the final day, and after really digging into the host’s bio, we discovered she actually rented multiple properties, including the other bedroom we thought she lived in. Sketchy situation, but probably could’ve been uncovered by doing more research before we booked.
Tip #2: CONFIRM THE AMENITIES
Make sure you really know what is included in your stay. Towels? Boom. Bluetooth speakers? Great! Sheets/linens? Fabulous! If you’re planning on cooking, are there plates and silverware? For all you know, there could be just one spork for the whole house, and you can’t cut steak with that, no matter how tender that cut is. Also, just because there’s a TV, doesn’t mean there’s going to be cable, or even remote. Figure out what amenities are important to you in advance, and READ READ READ the descriptions to make sure you’ll have access to things that you really can’t pack up and bring with you.
Tip #Tres: BE GOOD TO YOUR HOST
Treat others how you want to be treated. Our experience was interesting to say the least, but at the end of the day we were staying in someone else’s home. We did have a few issues with doors, and things along those lines, so we immediately reached out to our host for resolutions. Don’t want until it comes time to leave a review and then write something very heated. If there’s an issue you’re experiencing, there’s probably a quick solution to that issue. Follow the rules, do your research, respect the home, and you should be fine.