Tips for Booking an Airbnb for the First Time

The pandemic had swept away our travel plans last year. I’m sure you still wish to resume the unfulfilled beach vacation that ended with all of us stuck in our homes. But thankfully, now’s the time to finally click on the checkout button for your airbnb and fly out for your dream vacation. 

With the COVID-19 vaccine available for the public and safe travel measures in place, you finally get to finish what you started. The mountains are calling (or the beaches if you like). 

So, are you ready to pack your backpack and leave for a long week off your hectic lifestyle? If yes, then start by booking a stay where you can laze around and enjoy a sunset with your friends and family. 

Need a helping hand? Follow these tips to always score the best Airbnbs wherever you go.

Make a List of Your Must Haves

When traveling with a group, it’s important to stick to the needs and preferences of each individual. Because you don’t want a cranky sister who doesn’t like the view from her room’s window. 

The best way to avoid leaving out your friend’s requirements is to make a list of your must haves. From the budget and a big kitchen for trying different wok recipes to a swimming pool or hammock for kids, make sure you are clear about what you need. 

The next step is to apply the filters. Airbnb allows you to apply different filters to your search. Make use of each of them to find what you need in the most streamlined manner. 

Check the Property Thoroughly

A week-long vacation requires proper planning because you don’t want to be irritated for the entire trip about a broken door or a leaky toilet seat that you missed checking on. While you can always ask for services such as a handyman or an emergency plumber in Cheltenham for any possible issues on your property, a thorough inspection before checking in is always the best idea.

Whether you are using the website or the app, you have access to dozens of pictures of the location. Examine each one of them carefully. Check the rooms, the view and most importantly the neighborhood. Research about whether you have a market nearby or if it is a completely isolated property. 

Recently, airbnb has also introduced the element of virtual tours. Hosts can add a 360° view of their property on the listing which just makes your job easier. 

Be Transparent With the Owner

If you need more information about a property or need to ask for some additions, you can contact the owner. It’s best to always go for owners who have a superhost badge. It’s an indication of the quality and best hosting abilities of the property owner. 

You can inquire about the cancellation policy, check-in time and the rates of different services. Generally, some facilities are not included in the overall rate of the property. You can directly contact the owner and inquire about such things in detail.

Don’t Ignore the Reviews and Ratings

Reviews and ratings are there for a reason. You can get a lot of input with what others have to say about their experience living in a property. A lot of what you see in the pictures and descriptions can be made up or brushed to look appealing but the reviews of the guests will give you the real story. Remember to check them before finalizing a property for your vacation. 

So, whether you choose a tropical location or a small town in Pennsylvania for your post pandemic vacation, remember these points to get your hands on the best airbnb property every time. 

Delores Morris

Delores is an avid traveler and tries to experience as much as she can. She likes to immerse herself in the culture of the place where she is and find things to do that are not as mainstream. When she isn’t off on an adventure she likes to plan and plot her next trip.

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