Even though I only used Airbnb for the first time back in March, I like to think that I’ve become very good at finding the best places to stay in, for the best prices and it’d be rude of me not to share some tips on how to do that, right? While I absolutely love staying in hotels, there’s nothing quite like having your own apartment to stay in when travelling to a new city. It gives you the option for cook, and just generally gives you a lot more space than a regular hotel room would. Even better, if you’re on a budget but still love travelling, you can pick to rent a private room in a house or an apartment rather than an “entire place” like they call it on Airbnb and sometimes this can be up to a third cheaper than a hotel would be. You can read my first post about Airbnb and what we thought of our first experience here, and if you want some tips on how to find Airbnb gold, then just keep on reading. I must also preface this post by stating that nope, I’m not working with Airbnb to promote them (although I’d definitely love to do that), I just genuinely really love this way of finding accommodation for travelling.
1. Make Use Of The Filters
When you first use Airbnb it may be a little confusing as it just throws a big old list of places to stay at you. I always filter first, and then start to look through the list so that I’m not looking into apartments or rooms that don’t have what I’m looking for. For example, if you’re looking for a place to stay for 4 people, make sure you put that option into the bar of filters on the top of the screen. Or if you are on a budget, use the price filter to set how much you’re willing to spend on a place to stay. I will often go into the “More Filters” option and check options like “hairdryer” because no matter how light travel hairdryers are, I need that extra space in my suitcase, or “wifi” for obvious reasons. This helps to cut down on the list of places that are available for your trip and should help the decision process be a lot easier.
2. Use The Map To Your Advantage
As well as the list of accommodation, Airbnb also has a handy map on the right hand side of the screen that I always use to find the best places to stay. If you’re looking to stay right in the middle of the city, make sure you zoom in on that area so that only the central places to stay are shown, or if there are a few sights that you want to see all in a particular area, you can use the map to choose an Airbnb that’s closest to this area. The map can also be used in places like Croatia (which I’m currently researching for a possible trip) to find Airbnbs with amazing views of the sea, so it’s definitely a good tool to use.
3. Superhosts Are Where It’s At
We’ve only recently come across this tip but it’s one that I would say is an essential if you want to have the best Airbnb experience. Superhosts are hosts that are highly rated, very responsive to messages, and a very reliable, so just all around good eggs. On the “More Filters” section there’s a toggle you can click to only show Airbnbs from Superhosts so if it’s your first time using Airbnb and you’re a little sceptical as there are some horror stories out there, then I’d definitely click it just to have peace of mind.
4. Always Read The Reviews
5. Self Check-In Makes Everything Easier
I hope this post was helpful to anyone who hasn’t used Airbnb much before and of course if you have any more questions about it, just pop me a message. Thanks for reading!