Airbnb hacks and suggestions – how I saved $750 on Europe lodging

I have been residing primarily in Airbnbs and VRBOs for the previous three months and these are a number of the methods I’ve realized alongside the way in which to save lots of money and get essentially the most out of my journey lodging.

One technique even saved me $750, and one other hack I needed to study the arduous means after every week of surprising sleep.

A few of these suggestions can seem to be frequent sense, however it’s all the time price holding them entrance of thoughts when reserving lodging to your subsequent vacation (or long-term keep).

And bear in mind that you’re the buyer, you possibly can go searching for the perfect offers. Typically a resort room is the most cost effective possibility.

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How I saved $750

My spouse and I stayed for every week in Prague at what is basically an Airbnb resort.

The Prague Astronomical clock and gothic towers.
The town sights at Prague. (Brandon Livesay)

You arrive at a foyer with a self-check-in machine that appears a bit like an ATM. You scan your passport, signal on the display and it spits out two room key playing cards. 

We booked it on Airbnb for an honest charge. However after staying there and actually loving the trendy services, we determined we might return for all of October (we’re at present digital nomads, working overseas).

This time we have been in a position to save 15 per cent (which works out to be about AU$750) as a result of we have been supplied a particular low cost by reserving by way of the constructing’s personal web site.

The web is your pal. When you discover someplace cool, be sure that to do a search to see in the event you can e book it on one other platform for cheaper charges. 

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Message your host if you wish to keep longer

Privately message your host if you wish to keep a bit of longer, you would possibly be capable of pay money and keep away from further charges. I did this not too long ago and saved about $100. 

I booked an residence within the seaside city of Sarande in Albania for a couple of week. I foolishly determined to drink some spring water within the close by mountains and spent the following few days on demise’s door.

So I made a decision it might be a good suggestion to increase that keep and truly depart the toilet and benefit from the seaside. 

We Whatsapped our host and requested if we might keep a couple of extra days. He was completely satisfied to swing by and take money, so we prevented the charges and he additionally gave us a pleasant little low cost. 

Methods in itemizing images

A fisheye lens with barely out-of-focus photographs is an immediate no. Chances are high that enormous mattress is a grotty little couch.

Inside a small Airbnb apartment with sofa bed.
It seemed loads greater within the itemizing… (Brandon Livesay)

Even be cautious of a bunch of images of close by sights and sights, which means good location however horrible lodging. And if there are not any pics of the bed room, chances are high you may be sleeping on the sofa. Do not assume it has something that is not in these pics. 

One factor I pay further consideration to is the toilet. Showers in Europe suck. Most are tiny and so they do not drain correctly. A photograph of a giant, good bathe is an immediate win.

Location is vital, however dig a bit of deeper

Do not spend all of your time searching for a pad in a cool neighbourhood with out trying out the rapid environment. 

Verify Google Maps to see if eating places and bars are on the identical road to see how noisy it is going to be. 

Sunset views of Saranda beach in Albania.
This Airbnb had unimaginable views, however as quickly because the solar went down the seaside golf equipment blasted music all night time. (Brandon Livesay)

I not too long ago stayed in a small residence reverse a restaurant that stayed open till 2am and its clients have been ingesting booze out on the sidewalk till closing time. 

Watch out at seaside cities too, a few of these seaside bars will blast music all night time lengthy (Heyyyyy Macarena).

Filters are all the pieces

Know precisely what you need and use these filters aggressively. It saves you time and avoids disappointment. 

There’s nothing worse than rocking as much as your new dwelling at the beginning of a heatwave and realising you forgot to tick the ‘will need to have air-conditioning’ field. 

Key options I all the time search for are AC, self-check-in (some hosts can get cheeky with late check-in prices), home to your self, a washer, kitchen and at last, good WiFi. 

If the WiFi data just isn’t listed, ask your host for the connection velocity, something over 30mbps will probably be adequate to stream some exhibits and do any work. 

The washer means you possibly can pack lighter and it can save you some huge cash with a kitchen – even when it is simply making your personal brekkie and cup of tea within the morning. 

In case you have the money to splash out, you possibly can’t go incorrect with the ‘water views’ filter.

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The view from the vineyard at The Barrels restaurant at Gjirokaster in Albania.
Ask your host for some suggestions and also you would possibly end up sitting in a quiet winery like this for dinner (That is The Barrels close to Gjirokaster) (Brandon Livesay)

Profit from your host

Hopefully your host is aware of the realm and has some stable suggestions. Notably if you’re in a non-English talking nation. 

Hosts have instructed me all the pieces from their favorite seaside to keep away from crowds, the most cost effective and most scrumptious native meals I’ve ever eaten, and even which taxi firm will rip-off me (to be sincere, each taxi firm tries to rip-off you). 

Keep longer and save stacks of money

When you keep for seven days you get a reduction on Airbnb. When you keep a month, these reductions get severe (I am speaking across the $1000 mark). 

So verify the + or – 2 days possibility within the search to see if extending your journey might prevent huge bucks. 

Stairs are the satan

I have been caught out by this manner too many occasions.

A woman leans stares out of a window overlooking the hills of Florence.
An unimaginable view, after hauling suitcases up all these stairs. (Brandon Livesay)

In case you have a giant suitcase (like my spouse does) and you should lug it up 5 flights of stairs (like I do), that is an issue. 

Not in every single place has an elevator, notably in older cities.

Do not depend on it, generally whenever you add up cleansing and repair charges you’d be cheaper to remain in a resort room.

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