5 Tips for Getting an Airbnb You Won’t Regret

There are a few things that can turn your trip sour – falling sick in a strange city, losing your passport, or missing your flight back home, for example.

But few things can compare to spending your entire holiday in rubbish accommodation. Even the excitement of being in a new city, the sights, people and culture may not be enough to make up for paying for, and sleeping in an accommodation you don’t like.

Guide to booking Airbnbs

Airbnb is fast becoming the most common form of accommodations for visitors to a new city. There’s a great range of Airbnb accommodations to suit all budgets, they give you the opportunity to enjoy the new city from the perspective of the locals, and sometimes, you can even meet a lot of fellow travellers from other cultures too.

Unfortunately, it’s possible to pick an Airbnb that you’ll regret. Here’s how to help you avoid this…

1. Research the neighbourhood

Make sure you do some research about neighbourhoods beforehand – you don’t want to pick your Airbnb accommodation in a sleazy neighbourhood. Thankfully, the built-in map feature in the Airbnb app allows you to explore the neighbourhoods without visiting.

Do a Google search of the neighbourhood. This way, you’ll find information that’s unavailable on the Airbnb app. If you’re visiting a busy or popular part of the world, look for information on crime, shopping, transport, and other essentials that would help influence your decision.

2. Read reviews

When making important decisions such as where to stay, where to eat, and where to visit in a strange city, never underestimate the importance of online reviews. For Airbnb, accommodations usually have ratings and reviews dropped by people who have stayed there before. Read through as many reviews as possible to get a feel of what you are getting into.

Booking Airbnbs

The reviews will provide important information such as proximity to transportation, ease of access, friendly neighbours, and whether or not you should expect noise at night. These are some of the issues that the host will not mention on the listing, however are still valuable tips and should be considered.

3. Shop around

Booking an Airbnb accommodation for your next trip is no different from making other purchases online, therefore, don’t be in a hurry to make a choice.

Airbnb Experts at Hosts and Homes suggest taking time to shop around and explore multiple listings. They offer valuable Airbnb tips, so you should take them into account whilst searching. So unless you are someone who enjoys spontaneity, put together a number of choices, and weigh the pros and cons of each of them so that you make an informed decision at the end of the day.

Most cities have thousands of listings, so you should have a lot of options to choose from.

4. Contact your host before booking

Never assume that your questions will be answered when you arrive, or that you’ll find the answers you seek online. Nobody knows the city and neighbourhood better than the owners of the listing, so it’s a good idea to contact the host before making the booking.

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Not only will you get answers to some of the important questions you have, but you may be able to gain insight into the type of person you will be staying with when you communicate with them.

5. Read the fine print carefully

Naturally you’ll be attracted to the pictures and description on the listing, but don’t forget to pay equal attention to the fine print – rules, regulations and policy.

Will you be allowed to bring your pet? Can you bring in a visitor? Can the visitor stay the night? What about the cancellation policy?

These are important parts of the booking that can make or mar your holiday.


One of the greatest benefits of staying in an Airbnb is that your hosts can serve as your local guide to this city. It is also the best and fastest way to integrate into the new culture, so you should make the most of it.

I hope these tips come in handy for your next trip abroad!

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