Being a broke college student has its perks-- not only has it taught me how to solve derivatives, but also how to travel while on a major budget. Today I'm going to share with you all my tips on finding a safe and high quality Airbnb host within your budget. PLUS, click here to get $40 off your first Airbnb booking!
Tip #1: Its all in the details.
One little detail I try to always look for when searching Airbnb hosts is the Superhost badge. If a host has a Superhost badge it will be displayed next to the host's profile photo.
So what does a Superhost badge mean? This badge acknowledges Airbnb host that have consistently high reviews and provide exceptional service for their customers. Airbnb automatically assess the progress of Airbnb host 4 times a year to determine if they have earned the Supoerhost badge.
- Hosted at least 10 trips
- Maintained a 90% or higher response rate
- Completed each confirmed reservation without canceling
- Received a 5-star review on 80% or more of all reviews.
For more extensive information on how to earn a Superhost badge and what benefits it has for hosts, click here.
Although Superhost have this badge to acknowledge that they are experienced and well rated host, please always make sure that you are fully reading reviews. While having a Superhost badge is reassuring it shouldn't be the only deciding factor.
What better way to explore a new place than from a locals perspective? Airbnb hosts typically provide information on the surrounding neighborhood, but under the neighborhood information there is usually a blue link titled "Host's Guidebook". This guidebook holds all the recommendations from that specific Airbnb host. These tips can help you get a better idea of what's around and what there is to do in that location.
Tip #2: Check the surrounding location.
Typically when planning a trip I have a pretty clear idea of where I want to go and what I want to do. For me, this helps with being able to find an Airbnb that is central to the locations I want to visit.
Pro Tip: Airbnb only provides you with a general location, so I usually take that location and pull it up in google maps. Doing this allows you to see exactly whats around, which will help with avoiding sketchy locations.
Its always helpful to understand a location from a locals point of view, so make sure to read up on what the host has written. Sometimes hosts will leave tips on local restaurants, shop, etc.
Tip # 3: Read ALL the reviews.
This is the MOST important tip of all! It may seem like common sense to read the reviews, but many people either skim over them or only look at 2 or 3 reviews. So to start off... don't skim or only look at a few reviews. Below I provided an example of a helpful and specific review that should aid in deciding on an Airbnb. The second example shows a review that is vague and does not help with making a decision. Also, look at the overall rating and number of reviews the host has. I try to avoid booking places with less than 10-15 reviews because it doesn't provide me with enough information to were I can feel comfortable enough to book the home.
Tip #4: Know what you want.
What is my budget? How many guest are going? Do I want a shared space or the entire home? These are all questions that should be decided upon before looking into Airbnb locations. Looking at locations without these questions answered will result in having approximately 2 billion options left for you to sift. Sooo to avoid all that nonsense be sure to answer these questions and be as specific as possible when filtering the options. It will make your life a lot easier, I promise!
Tip #5: Find a diamond in the rough.
When looking for a Airbnb you will probably come across 50 not so pleasing listings before finding one decent listing. Even though you find one decent listing you need to remember that the perfect listing is still out there. Just make sure to not settle for the very first decent place you find.
Pro Tip: Typically when I am deciding on my final pick I usually have about 3-5 final options that have about the same pricing, location, etc. From these 3-5 options I tend to make my decision based off of the hosts' house rules/ description as well as the overall look of the home.
Now that you've finally made it to the end I hope these tips and tricks will help you in the future when hunting down the perfect Airbnb. As always if you need any additional suggestion or help feel free to let me know!