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How to Ensure Your First Airbnb Stay is Flawless | Travelling overseas? Have you considered staying in an Airbnb apartment? It's a great way to travel, but before you take the plunge be sure to read my essential tips .

Over the years I’ve become somewhat of an Airbnb veteran. Though most of my stays have been truly wonderful, there were a couple of not-so-great experiences that, in hindsight, could have been easily avoided.

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Searching For The Perfect Stay

Before you start your search think about what type of experience you want to have at your destination. Are you looking for a action-packed inner city stay? Or perhaps you just want to relax, unwind and read those three books that have been sitting on your nightstand all year.

Deciding what type of stay you want to have will immediately determine:

  • Whether you want to rent a room in someone’s house, or would prefer to rent an entire place to yourself
  • What area is best for you

Start a Wish List

Once you’ve decided on which area you want to stay in, start saving rentals to your wish list. To make the final decision easier jot down any notes about the rental what makes it special (like “gorgeous patio” or “giant bathtub”).

Airbnb in Stockholm, SwedenOne of my favourite stays to date was this apartment in Stockholm, Sweden. 

Things to Look Out For

When adding rentals to your wish list keep an eye out for rental images and hosts which have been verified by Airbnb. It’s just one simple way to make sure what you’re seeing is what you get.

Make sure you also have a really good look at the photos and the listing specifications. The photos may make the rental appear as a spacious 2 bedroom apartment whereas the reality may be something very different.

SEE ALSO: My Favourite Airbnb Stays 

Read the reviews. All of them. Recently I was about to book a stay in a gorgeous apartment in Istanbul in our favourite area. I was just about to click the ‘confirm’ button when I started reading the reviews. Every single one complained about the same issues– the air conditioner kept shorting out the power and the owner was never able to be contacted by his guests. Not wanting to spend our last few days in Istanbul in a pitch black hot box I booked an alternative stay.

Also, it’s important to remember that Airbnb is illegal in some cities around the world.

Airbnb in Màlaga, SpainOur gorgeous apartment in Málaga, Spain. Check out the listing here

Once You’ve Booked Your Stay

Get in touch with your host well before your stay and tell them your plans for the day of your arrival. Specify whether or not you’ll have a phone and/or internet access and how they should best contact you whilst you’re in transit. Ask them also for some tips on where to eat, drink and buy groceries nearby.

If you’re catching a taxi to your stay most hosts are more than happy for you to give the driver their phone number for directions (this is a blessing when you can’t speak the local language!).

Arriving at your rental with enough daylight hours to find your place is always a good idea too. Cab drivers and Google Maps can lead you astray from time to time and you want your arrival to be as stress free as possible.

But is it right for you?

Remember, Airbnb isn’t for everyone. Those comforts that come with a hotel room (such as a maid service and fresh towels) generally aren’t there and you’re a much more independent traveller.

It’s also extremely important to be realistic with your expectations– remember a lot of renters live in the spaces they lease out and the space will often have their homely bits-and-pieces laying around.

Have you ever stayed in an Airbnb apartment? Was your experience positive? I’d love to hear form you in the comments below.

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Happy travels!

kate

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