The key element to a successful honeymoon is to find somewhere that’s a once-in-a-lifetime destination, where you can relax and start off married life in amazing accommodation.
Previously this may have meant a hotel or apartment complex, but with the rise of the Airbnb culture, you can find a house, apartment or even an isolated cabin pretty much anywhere you fancy. This offers holidaymakers much more flexibility – you can stay in the centre of a city you always wanted to visit, or spend your time in the middle of nowhere, far away from hotels and noisy holiday complexes.
There’s an art to Airbnb, though and if you’re new to the culture, you’ll want a few tips on how to make it work for you and to get the best out of your experience.
Always look at ratings and reviews
Airbnb’s rating system is what makes it secure and reliable. When a reservation ends, the guest and the host leave feedback on each other. The accommodation is rated for cleanliness and convenience, and the host is also rated for helpfulness, communication and so forth. Don’t make a move without looking at the reviews.
Narrow your search down from the beginning…
…or else you’ll be looking all day! There are literally millions of choices on Airbnb, so it can be overwhelming! Pin down your budget to start with, then factor in your other needs, like proximity to beach, wi-fi, jacuzzi and so on.
Make contact with the host
Of course, you’re going to come across the occasional horror story – the house was half-built, there were roaches the size of small dogs, the place didn’t even exist… This is why you should talk to or message the host a few times before you leave. Regular and reliable contact is always a good sign.
Examine the photos
We’re not talking about taking a magnifying glass to look for dust or for inconsistencies, but to simply look for the “A” watermark in the corner of the images. This means an Airbnb representative has visited the place and taken the photos, so you can trust them.
Embrace a different experience
You’re not staying in a hotel or another sort of complex – you may have to get your own groceries in! If you enjoy pootling around local supermarkets and shops, this could be just what you’re looking for. Some hosts like to give their guests a welcome package and even a quick tour of the locale, though, so find out beforehand and enjoy the ride.