5 things to keep in mind while Airbnb-ing in Europe

Airbnb is a pretty cool flexible and affordable way to book places to stay in when you’re traveling but there are a few things you should keep in mind that’ll make your trip a bit less stressful and easier.

  1. Check the cancellation flexibility of the listing – On Airbnb you can set the flexibility of your cancellation policy of your listing. If your plans are tentative, but you’ve found a really good place that is usually booked, you can check the flexibility of the listing and book it ahead. That way you can secure the booking but not worry about committing to a certain place.
  2. ALWAYS read the reviews – Airbnb is based on reviews. Hence, the number one rule of booking through Airbnb is read the reviews. Sometimes the places are fairly new and don’t have many reviews or any reviews at all but you have to make a judgment call in those cases. But I recommend reading reviews for places that you don’t want to fall through.
  3. Create a wishlist – You can create wishlists on Airbnb and pool all the listings you like. This allows you to have a glance at them and compare them before booking. All the listings have unique things to offer, and each one can seem more tempting than the other. Creating a wishlist allows you to plan ahead and not crowd your chrome tab at the last minute. You can also invite the people you’re traveling with to your wishlist and ask their opinions on the listings and they can add new ones that they like too.
  4.  Communicate with the host – You’re going to be in living in someone’s house, even better you’re going to be living in a local’s house. Airbnb hosts are mostly happy to give you a quick run through about the area that their house is in, what are the attractions near it, how easy it is to get to the place; you name it. Communication with the host is essential when you’re booking an Airbnb. The bonus about this is that when you get there, they’ll be more than happy to direct you around the area. And as a traveler, nothing is better than having a local on your side helping you out.
  5. Research about the area – It is always a good idea to research more about the area that the listing is in. You don’t want a good listing in a very dingy place. If it is a popular tourist city or area, you will find heaps of blogs and reviews about the place. And you can always ask your host about the area and crosscheck it with the reviews to estimate the honesty of their post.

Overall Airbnb is based on a network of trust and honest reviews by people like us traveling the world. Out of the 10-15 places I’ve booked on Airbnb, only one has been very disappointing. So the positive outcome is very high. I have had the best experience with Airbnb and I suggest people to take more risk and start trusting the internet more. 🙂

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Best of luck for your travels and I hope this post helped you out a bit.

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Introduction – Travelling around Europe on Peanuts

Europe is not cheap. The flights are expensive, the food is expensive, their currency is more expensive and when you’re spending in a currency that is more expensive than the currency that you earn in – everything is super expensive.

When I first met my boyfriend he was planning on going to the UK to visit his mum and also make a mini Europe trip out of all this. At this point, I was both happy for him, hated him, envious of him and couldn’t see how this was fair. He had been to Europe before, not to forget USA, Iceland and more than likely some other place. The only place I had ever been was Nepal and that one time I stepped over the border to China. I took a huge gamble then and decided that if I could save enough money I would go with him to Europe. God knows I’ve wanted to do it ever since I was a little girl. <probably every girl who isn’t born in Europe dreams about this, but it was a pretty big deal for me>

Even thinking about traveling to Europe was a big victory in my half. I cannot imagine how a 19-year-old me even had the guts/determination to save up for this trip – but she did and she went to Europe. Because I was a student and so was my boyfriend, this whole trip was planned around a very tiny budget; most of which was spent on my visas.I’ll make another post about that as it was a challenge in itself.

The one thing that made the whole trip possible was Airbnb. Airbnb allowed us to have a more or less central location without the prices of a hotel room in the city. Another factor that made the trip possible was my boyfriend’s  mother. After we had saturated our funds we ended up leeching on her for a couple of weeks. I don’t know how I will ever repay her, but I do plan to try.

I’m planning on turning this topic into a daily blog for a couple of reasons:

  1. I don’t want to condense all the information into one massive post that people will find hard to read
  2. Different topics in this trip deserve a certain amount of attention which one blog would definitely not be able to satisfy.
  3. I would love people’s feedback on this so that I can improve as I go.

I hope you look forward to reading more about my trip. I’ll try and post every day so that I can finish talking about this trip and discuss other adventures that I’ve had.