So, for the last 5 years or so I’ve been working in the travel industry - which means I’ve not had to worry about things like accommodation, because my employer provided it wherever they sent me. This means that , although I’ve been hopping around the world for some time, some of the typical nomad tools like airbnb are relatively new to me now that I’ve crossed over to the world of freelancing.
I was looking forward to adopting a “go where the wind takes you” mantra; never booking anything more than a few days ahead so that, if I’m in a bar and someone talks about a place really cool, I can just… up and go.
Well, I’m beginning to realise, that may be an unrealistic ideal! I’ve been taking a look through airbnb (granted, it’s for Europe Summer), and I’m looking about 2 months in advance and everything is booked! Most searches I perform give back statements like “Careful, only 5% of bookings with your search criteria are left” - in fact one of the places I planned to pass through only had 1 result left available.
It appears to me that if you want a reasonable period (let’s say 2 weeks), with a few basic conditions like wifi, space to work, etc and you want it at an affordable price that you need to start hunting what… 6 months in advance? Doesn’t seem very spontaneous and nomadic.
Those of you that have more experience booking with airbnb - how far ahead are you booking to get what you need?