I completely understand, and it was the reason why I had to totally rethink my ‘location independent’ lifestyle and our slow travel process. My boyfriend and I traveled solely via Airbnb (USA only) for 4 months. Sought the highest rated places, usually $2,000/month.
Airbnb (or any rental system I’m sure) is rough in “non-vacation mode” because they are not going to have everything you need day in day out, no matter the place. Can opener…sharp knives…a functional shower head, who knows, but things you need are not going to be there and it gets old quick after day 14, 15…As a week long vacation it’s great - who cares about no can opener!
When my boyfriend and I started to collect kitchen tools that we had to travel with because our Airbnb places constantly were lacking, we knew we had to change.
We gave up and decided to rent a place somewhere and plan trips out from there - a home base. It’s obviously dependent on your setup, but these rentals just aren’t a solution for trying to live a normal life but on the move, in my opinion. Another thing to think about is the inflated rent. If you look at Zillow rent vs. what you are paying - we often found it to be $400+/month more. Which is understandable, it’s a hot market. But I’d rather rent my own place, try to get the most flexible lease terms, and save.
Or, maybe consider what we did before we decided to give up, which is carry around a bag full of random key accessories that are often missing in these places. I like the checklist idea too.
For us, that could have been fine, but the consistent slow (but reportedly “fast”) wifi was the killer for us. We are both web developers and work from home and the speeds were never adequate to have a video conference and such.
Now, we have a rental that we will rent out on Airbnb and take long trips from there. Having a functional place to come back to is a relief. It isn’t my dream digital nomad lifestyle, but I just don’t know what to do to make Airbnb style rental life work without numerous frustrations and compromises.