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When to book on Airbnb beforehand?


by @far_and_wide_with_joe | 3yr  | 3 comments

Hi all,

So, for the last 5 years or so Iโ€™ve been working in the travel industry - which means Iโ€™ve not had to worry about things like accommodation, because my employer provided it wherever they sent me. This means that , although Iโ€™ve been hopping around the world for some time, some of the typical nomad tools like airbnb are relatively new to me now that Iโ€™ve crossed over to the world of freelancing.

I was looking forward to adopting a โ€œgo where the wind takes youโ€ mantra; never booking anything more than a few days ahead so that, if Iโ€™m in a bar and someone talks about a place really cool, I can justโ€ฆ up and go.

Well, Iโ€™m beginning to realise, that may be an unrealistic ideal! Iโ€™ve been taking a look through airbnb (granted, itโ€™s for Europe Summer), and Iโ€™m looking about 2 months in advance and everything is booked! Most searches I perform give back statements like โ€œCareful, only 5% of bookings with your search criteria are leftโ€ - 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 (letโ€™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 whatโ€ฆ 6 months in advance? Doesnโ€™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?

Thanks,

Joe

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@lricci | 2yr

I booked Paris 1 year in advance, and that is too far in advance. I also booked Seattle 9 months in advance and that was just a bit too far in advance. Iโ€™m currently looking for AirBnB in Ascoli Piceno (small town in Italy, not on the coast) 45 days in advance and Iโ€™m having trouble finding places that work for me.
So, the conclusion Iโ€™m coming to is 6 months in advance for busy in-demand cities, and just a bit closer (maybe 90 days) for off season and less busy destinations. Yup, things seem to book earlier than ever before!

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@purmasc | 2yr

Iโ€™ve been booking a week to days in advanced and finding places for $20 - $50 a night. Depends on your needs! My requirements are - hosts with at least 10 reviews, a private room and WiFi speed of 25mpbs minimum. Hosts typically reply the same day. Frequently I have booked 1-3 days beforehandโ€ฆ So far over the past 2 months Iโ€™ve visited Budapest, Venice, Bologna, Florence, Genova, Nice and The Hague using this method.

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@purmasc | 2yr

Ive adopted the โ€œgo where the best available WiFi speed takes youโ€ mantra :smile: I have had luck knock on wood booking a few days in advanced. Most Airbnb hosts these days are VERY responsive and my only requirement is good WiFi speed. Iโ€™ve been finding places around Europe for 30-50USD a night.

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Iโ€™m toying with the idea of hosting on AirBNB, in a city that doesnโ€™t have a large digital nomad presence (Calcutta, India). What would the ideal hosting ad look like for a digital nomad?

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by @kathrynoh | 5yr 4 years ago | 51 comments

Since I started travelling 6 months ago, Iโ€™ve used Airbnb a lot to find apartments. Iโ€™ve had some great experiences but enough bad ones to start wondering about the whole system. Arriving at places to find they are nothing like described, even when they have scores of glowing reviews is not good.

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Do other people have any system for finding places on Airbnb? Do you use recommendations, send the hosts a checklist or have any other methods? Or do you just not care so long as you have a roof over your head?

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