I am going to give you some tips on how to make your first experience great! While sharing with you how my first Airbnb went along with some snags we ran into with one my bestie reserved…. and you will see the AMAZING Shipping containerAirbnb we stayed in Las Cruces, NM!
ALSO I WANT TO GIVE YOU $40 off your first trip!! Sign up and book a trip via any of the “Airbnb ” links throughout this post and get $40 off! AND if your trip is over $75 I get a $20, which will help me to tell you about more rad places!! So it is a total WIN WIN!! 😱😍
1. Have a definite plan set!
First things first, ideally when you travel having a plan helps tremendously in setting your course. Well on our Bestie Road Trip we had to change our plans the week before, LUCKILY we hadn’t booked our hotels yet! So I went onto theAirbnb app and did a search for the date we were planning on arriving in the city we were driving to.
Figure out when you will be in what city and book accordingly. We should’ve mapped out our trip with MAX 8 hours drive time a day and not the 12-15 hours we ended up doing 😂🙄😂. We had a HUGE set back in California on the PCH ( it CLOSED, not redirect but TURN BACK AND DRIVE 2 HOURS … “luckily” we found a different route that was the windiest road on the planet!!!! 😵🤕😖)
2. Reserve ahead of time and 2 day minimum
If you are SUPER flexible obviously you could reserve something the day of, but most hosts need some notice to make sure their places are cleaned and ready for you.
Also if you are able to reserve a week or two out you will most likely find a REALLY cool place like we did with the shipping container converted into anAirbnb .. which got us thinking about doing something here in the Austin area 🤔😱😍!
Most Airbnbs request a 2 day minimum but it doesn’t hurt to ask if they would be ok with a 1 day stay. Especially if you find a place a week or two out because most likely they won’t book that day/weekend day… doesn’t hurt to ask is ALWAYS my motto.
3. Feel free to ask your hosts questions and save emails from them!
We had some issues with getting into our Airbnb at 5 am 😴 we were running behind schedule and drove through the night so we could stay at this shipping containerAirbnb in Las Cruces, NM. And we couldn’t figure out how we were suppose to get in. LUCKILY I had saved the email the host sent with the instructions with the code for the realtor lock box!
Once we slept on this amazingly comfy bed we asked if we could have an extra hour before check out so we could have breakfast and take photos of this beautiful place for my blog 😍😍😍. She was super sweet and agreed saying that she would have her cleaning crew start on the other container before ours.
Then our fruit breakfast (we picked up fruit from a fruit stand in California!) and coffee wasn’t quite enough to hold us over so we asked if she knew of anything in town. I was hoping as a local she could guide us to somewhere good instead of a fast food chain and she DID!!! It was amazing! I will do another post about that restaurant soon it was that good! Until then enjoy this adorable photo of our kiddos with dogs on the patio of the restaurant 😍😍😍
4. Be respectful of their stuff
Remember as a human to be kind and treat other people’s stuff with respect. Yes, they probably have a cleaning fee but don’t get CRAZY, these people are not multi-million dollar hoteliers. So do your best to try to put things back, clean your dishes, throw away trash etc. And this helps you to not get an additional cleaning fee because you got all “Rockstar on drugs throwing a tv in the pool” crazy.
5. Refunds are hard to get
We did run into this unfortunately, we were unable to make one of theAirbnb nights in time and tried to cancel it and ended up having to book a CHEAP NASTY hotel for about $70 for the night and then my bestie lost her other $70 from her rental because she didn’t cancel in time.
So make sure you read that too, don’t gloss over the cancelation details because traveling throws you many surprises and you might need to cancel. I think Airbnb refunded my bestie $20… which was better than nothing BUT basically meant she spent $120 on a SUPER crappy hotel I didn’t want my son crawling on the floor at or laying on the comforter 😖🤒
6. Airbnb is “usually” cheaper than hotels.
If you are able to book out a week or two before your travel date you can usually find some awesome deals. Then sometimes EVERYTHING but single rooms are booked or you are down to the bottom of the barrel which we did have to look for hotels in Sunnyvale, California. As most of the Airbnbs were SUPER swanky houses close to the beach and two mamas can’t afford $1,000 for the night.😂 We will do another post on that later, but the hotel was gorgeous and I will tell you how I got a great deal on it too!