By Farirai Sanyika
Airbnb is a great platform to use to find accommodation for travel. It is unique in that Airbnb allows people to put their rooms, apartments or houses up for short term rental. Instead of staying at a hotel, you can stay in a house instead. As Airbnb continues to grow in popularity, the list of accommodation options can be overwhelming when trying to select a stay for your trip. So in this article, I will show you how to find and save accommodation on Airbnb in a way that will speed up and optimize your search.
#1 DEFINE YOUR SEARCH CRITERIA
The first step in finding accommodation is knowing what you want. Spending time thinking about this is a big time saver. You need to be as detailed as possible. If you are planning a group trip, start a WhatsApp group and ask everyone to mention their accommodation criteria.
To guide you through this, ask yourself these questions:
- Which areas will be suitable for my stay?
- How many bedrooms will I need?
- Do I want to have cooking facilities?
- Would I like to have garden space?
- What type of entertainment will I want to have?
- How much money do I have available to spend on accommodation?
#2 – REGISTER AN ACCOUNT ON AIRBNB
Before we can get into how to best use Airbnb, you will need to sign up for an Airbnb account. Fortunately this is a quick and easy process. Sign up for Airbnb using my code and you will receive a discount on your first qualifying booking.
#3 – LEARN HOW TO MAKE AN AIRBNB LIST
This step is the key step to optimising the way you use Airbnb to find accommodation. Airbnb has a very useful feature called Airbnb lists. This feature allows you to organise the accommodation options that you love into nameable lists that are saved to your profile. If you aren’t using this feature,
Now let’s go through the steps to creating lists on Airbnb. It’s super easy.
- Click on your profile then click “saved”
- Click “create list”
- Give your list a name & choose between the privacy settings options:
- “Everyone” means any sent the link to you list can access it
- “Invite only” means that only invited people can access the list
#STEP 4 –SAVE ACCOMMODATION TO YOUR LIST
If you are already familiar with how Airbnb works, you may know how to search for accommodation on their platform. You simply enter the location (required), travel dates (optional) and number of guests (optional). Airbnb then outputs all accommodation options under that location. Depending on the popularity of Airbnb in that location, there may be hundreds if not thousands of accommodation options. I’m sure you will agree that there is no time to go through hundreds of Airbnb options to find the one you want. This step shows you how to narrow it down to only output the best options.
Remember how you defined your search criteria in step 1? This is where that comes to use. Click on “More filters” to apply all of the criteria you decided on. In this example, I selected that the accommodation I want must have a kitchen, air conditioning, WIFI and a tv. Notice how the number of accommodation options significantly reduces the more you apply filters. Now you focus on only going through the options that meet all your preferences. As you go through the accommodation, save the ones you love the most to your list. You do this by simply clicking on the heart which appears over each accommodation’s image.
#5 – SHARE AIRBNB LISTS
The great thing about using Airbnb lists is that it saves you a lot of time. Now that you have the very best options saved in a list, you can simply select your choice from that list when you are ready to book.
The time saving factor is not the only advantage of Airbnb lists though. The other great feature is that Airbnb allows you to share your lists. You may be wondering why that would be an awesome feature. People that you share your list with are also able to make changes to it. This means that if you are planning a trip in a large group, everyone is able to contribute to the accommodation search by working from a universal list.
Remember to start practicing this method so that it sticks. Though we cannot travel at the moment, we may as well use this time to sharpen our travel skills. Visit Gophari.com for more helpful travel tips.
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