Air Bnb is no longer a global phenomenon and has become a part of the every day norm for the traveller. Allowing people a greater variety of accommodation options across the globe. Literally opening up news doors for people. Kind of neat isn’t it? With the sky high prices of accommodation in Australia is Air Bnb a better option compared to traditional hotels?
What is Air Bnb?
It’s hard to think that perhaps people haven’t heard of AirBnb or don’t really understand how it works. Airbnb is a peer to peer platform on which people can list and book accommodation around the world – whether that be a spare bed, a private room or a whole house.
Booking with Air Bnb is similar to traditional booking methods. You search, find a place that you like that’s on your dates and within budget and send a booking request. A lot of hosts are now accepting instant bookings, which makes like a lot easier. Once your booking has been confirmed send your host a friendly message to say hello.
Is Air Bnb popular in Australia?
A Deloitte Access Economics report for Airbnb found that Airbnb guests make a significant contribution to Australia’s economy, contributing $1.6 billion in GDP and supporting over 14,000 jobs. With hosts across Australia accommodating around 2.1 million guests for 3.7 million nights in 2015-16.
Airbnb guests are now a significant driver of the tourism economy, with a total contribution to Australia’s GDP of $1.6 billion in 2015-16, supporting over 14,000 jobs in addition to the activities of hosts.
So I guess if we trust Deloitte then yes Air Bnb is rather popular in Australia. If you’d like to read this report in more detail go ahead – Deloitte Economic effects of Airbnb in Australia
Oh the places you can go.
We’ve been big users of Air Bnb for a few years now. We tend to go to odd places in odd times and that makes finding traditional accommodation either more difficult to find or just too expensive. Air Bnb has
Tasmanian standard hotels were a little bit more expensive than what I had budgeted for. With a very loose itinerary and really letting us wherever we felt like on our road trip, I didn’t want to be locked in by strict check in times. We had a wonderful experience at Richmond and Sheffield – photos below.
Glamping in a ger in the King Valley was an amazing experience. Hidden away atop of a ridge line amongst an old vineyard.
The System Isn’t Perfect
Sad but true. The Air BnB system has it’s issues, which have been well documented. Dirty properties, guests not able to get in contact with hosts, unsafe properties. Which is easy to see how this can happen. You, the average person is dealing with Host also an average person. That’s kinda the backbone of the system. Connecting average people and not professional hospitality staff members.
Tips & Tricks for being the perfect AirBnB guest
Communication is key – Ensure you communicate really clearly with your host. If you’re going to be late, if there are any issues.
Don’t be a dick – I know I say this a lot but you’re most likely renting someone’s home. So treat it better than what you treat your own. Most Airbnbs won’t have a cleaning service so when it comes to cleaning, it’s DIY. If a cleaning fee is charged that’s for after you leave
It’s Not A Hotel – there is no 24hr check in. Make sure you communicate clearly on what time you can check in.
Just because it isn’t a hotel doesn’t mean that there are no cancellation penalties. Some hosts are flexible, others not. Make sure you read the cancellation policy before confirming your booking.
Review Away – read the reviews. Understand the reviews. And leave an honest review.
Would we recommend that you use Air Bnb in Australia? Yup without a doubt! In most major cities it’s a hell of a lot cheaper than middle range hotels. We’ve met some really lovely hosts along the way. Is it worth the perceived hassle? Yes, it is.
Have you ever stayed in an Airbnb? Have you got any tips or tricks to add to your list? When you choose a place to stay, what’s on your list of love, want, need?
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