Digital Nomad: Airbnb at Affordable Prices and How To Find Deals
If you’re a Digital Nomad or an aspiring Digital Nomad looking for the easiest way to stay for a few months with in an Airbnb without breaking the bank you’re in the right place! We will detail specific ways that deals can be had in your region of choice for extended stay lodging on Airbnb.
Airbnb, an online marketplace and hospitality service that works via peer-to-peer property rental, is often cited as one of the more expensive options when choosing accommodations for international stays. This is not always true.
The way you engage the service will dictate the outcome of what you are able to find. Typically when we think of Airbnb much of what comes to mind is shared housing and short windows of time but the service also offers entirely private apartments, houses and other lodging options, which can be found through search filters at reasonable prices.
So how do you bring down the price of Airbnb? To put it simply, length of stay. This is by far the easiest and most hassle-free way to dramatically lower cost associated with the platform. Typically heavy discounts can be had if one is to designate their length of stay above a 30 day, or one month window.
For each month added, a discount will usually be applied by Airbnb. If you’re happy with what you see, of course an option is to stop here and accept the deal given to you on the platform. You may also be able to find deals on Airbnb’s sublet search.
This next step may not be for everyone, but if you’re not shy about it even better discounts can be had. Take note of this discounted 30-day price and contact the host directly through the platform. Once you’re in contact with the host you can begin the process of haggling the price down. If both parties are reasonable in their strategy steep discounts are not unheard of.
Don’t be discouraged if you find an host who will not oblige to your offer, simply continue to contact hosts on the platform and adjust your strategy as needed. A good rule of thumb is if you’re making reasonable offers you should still expect around 25% of hosts to politely decline. Always book through the platform, never in private.
Testing The Waters
Equally important is the assurance of using Airbnb. Airbnb offers generous security as a platform in terms of accommodation and mishaps that may happen. However it is advised to book a few single days before committing to a longer-term accommodation as a way to avoid unexpected surprises.
This will enable you to get an idea of the kind of expectations to have when making the decision to go into a longer agreement with the owner. Generally reviews can be relied upon on the platform but they should not be your only source for a decision involving longer duration. This can all be worked out directly with the host through the platform.
The Last Minute
One disadvantage that may impact a few Digital Nomads, depending on how they live, is that Airbnb hosts may not always be able to provide last minute accommodation. It is not unheard of for people seeking properties to experience a wait time between 24 and 48 hours for the host to finalize a stay. If you tend to make last minute decisions in your travels it might be wiser to look into stays at a local short-term hostel until longer term accommodation can be sorted through the platform.
Keep an eye out for hosts that have managed the status of Superhost. These hosts typically offer higher quality accommodation with a very lengthy track record to prove it. Many larger cities listed on Airbnb can be broken down by neighborhood, which may be especially important in filtering results for your optimal location.
Though the platform is not regularly recognized for offering spaces in traditional hotels the fact of the matter is that there are often many businesses offering traditional long term hotel and motel style stays internationally. This was not so only a few years back but as the platform has expanded this option also helps streamline the process of finding a reliable and credible place to stay.
Be sure to specify amenities that you will need, such as WiFi and other requirements. Always contact the host directly to ask for speed test results and make sure they are in line with what is required for your method of work as a Digital Nomad. Also be sure to reconfirm the presence of amenities and other expectations of the property that you have designated through search on Airbnb.
If offered by the host, schedule a pick-up location or inquire about options in the area to commute from your arrival destination.
Some countries may require international visitors to register with the local government. Be sure to research your destination thoroughly and find out if this is needed. If so, ask your host if they can obtain the paperwork in order to be properly registered with your locality if possible. As always, act with caution and be sure the host is in accordance with local law.
You don’t want to be caught up in a situation where you’re staying with a host that is not in accordance with local laws and regulations (paying taxes, etc) on your stay. Never overstay your visa for a deal.
Airbnb can be a useful and productive resource for Digital Nomads. The company has managed to make inroads in many countries around the globe since it was conceived back in 2008. By taking advantage of filters, features and additional tools provided on the platform, along with discounts- impressive deals for longer stays can be enjoyed.