I was reading an article the other day on AirBnb entitled, Three Ways To Embrace Slow Travel This Fall”. It reminded me of our slow travel adventures with AirBnb, which is our preferred way of slow traveling.
Remember, there are no do’s or don’t to slow travel. It really doesn’t matter where you stay. It’s all about being mindful and enjoying the moment. We have ‘rules’ and things we look for before we rent a place.
1. GOOD REVIEWS
I realize this is a no brainer, but we have been burned. Don’t just rely on the star rating because people can be passive aggressive. They will give it a 4 or 5 star rating and then write a bad review. So really drill down and read at least the last 6 months. More importantly read the entire review, not just the first 2 lines!
We stayed at a place in Aberdeen with a 4 star rating and it was a dump. In fact, we stayed one night and left. When we looked back to see where we went wrong…we found hidden ‘little nuggets’ in the reviews, like the bathroom sorely needed an update, needing repairs, the building was junky, etc.
2. WELL STOCKED KITCHEN
For us, slow travel means enjoying a relaxing meal together after a long day of road trips and touring. So that means cooking our own meals. We will eat out occasionally, but 90% of the time we eat at the AirBnB.
By well stocked–I mean pots, pans, cooking utensils, knives, etc. You know, the usual stuff you cook with. We have been to AirBnb’s that had 1 pot and a dull knife. So you need to specifically ask the owner.
Nothing worse than a kitchen, with no pans.
3. WASHER AND DRYER
We have to have a washer and dryer so we can bring less clothes. There is nothing better than clean clothes during a 1 month trip. But, many Airbnb’s will list “Washer/Dryer” and in reality there is only a washer.
For example this Airbnb listed a “Washer/Dryer” and many have combo machines, but this didn’t. So we had lots of wet clothes.
For some AirBnb owners, this is what they mean by a dryer. I guess technically it is a dryer, but in our world, it is not. So we have resorted to asking if the dryer plugs into the wall.
We always rent a car. They aren’t as expensive as they used to be, it’s so much easier and probably cheaper in the long run. But you will have to park the car somewhere at the end of the day. So make sure to check.
We have been in a places with parking spots, a few where there was nothing and had to park blocks away. A few of our Airbnb’s we had to pay for parking, which wasn’t disclosed when we rented it. So if you plan to rent a car, make sure to ask.
5. PROXIMITY TO MAIN AREAS
When we rent an AirBnb we like to make sure it’s close to the main areas like the market, the shops and the sites. It’s so great to be able to wake up in the morning and stroll through the town, maybe visit a castle and not have to get in the car.
For the most part, we have been really lucky with AirBnb’s now that we know what to look for.
Where do you stay and what do you look for when you slow travel? Do you stay in AirBnb’s or Hotels? Let us know.
Happy Trails 👣