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7 things that will only make sense if you're a devoted Airbnb user

Bonus points if they leave beer for you.

THERE WAS A time when staying in someone else’s house on your holidays meant your family had decided to forego a fortnight in a Courtown caravan, and opt instead to make use of the spare room (and makeshift bed) in your auntie’s house.

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While you did get to run riot with your cousins, staying in someone else’s house wasn’t always the desirable option.

Until Airbnb made it so, that is.

Established in San Francisco nine years ago, the hospitality service currently lists more than 4,000,000 lodgings in countries all over the world.

And if you’re a devoted Airbnb user, you’ll know that there are certain things you can’t help but do on every trip you take.

And here are just a few…

1. Compare the images on the listing to the room you’re currently standing in.

They may have gotten rid of the New York skyline print on the back wall, but they’ve added a beanbag, and Christ, you know which one you prefer.

Also, it looks like somebody treated themselves to a new throw since they uploaded their last snaps, the divils.

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2. Get excited over the welcome treats you find in the fridge.

Sure, two bottles of beer costs about €3 here, but everyone knows that it’s the thought that counts.

And you’ll definitely be including that little touch in your review of the host, no mistake.

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3. Promise yourself you’ll put more effort into your own home.

Unless you’ve had a particularly hideous Airbnb experience, you know you’re finding the accommodation looking its absolute best, but you still can’t help compare it to your own place.

These people appear to invest in art and sculpture while you spend your money on gadgets you find in Lidl’s middle aisle.

4. Vaguely consider adding your own home to the site.

And then remember your landlord would go through you for a shortcut, and that you would, in fact, be breaking the terms of your lease, and ultimately be putting yourself on the fast track to a stint back home.

It was a nice idea while it lasted though.

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5. Begin drafting your host review within moments of entering the accommodation.

You take your Airbnb reviews very seriously, and begin drafting one from the minute you place the key in the door.

Was it a sticky manoeuvre that left you in a vague panic you were given the wrong key, or were you treated to a smooth turn and a satisfying click? This is the kind of inner dialogue you’re dealing with.

6. Waxed lyrical about the Airbnb experience to people who have yet to be converted.

You’ve spent an inordinate amount of time convincing skeptical friends and family that Airbnb is the only way to go if you want a truly authentic experience.

Sure, you could be in any generic hotel room in the world, but with Airbnb you can live like a native. Yes, you hate how smug you sound, but damn it, they need to know.

7. Eagerly awaited your own guest review.

As far as you’re concerned, you were the perfect guest, and you’ll be bloody devastated if your review doesn’t reflect that.

In fact, you appreciate a detailed (and gushing) explanation as to why exactly you’d be welcomed back any time.

Put simply, you have no time for one-line reviews, when you spent your entire trip drafting your 500-word assessment.

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