Airbnb has taken the short stay world by storm. Whereas in the past you had to contend with commercial outlets like hotels, motels, and lodgings, today you can easily “Airbnb” when traveling. How convenient is Airbnb? Why is a world with Airbnb so much better than a world without it? Elias Markos is a real estate developer based in Toronto, Canada and knows quite a bit about houses, housing and traveling. Here, he shares his top five benefits of using Airbnb when traveling.
Airbnb’s cost structuring is very different from that of a hotel, says Elias Markos. A hotel, when costing its services, must factor in numerous costs. These include the cost of servicing the entire property (including empty rooms), staff costs, goods used in the hotel, licenses, taxes, food, security, and many others. An Airbnb, on the other hand, only has a handful of costs to absorb, allowing it to charge way less than a hotel. These costs savings are passed on to travelers, instead of being soaked up as extra profits as is the case with hotels and other commercial establishments.
Airbnb is an amazing link to the local community and culture, which to Elias Markos is a fantastic benefit. When you visit a new country, staying at an upscale hotel will tell you nothing about the locality. In most cases, such places are deliberately insulated from the local culture to offer visitors a neutral experience. If you want to immerse yourself in the local culture, he says, an Airbnb will give you just this, letting you leave with rich memories of a new place.
Of late, Airbnb has been adding new services that hosts can offer guests. In some areas, you can purchase an accommodation plus city tour package from a local host. With this arrangement, you get to see a new place through the eyes of a local. Comparatively, when you visit a hotel and book a local tour, you will be taken about by a professional tour guide who is only there to show you what is on the itinerary. In this way, an Airbnb helps you experience the world in a whole new way.
Wide Standardized Selection
Airbnb has over six million places to stay worldwide. That’s a staggering number. What’s amazing about this statistic is that all six million listings are standardized listings. That is, they are all privately owned properties that offer the same experience. If you consider the hotel industry, says Elias Markos, you cannot find this level of standardization. Instead, you will find such wide variances; you would not know what to pick. With Airbnb, you know that whichever of the six million properties you pick, you will get the standard Airbnb experience.
When looking for an Airbnb, you can use a wide range of filters to find just the right place to stay. With filters that include location, home type, number of rooms, number of beds, amenities (kitchen, shampoo, heating), facilities (pool, gym, free parking), house rules, neighborhoods and a host of others, you can easily filter down to a few choice properties. This, says Elias Markos, is a massive benefit Airbnb has over traditional hotels.
An extensive traveler, Elias Markos understands the need to have an effective short-stay game plan whenever traveling. He suggests you try out Airbnb to experience these five benefits for yourself. He’s quick to add that not all experiences will be perfect, but they will all be memorable in one way or another.