August 16, 2016
AirBnBs and VRBO vacation rental properties are a hot ticket item right now for many travelers. They offer the advantage of being ensconced in an area inhabited by locals rather than in a hotel inhabited with other travelers. Sometimes the homeowners will be there during your stay; at others, you may be there on your own.
Before you book an AirBnB or VRBO vacation rental property, be very clear about what you are getting for your rental dollars. Read the reviews. Read the description of the property. Ask questions about the area. Be sure the home is suitable for your needs. For instance: Are you a family with youngsters? Ask if it is a kid-friendly neighborhood. If the street is inhabited mainly by seniors, it may not be the best choice for your family with small children or teenagers.
Very often the owners reside in the property when it is not rented to vacationers. They would appreciate your leaving it in the same (or better) condition as when you arrived.
The owners may be there throughout your stay. Let them know when you expect to arrive and when you expect to ‘check out’. If you have an early morning tour booked or will be leaving super early to drive to an attraction, give them the heads up. If you plan to be out late, ask if there is an entrance they prefer you use when you return.
Loud music and over-enthusiastic partiers can be too much for the neighbors. Having the police show up at the front door definitely will put a damper on your vacation mood, and it may get the owner barred from using his home as a vacation rental for future guests.
The owners should provide an Instruction Manual that includes – wifi password, how to operate the TV remote, quiet hours for the ‘hood, how to adjust the A/C (if it’s one of those ‘energy efficient’ thermostats that just may not be all that ‘user friendly’), maybe even a list of what to see/do, and of good cafes, restaurants, markets, and grocery stores in the immediate vicinity.
We’ve all heard the stories of the Airbnb ‘guests from hell’. Don’t be that type of guest. Here are some Travel Etiquette Tips that will result in your hosts clamoring to have you back again and again!
Airbnb's and VRBO can be a win-win for both parties
The concept of an Airbnb or a VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner) certainly can be a win-win for both parties. The property owners make some money, and you get to enjoy the comforts of a ‘home away from home’ during your vacation. That certainly sounds like a ‘win-win’ situation!
Written by Emma Ghattas