Going on a vacation is a joyous time for a family. There are so many places in this world to go and explore. However, vacationing can be very expensive and that is why more and more families are relying on renting an Airbnb instead of going the traditional route of booking hotels. There are so many perks to going with an Airbnb that make going that route worth it. A home away from home is the perfect way to enjoy a family vacation.
When you are looking to rent an Airbnb for your family, you want to be sure that it will be the perfect place to stay. You scour the ads online and click in your criteria to be sure that you get a place that is suited to your families’ needs in the location you want to vacation in.
Renting an Airbnb isn’t that simple when you are traveling with kids. There are a few things you should really consider before making the final decision on the place you are going to put your family in for the length of your vacation. Some details are ones you thought of and others might seem less obvious. Just make sure you know these things before renting an Airbnb.
20 What are the neighbors like?
You might think to yourself that it doesn’t matter what the neighbors are like because you are only there for vacation and doubt you will see them. For all you know those neighbors could be the loud partying type of people or people who hate kids and will be rude to yours. You want to find out what you can about the neighbors before you commit to spending any period of time next door to them, with your kids. You can ask the host about the neighbors before you arrive so that you know who will be next door to you.
19 Does anyone but the host have access to the Airbnb?
There is nothing that is more frightening than having a strange person walk into your home when you are there with your kids. Before renting an Airbnb, find out from the host if someone other then them have access to the rental. Is it jointly owned, does the co-owner know they are renting it, is there a friend that used to pop in once in a while and never knocked? These are some very important things to find out from the host before you make the commitment to bring your kids into this person’s home. You don’t want a space that could be invaded at any time.
18 What areas should be avoided?
You did your research and found the perfect place to rent for your family vacation. You are thrilled to get there and have some much-needed relaxation. When you were choosing your perfect place to stay, did you consider asking about the neighborhood? Every place in the world that you go to will have its areas that are sketchy. You want to make sure you know what areas should be avoided before you bring your family there and accidentally wander into an area you should have avoided. Make sure you find out what places you should stay away from before you arrive.
17 Is there anything in your place that can be dangerous to kids?
Renting the perfect place is only part of the battle when looking for a vacation home. People’s homes, even when for rent, are usually filled with things that they own. These are things that stay in the home when they rent it out for a vacationing family. Before arriving with your family, find out what things there are in the home that can be dangerous for the kids. Even if this doesn’t sway your decision against this home, at least you are prepared for what to expect before you kids are running around a strange home. It’s always better to be safe.
16 Find out if the host is an actual human.
Airbnb does it’s best to make sure that when you are looking for a place to rent while on vacation, you are renting a place from an actual human being. However, like anything on the internet, there are ways for bots to get into everything. When you have settled on the perfect place, make sure you get in touch with the host, if not for anything else, then to be sure that the host is an actual human being. This is important so that you don’t get scammed by someone wanting to steal money from you electronically.
15 Parents should find out what the reviews say.
Looking at pictures and reading descriptions is only half the battle when looking to rent an Airbnb. If you want the full, well-rounded picture of the place you are going to take your family too, then start reading reviews of people who have been there before you. Don’t just look at the positive reviews, look at all the reviews and then make the judgment for yourself. Both negative and positive reviews can offer you a lot of information you might not have otherwise thought to find out. If you see a place that looks perfect for your family and suits your budget exactly, but there aren’t any reviews, be skeptical.
14 They should look into the neighborhood and not just take the host at their word.
Searching out the perfect place to rent, that has the right number of bedrooms, in the right price range is only half the battle. When traveling with your kids, you want to be sure that the neighborhood is suitable for children. Do your own research. Don’t just take the word of the host that the neighborhood is good, make sure on your own. There is very little you can’t find out in today's technological age. Be an internet ninja, find out everything you can about the place you are going to be staying with your children.
13 Know what backups are available if the Airbnb doesn’t turn out to be what you wanted.
It doesn’t happen often, but every once in a while, you can encounter some issues that make the place you booked to stay in a no go. No matter how meticulous you are in your planning, there are somethings you don’t find out until you get there. In the event that this happens, you need to have a backup plan. Especially when traveling with children, you want to be sure that you know what options are available to you if the place you booked to stay in doesn’t work out. Always have a plan B and a plan C in place before you arrive in a strange location.
12 Are children considered as extra guests And If So, What Are The Charges?
When renting through Airbnb there are all kinds of options you can filter your searches through. However, not all places will provide full disclosure of their costs. Some places might seem like the perfect place to take your kids, but when you arrive they don’t want kids in their residence or charge more money for kids. This is something you should know before you book a place to stay. When traveling with kids find out if those children are considered extra guests and what the charges associated with it are. Also, find out the age limits of those costs. Do they charge the same amount extra for your 1 year old that they do for your 12 years old? This is something you want to look into before you arrive so that you don’t end up with surprises.
11 Are There Any Kid-Friendly places nearby?
It comes par to course that if you are traveling with children, you want to make sure there are kid friendly places to go with your children. However, though you might pick a destination that has plenty of kid things to do, but did you look into the neighborhood you will be staying in? Before arriving, you want to know if there are local parks, water parks or playground that kids can play in safely. Having plenty of local kid things to do that are just steps from where you are staying will help make lazy days more possible.
10 How many beds are there in one bedroom?
People can post anything online. When you are choosing an Airbnb for your family, you can’t always expect there is full disclosure on the details. You see that there are two bedrooms, which will suit your family of 4 well, but do you know if there are enough beds? There could be two bedrooms, but what if there is a queen bed in one and a single in the other? This is information you want to be sure about. Don’t just take the amount of rooms posted as being enough, get all the details you can on sleeping arrangements.
9 What is the location versus local hospitals and emergency services?
Planning your vacation down to the detail is something most families do. You know all you can about the town you are going to be staying in. You can never plan for an emergency, but you can make sure to be prepared before an emergency happens. Since most accidents happen at home, do enough searching for a location that is nearby to emergency services. You want to make sure that when traveling with kids, you know the nearest locations of all emergency services and what services they offer. Hopefully you will never need to use these services, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared.
8 What kind of internet connection the Airbnb has.
You plan out every day perfectly for your vacation, then one day you are stuck indoors due to the fact that you planned an outdoor outing that day and it is now pouring rain. You need to find a way to occupy the kids when they are going stir crazy at having to be back at the rental. Since the internet has a whole arsenal of things that kids can do, it is probably a good idea to find out if the internet speed at your Airbnb can handle being used by more than one person. Sometimes you just need access and it will help if you don’t have to wait hours for dial up.
7 Getting specific details on things like stoves and laundry facilities.
When renting a home away from home for a vacation, you are wanting it to feel somewhat like home. Especially if you are going to be away for an extended period of time that goes beyond the standard 2 weeks, you want to be sure your ‘home’ has all the amenities you will need. When renting an Airbnb with kids, making sure there are things like stoves and laundry facilities available will be very beneficial for you. Not only does this make it cheaper on the pocket book, but it also helps when laundry needs to be done because kids got more clothes dirty then you planned for.
6 Are there any spaces/rooms kids should not go in? Are they locked?
Renting someone else’s house or apartment always comes with the chance they may have things that are not suitable for kids. Making sure you are aware of these things will help you prepare for it. However, did you think to ask if any of the rooms are off limits? Looking into this with the host is another way to help you prepare for any potential obstacles. Find out about certain rooms that kids shouldn’t be in, find out if these rooms are locked and if they aren’t, what is in them. This is all apart of being prepared for traveling with your children.
5 What the nightlife is like nearby, is it noisy?
Choosing a home that has everything you could possibly ask for is hard enough. When you find this rental for your vacation, you are excited and feel ready to get going. When traveling with kids there is so much that needs to be taken into consideration. You find that perfect home, but then get there and find out that the kids can’t sleep at night because it is noisy and cranky kids makes for a very long vacation. Check with the host and the surrounding areas of the rental to see what the nightlife around there is like. Are there karaoke bars or loud events, these things will help you determine if your kids will get a good night's rest or not.
4 How many sets of keys come with the place?
Going away from home with kids is unpredictable at best. When looking for an Airbnb to rent, you might want to check how many sets of keys come with the place. That way you and your partner have a set of keys in case one gets lost. The same goes for if you are single and traveling with your children, having an extra set of keys is always a good idea because you never know what kid might reach into your bag and drop them out or where you might forget them because the kids distracted you. It’s always a good idea to make sure there are spares.
3 You can get in contact with the host before your stay.
For all your preparation, there is one way to gain some valuable information, get in touch with the host. Airbnb does allow you to get in contact with the host before you commit to a place to rent. By doing this, you can get a feel for the person you will be renting from and find out more about the home, area and city you will be renting in. Speaking to the host before committing to a place will help you make an informed decision about where you’re renting and who you will be renting from. Take advantage of this.
2 Are they clear about their expectations regarding families?
Now that you have been in touch with the host and you are making arrangements to rent their place, offer full disclosure about your family. Be sure the host is aware of how many kids you have, what ages they are and then find out what hosts expectations are regarding families. It is important that you know what they expect from your family when staying there. Things like squealing kids and neighbors is something you want to know when looking for expectations. Be candid with your host and ask that they also be candid with you.
1 Is there any outdoor space and if it is safe for children?
Most hotels come with a garden area you can walk in, a pool for swimming and rec room. Places outside the room is always beneficial for when you have kids and are away from home. Find out if the place you are looking at renting has any outdoor space available. Also, make sure to find out if that space is kid friendly or if there are things to be aware of. Balconies with large gaps between bars, or a backyard with a pool can be hazardous if it's not fenced. These are just some of the things you want to find out about when looking for outdoor space.
References: Yahoo Lifestyle, International Traveler, Almost Fearless