Whatever the destination, the key to a dreamy honeymoon is choosing elements that create memorability and the post-wedding, fairy-tale getaway has long been an opportunity to visit some of the world’s most amazing places. The Airbnb community has cracked open the travel industry and completely transformed the way we see and experience new places – giving rise to a whole host of creative, off-the-grid options for traveling on your honeymoon.
From austere modern housing located at the middlemost point of the mustard coloured Californian desert, to a state-of-the-art beach bungalow that physically abuts the sea in South Africa – Airbnb allows you to slip right into the cities’ lifestyle and divulge in the communities mores with unprecedented candidacy, far outweighing a generic hotel dynamic. In one effortless and transparent transaction, you are handed the keys that unlock your chosen city, its culture and its inhabitants.
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Tips for first-timers:
1. Always check out the reviews and ratings
The rating system underpins the safety and reliability of the service. Upon the end of a reservation, both the host and guest review their experience. Guests also leave star ratings based on cleanliness, check-in, communication and accuracy, further ensuring that you are making the best decision for you and your significant other.
2. Narrow down your search options to tailor the results to your needs
The number of places available on Airbnb is overwhelming. For a first time user it may be difficult to find exactly what you are looking for, so be sure to use the advance search options to narrow down the results according to your budget, desired location and accommodation specifications.
3. Contact the host during the booking process
With any great service there are always pitfalls and stories of disappointment. You may have heard of people who claim they have been scammed or the like, through Airbnb hosts cancelling unannounced or unexpectedly. Like any smart traveler, it is important that you are in communication with the people who are providing you with any kind of service. Especially one that is arranged from the other side of the world.
4. Look carefully at the photos. . .
This isn’t to say you should scrutinise every one, but for first time users, a good tip is to look for the watermark ‘A’ in the corner of the photos. This indicates that an Airbnb representative has taken the photo of the location, ensuring that what you see is what you get.
5. Expect a different experience
Remember, you’re not staying in a hotel – the amenities and common comforts will be different – and this is what makes Airbnb such a personally unique experience. Each host has a different way of making their guests feel welcome. Some may even offer to give you a tour around their city. However, it’s up to you whether you want to engage with your host. In your initial conversation, set clear boundaries indicating the type of stay you wish to have.