10 Airbnb Tips for the Expert Traveler

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Whether you’re a well-seasoned traveler or a newbie, these Airbnb tips will help improve your next stay. Feel free to leave your own Airbnb tips in the comments below.

Thrifty Tip: New To Airbnb? Sign up using our link and you will receive $40 towards your first stay (we will get $20 as well).


Read the reviews 

I’d avoid Airbnb’s with no reviews or less than stellar ratings. The host may be new to the Airbnb scene and you never know what you’ll get. Also, make sure to actually read the reviews. Mrs. TT and I recently stayed at a beautiful Airbnb in the Scottish countryside. The property was great, but we had no idea it was located next to a large oil storage facility (yikes). We would have known if we had dug a little deeper into the reviews.


Travel with a group

Airbnb is great for solo travelers, but you can really save some coin if you’re traveling with a group. It’s easy to find apartments or houses for 7-10 people (lead photo). Dividing an apartment or house with a group cuts your lodging costs significantly.


Bring your own shampoo and body wash

Having the shower essentials is hit or miss with most Airbnb’s. Always bring your own shampoo and soap. We always bring carry-on sized bottles from previous hotel stays.


Washer & dryer 

Find an Airbnb with a washer and dryer. This will help you pack lighter, which makes a big difference if you’re going to be covering a lot of ground. We typically do laundry at least once during a trip.



If you have an issue or are running late, always let your host know. Most will respond quickly to any concerns. Always ask for local restaurant recommendations as well. Hosts are a great local resource.


Travel light

Always travel with your carry-on luggage, not some giant bag. Ditch that unnecessary weight and make traveling easier on yourself. It’s likely you’ll have to climb some stairs with your bag and you don’t want to lug around a heavy bag. Many Airbnb’s also have a washer and dryer so there’s no need to bring your whole wardrobe along. You’ll save on checked bag fees at the airport as well!


Gotta have WiFi

You probably won’t be spending much time at your Airbnb, but it’s important to have WiFi to pre-book certain attractions (skip the lines), and of course, show off those photos on social media. Make sure to download Google Maps for offline use and do the same for Google Trips.  This way you won’t need data once you leave the Airbnb.


Cook your own meals 

Mrs. TT is a much better cook than I, but I still love to check out the local grocery stores when traveling abroad. We typically eat breakfast back at the Airbnb and save some coin. Breakfast culture in some countries is a little different than back home, and it may be tough to find a filling morning meal on the cheap.


Hotel or Airbnb?

Depending on the city, it may make more sense to stay at a hotel. This rarely happens, but it’s worth crunching the numbers and comparing the costs.


Grab that Sign-up Bonus

If you’re new to Airbnb, you can easily earn $40 off your first stay. Mrs. TT and I each have accounts and we’ve earned the bonus on each one.


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13 Responses

  1. haroldsmaude says:

    Just returned from a trip in Spain and stayed at 5 AirBnBs along the way. Ditto our trip to Italy last year. I totally agree with all the tips suggested. On Internet, check too with the host on the strength of the signal/quality of the internet. We found a rather lax attitude about what qualified for ‘internet access’ in units. Some needed boosters so the signal in the unit was strong/consistent, some had it but only near a main building, some needed better routers. We found the hosts were aware of the problems yet attributed it to a culture of being low-tech. Our more urban and younger hosts were more attentive to signal strength and wireless reliability.

  2. Gail brandly says:

    Good tips. Ive also found that toilet paper is very minimal in Europe. Check out your supply because if you are staying more than a couple days you may run out. Hair shampoo , conditioner and soap are nearly always needed .

  3. David Rose says:

    Don’t forget about wash cloths. Most non American do not have them.

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