Shampoo and Booze Episode 38: How We Learn To Be Good Airbnb Hosts By Being Guests

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We're going to Ireland next month where we will be staying for about three weeks. Our plan is to rent a car and stay with Airbnb hosts around the country. We've already rented our first stay in Dublin.

We rented places on Airbnb long before we were hosts. It's a great experience to go through the process of choosing a place, seeing the reality of the listing and the host's hospitality. Both good and bad experiences have taught us how to run our own rental.

If you are an Airbnb host in Ireland. Email us! We'd love to check out your place and learn about your area.

We have a almost full booked August with 27 of 31 nights booked. And our Fall is starting to get filled up too.  This is the link we mentioned about the study that shows that 30% of Airbnb listings in London are run by "professional landlords". This is the same argument in urban areas around the world. Hope you guys are having a good month!

Thinking of becoming an Airbnb host or guest? Use our referral code and get $20 off your next stay or $80 credit if you become a host!

P.S. Check out some of our driveway progress--


8 comments:

  1. Funny, we're going to England in September. And yes, we will be staying in airbnbs. Hope you have a great time!

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  2. Friends, I drove Ireland years ago in a week. I have to WARN you that although you think you will get from place to place in a few hours, you are wrong. We misjudged because of allllll the winding one-way roads. What we thought would take 4 hours, would be double. So fair warning... With that said, it was AMAZING! Kensale, Kenmare, Cliffs of Moher, Kiss the Blarney Stone, Galway. Try to stay in a castle while there, it's totally worth it. We stayed at the Ballynahinch Castle Hotel and paid like $150/night. But that was in 2000.... Hope you enjoy Ireland, I certainly did!!

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    1. Ah, you;re probably right. Even though the country is small, it could take longer to drive from end to end if you don't take the main highway.

      I like the idea of staying in a castle!

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  3. Ditto what Leslie said. I've driven all over the UK on 7 trips and if you get into the countryside it's not alwyas quick & easy to get from point A to point B. It's also easy to get lost. You might not have a good signal for your phone either. Parking spaces are tiny and driving on the other side of the road will blow your mind. After a couple days you THINK you've got it and then, in a moment of inattention, you end up in the wrong lane. Try not to drive in large towns or big cities. In the countryside you may find roads that are super narrow and hemmed in on both sides with tall hedgerows. It's an adventure for sure.

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  4. thanks for the advice y'all. i'm just going to drive like a slow granny. hoping that will solve my 'american on irish roads' problem.

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  5. For your cleaner, do you have photos of how you want the rooms to look (position of dishes, furniture, decorations, etc.). I'm just thinking out loud here, but I would think it would be helpful for her to have a binder with references on how you expect things to look.

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    1. That's a great idea. Seems kind of extreme, but tat would certainly solve our problem.

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