Airbnb can be a great way to save money when you’re on vacation, but is Airbnb family friendly?
How to plan a frugal vacation with Airbnb
The entire reason an Airbnb would be something a family would look into is due to family size. A large family (like ours) can be costly when renting a hotel. Not to mention the size and comfort of all of us in one small room.
If you have a small under 2 kid family, you more than likely won’t have a problem with just renting a room. It’s when you get to the point of 5 plus people in one room it becomes a problem, and if you’re like us, our kids are younger and close in age. Them getting their own room is out of the question.
Through Airbnb, you can rent a couch, a room, or even an entire house or apartment. When most people think Airbnb though they think of younger people backpacking across the country going from one couch to another. Obviously, that isn’t our family, but Airbnb is more than just a couch for someone to sleep on for the night.
Obviously, our family wouldn’t be interested in renting a couch or even a room in someone’s house for the night, but an apartment or house is a different story.
Benefits of Airbnb for Families
- the comforts of home and your own room or bed.
- Sometimes you get a kids room.
- usually, a place to have a family meal and relax
- A kitchen, you can store the snacks and drinks that your family likes and even prepare your own meals.Can save you a lot of money!
- Sometimes you get extra private amenities like a pool or game room.
- Hosts can often provide local advice on where to eat, shop, and enjoy attractions
Make sure you read the listing and even contact the owner because each host can choose to allow babies or kids in the homes. Take your child’s age into consideration though when you are looking for a place to rent.
If you have a child with special needs, like a wheel chair maybe a place with 2 flights of stairs isn’t a good idea. Same Goes with a stroller. You might not want to lug it up and down stairs. If your child is allergic to pets, obviously you’d want to ask the owner about pets in the home.
- Select a destination, travel dates, and the number of people in your family including infants and children.
- Sign in with email, Facebook or Google to create an account.
- Choose entire apartment/home
- Use the sliding scale to select your price range.
- Use the map to find listings in your desired neighborhood or location.
- Click “More Filters” to narrow by the number of guests, number of bedrooms, and which amenities you need.
- In “More Filters,” be sure to select the Family/Kid Friendly option.
- Look at the listings to see photos, amenities, and the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, and so on.When booking, be sure to mention to your host that you will be traveling with kids.
- If traveling with a toddler or preschooler make sure the place is at least semi kid proof.
- Ask your host to remove fragile items that your toddler or kids could break.
Remember comments can give additional information about the host or property.
- Make sure you look at additional charges, like one-time cleaning and service fees.
Tips for Using Airbnb for Family Travel:
- Use the “Kid/Family Friendly” search tool under “amenities” to help narrow down properties. You will still want to do your own assessment on if the accommodations look like they will meet the needs of your family.
- Airbnb Concierge service is complimentary with every booking and available 24 hours per day.
- Talk to your host and look at photos of the listings carefully for items that will help or hinder your family’s stay.
- If there are rooms or areas missing from the photos, ask the host to send you pictures of those areas or provide additional details.
- Do your research on the neighborhood. Find out where the closest parks and family friendly spaces are.
- Check for grocery stores and family dinner options nearby. If the listing has a kitchen use it! It will save you money.
While Airbnb might not be the first thing you think of when planning a frugal family vacation, it can be a good alternative. You just have to do your homework. Using Airbnb for family travel could mean getting more bang for your buck.