Let’s get away…the weather is atrocious, start planning your dream escape immediately

We’re looking out of the window at this abominable spring (spring?!) weather, hankering for an escape.

Our insta-feeds are brimming so-and-so’s picture-perfect holiday – tanned washboard stomachs, platters of tropical fruits…


Our top tip for a trip of a lifetime? AirBnB. If you haven’t made the switch from a traditional hotel suite already, it’s time to get on board for a truly unique experience.

AirBnB’s 2018 travel trend forecast reveals that we’re all in the market for new and exciting destinations, unusual properties and life-affirming/changing/making experiences – here, here.

Dream destinations

‘Exotic’ properties like yurts, nature lodges and ryokans are more popular than ever.…or how about a secluded treehouse in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia surrounded by woodland and a fresh water stream? Can you imagine that insta-story.

This treehouse was the most popularAirBnB property of 2017, at £280 per night, there’s a year-long waiting list, but don’t be disgruntled because there’s another 800,000 (AirBnB properties, not just treehouses), in over 191 countries across the globe to choose from. 

Once upon a time we wouldn’t have dreamt of letting our precious homes out to complete strangers but since AirBnB launched in 2009 it’s become the norm with six million of us using the site to find unusual or ‘more affordable’ stays every year.

The Four Season Hotel George V will set you back a whopping £800 p/night. Or you can rent your very own 2-bed Luxury period apartment with flowered balcony, at £236 p/night. It is no wonder that Airbnb predicts 2018 is going to be their best year yet.

Whether you’re after a tropical adventure or a city-break (Tokyo, London and Paris are tipped as the top cities for 2018), AirBnB has got it covered.

Money Maker

As well as making the world more accessible, AirBnB is helping us all make a quick buck too. There are 168,000 UK listings, with the average property earning £3000 a year (hosting an average of 36-nights a year, where the length of stay is 3.3 nights). Many homeowners feel there’s really no better time to share their own homes and make a tidy profit – that’s the holiday fund sorted.

‘Hosts and guests on Airbnb have contributed £3.46 billion to the UK economy, generating extra income for host households, and increasing visitor spending in bars, restaurants and shops and other local businesses close to the guest’s Airbnb rental. Travelling on Airbnb may allow easier travel around the world, but it encourages us to recognise the beauty on our doorstep, too’
James McClure, AirBnB GM, Northern Europe

Hosts onAirBnB range from students to retirees, with the average age of a UK host being 43; with women hosting more than men (62% to 38%).

Tammy Kerr, 41, bought a two-storey period conversion in hipster Margate in 2016, and has rented separate rooms or her entire property out 12 times since she finished decorating it in 2017.  

‘The extra money pays for my own weekend getaways and I always look at AirBnB in other cities when I’m travelling. It’s convenient, you get all the comforts of home somewhere else and it’s ideal if you have children, which I do. Or if you’re a larger group of friends – you’re not restricted to a hotel room.’

The number of UK residents travelling on AirBnB is on the up: 64% more people are using the platform compared to a year ago. Residents are able to travel within the UK and explore new and lesser-known destinations, thanks to the variety of unique and flexible accommodation.

AirBnB takes 3% commission of every booking from hosts, and between 6% and 12% from guests; some hosts have turned their AirBnB rentals into a full-time business. 

Tay Yirtici, 27, from East London, rents out four of his families Bethnal Green properties through Airbnb.

Four years ago I didn’t know what AirBnB was, I was in Lake Como and we couldn’t find anywhere to stay. I found a lovely little house just off of the lake through AirBnB and the experience was so great I decided to try it with one of our properties as soon as we got back. Now we rent four of our properties on AirBnB.

All four properties are always full, with the average stay being 3-nights. Our base price is £35 per person, per night with an extra £20 charged for an extra guest in the same room – and then, of course, AirBnB add their percentage.

When I go away I always check AirBnB first now. I stayed in an Airbnb in Rio, Brazil last year. It’s great because you get to stay where the locals are, which is priceless. You open yourself up to cooler, more diverse experiences, plus it’s much cheaper than a hotel.’

So what are we all waiting for? Let’s rent out our room/home/treehouse and start exploring. Washboard stomach not included.

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