Feel At Home When You’re Away
Travelling can now be relatively cheap and it doesn’t require as much preparation, as it used to. With credit cards at hand, you can withdraw money anywhere, buy missing holiday items and simply enjoy your time away. Some people prefer beach holidays with all-inclusive deals at fancy hotels while others like to camp with backpacks full of absolute essentials and heads filled with adventure. If you’re somewhere between the two and love to have a solid roof above your head but still don’t like to live according to the hotel’s schedule, use HomeAway to find your perfect holiday destination. Meet local hosts, who offer travellers their couches, rooms, and even entire apartments for prices much lower than five star hotels.
The idea of HomeAway
The website, which serves as a sort of accommodation marketplace, was created for people who wanted a true travelling experience. Those, for whom sight-seeing and eating hotel-restaurant meals just isn’t enough. By renting a space at a local person’s place, you can get the feel of how people live, what they eat, what they talk about and the general gist of their culture. More importantly, you can make friends for life.
With HomeAway, you become richer financially (think of all the savings you’re going to accrue) and spiritually. The range of accommodations is vast, from a room any student could afford, to a villa with all luxurious amenities. If you find your perfect spot, you can book it through the website. No need to look for contact details of the host and you can make the payment straight away. You know exactly how much going to pay for your place to sleep because there are no hidden costs.
If you’re wondering whether it’s a safe option for you and people you’re travelling with, there are some steps you can take in order to protect yourself. Guests can leave reviews related to their hosts so this should give you a general gist of who this person is. Secondly, if your host isn’t hiding any contact details or any information you would find helpful in getting to know him, this should also give you a sense of trustworthiness. Finally, many of the hosts link their HomeAway accounts with their social media, which is now widely used to identify people across the world. Your family and friends will know exactly whom you’re staying with and where.
If you have a vacant place to stay and would like to earn some money along the way, you can advertise with the website. It’s free and you don’t need to pay any monthly fee just because your accommodation is listed. All you need to pay is 3% of a successful booking and the website takes care of it anyway. You can also attract more guests by using various tools, like discounts and last minute offers. Guests look at these in the first instance so make sure you use them from time to time.
HomeAway is a marketing tool in itself but if you become a host, you can take advantage of some more exposure via Google and Facebook. Upon registering, you’ll get access to your online calendar which you can manage yourself. If, for example, you have a guest from outside of the website, simply mark this space as not available and that’s it! There’s no non-competition clause so you’re free to advertise wherever to get your results.
If you like to travel and not just accommodate others, you can make friends from all over the world, who will be happy to host you as well. This is the most effective, the cheapest and the safest way to find a place to stay across the globe. It would have been a shame not to take full advantage of it.