Featured Host Stories – Sarah and Ed Cycle to Sicily

We’ve all dreamed of leaving behind the daily grind and setting off on a grand adventure.  At Airsorted we take pride in enabling those dreams.

Today we hear from Sarah, who chose Airsorted to manage her London Airbnb property while she and her husband cycled through Europe. With the income raised from her vacant property, Sarah and Ed were able to take a sabbatical and go on the adventure of a lifetime:


What’s your story?

“Home for us is in Suffolk, where we have lived for the last 10 years, but we need to be in London during the week – I’m a freelance marketing consultant and most of my work is in London, and my husband Ed is studying part time for a geology degree at Birkbeck.   

We’re lucky enough to have a small flat in London and a cottage in Suffolk, but don’t both work full time – so we had been looking for a flexible letting solution for our London flat that would allow us to be in London when we needed to be, either for work or college, and which would generate income for us when we weren’t there to help us pay the bills!”


What dream did you follow?

“For several years we had wanted to take a sabbatical, and from a career perspective this year felt like our last opportunity for a while.  We wanted to do something meaningful with our time and decided on a cycle tour – a good way to blow the cobwebs away, store up memories for years to come and get fit in the process!  I’m not sure how we came up with Gothenburg to Sicily (Mount Etna, more specifically), but somehow the idea was born and given Ed’s geology degree it felt fitting to have a volcano as our final destination!

The journey was amazing – now we are back it almost feels like we were living a parallel life for 3 months.  And cycling and camping our way through Europe feels very poignant in retrospect, at a time when the UK had voted to say goodbye to it… Some real highs and of course real lows – we approached each day with an ‘adventure is out there’ type attitude, and it certainly was – from being chased by wild dogs to foraged picnics of wild figs, almonds and cherries all gathered road-side.  Crossing the Dolomites was a definite highlight as the scenery was breathtaking and there were perfect cappuccinos waiting for us at every tiny coffee stop en route.


Why did you choose Airsorted?

“We hadn’t thought it possible to rent our own flat out though, as we couldn’t see our way through the logistical challenges – how would we hand keys over given we’re not always in London?  How would we manage the cleaning?  Would we need to stay up all night to answer guest
mails? But a friend recommended Airsorted as a way around these problems so we got in touch, and it has been a hugely positive experience.”

Did you enjoy the service?

“There are lots of things about the Airsorted service which are brilliant.  Having people on hand to ‘sort stuff’ when guests have problems; managing all the communication with guests, which we just wouldn’t have time to do – and it’s always a relief to be able to come back to a lovely clean flat. Having a dedicated account manager is also much appreciated – it feels very fitting as Airbnb is about the personal and individual too, but this kind of service is now quite rare in the service industry.”
Have you been dreaming of taking flight? Are you keen to make a passive income from your home while you’re gone? Find out what your property could be worth on Airbnb by visiting www.airsorted.uk

Airbnb Host Tip of the Week – Welcome Baskets

It’s true what they say: first impressions count, and the first night of a guest’s stay is arguably the most crucial. As a host, you have one opportunity to make a great first impression with each guest, and there are many simple ways to go above and beyond.

A welcome basket like the example below is the perfect way to delight any guest, and with the right items it can help your guest settle in more easily. Include savoury snacks for the weary traveller who is too tired to cook, a printed local guidebook to browse, and a short welcome note. Items can be arranged in a reusable wicker bag and placed at the end of the bed or near the entrance to the property.

Via: minted.com

Via: minted.com

The project is incredibly low-cost, easy to arrange and may be the difference between a happy guest and a delighted one!

‘Bizcations’ set to hit London this Autumn

London is one of Europe’s most visited cities.  With its history and popular tourist attractions, the city is commonly thought of as a classic ‘city break’ destination for holidaymakers. Now, there is a new type traveller – the ‘Bizcationer’.

A Bizcation occurs when a business traveller extends their trip over the weekend so that they can make the most of the destination they are in.

Because London has both a thriving tourist industry and a high volume of business traffic, it’s become one of the most popular Bizcation destinations in the world.

Business travellers that use Airbnb are found to stay twice as long as as business travellers that use more traditional accommodations.  Because we see a surge in business tourism during the Autumn months, it is set to be the biggest Bization season to date.

More and more business travellers are opting to use Airbnb.  With the Global Business Travel Association predicting business travel spend to advance 5.8 per cent over the next five years, London’s traffic from the growing Bizcation trend is set to increase.

Via: eventegg.com

Via: eventegg.com

Hosts can benefit hugely from this trend by ensuring that their Airbnb property is ‘Business Travel Ready’. To take the hassle out of creating the perfect business stay, hosts may consider an Airbnb management service – find out more here.

5 Reasons to Airbnb this Autumn


Christmas time, Spring and Summer are the high seasons for Airbnb, right?  Right, but other months are strong for different reasons.

We’ve put together 5 strong reasons to Airbnb in Autumn below:

  1. Rise of the ‘Bizcation’ – set to impact Airbnb this Autumn:
    Taking a ‘Bizcation’ is the practice of extending your business trip over the weekend so that you can make the most of the destination. London already receives high volumes of Airbnb business traffic, particularly in Autumn, so this new concept of extending the trips will certainly increase occupancy rates.
  2. Time to ‘warm up’ a new listing:
    Christmas time is considered high-season for Airbnb. In order for a listing to rise up the search rankings, it’s important that it already has comments and reviews. October and November are the perfect months to warm up your listing because you’re not wasting ‘high season’ nights.
  3. Less competition:
    Fewer people go away in Autumn than Summer – this means that there are fewer Airbnb properties available, so yours will appear in more searches.
  4. Sun is not a factor:
    Nobody visits the UK or Ireland for the sunshine, meaning that seasonality is less dramatic than in other parts of Europe. ‘City break’ locations have events year-round that attract visitors to the city. Edinburgh thrives in August, but it has a lively schedule of events that draw Airbnb traffic – even after Fringe.  Dublin also has a stacked calendar events for Airbnb visitors.
  5. Stale housing market:
    The market can be infamously stale at this time of year. It takes just one week to get set up with Airbnb and Airsorted, so why not use the service to make money from your vacant property?

If you’d like to discuss the other benefits of Airbnb and Airsorted, speak with one of our New Homes Advisors – we’d love to chat. Get started here.

Airbnb in Dublin – What’s on this Autumn?

With Tourism Ireland reporting its best ever January-August period and welcoming more than 6.55 million arrivals, there is no doubt that Dublin is the place to be – and the place to Airbnb. But what are visitors looking forward to in Dublin this Autumn?


Via: Barnados.ie

Tourism Ireland reports that its Autumn campaign is “in full swing”, with aims to boost late-season travel to Ireland. One key event, attracting more overseas attendees than ever, is the Dublin City Marathon. Having moved to a Sunday date from the typical Bank Holiday Monday, the Marathon attracted an unprecedented overseas demand, and registration has closed early due to reaching capacity.

The Dublin City Marathon is not the only sporting event that attracts tourists rain or shine. Ireland boasts one of the top rugby teams in the world and fans flock from near and far to watch their nations compete against the boys in green. The Guinness Series 2016 sees teams from across the world take on the Irish squad at the Aviva stadium throughout November, with international supporters arriving in their droves. And although the Six Nations Rugby doesn’t begin until 2017, Airbnb hosts can expect a boost in bookings around the sale of tickets in November. Match weekends are likely to fill up fast, with guests seeking convenient locations for small and large groups for match season in Spring 2017.

Via: Michael Grubb Studio

Via: Michael Grubb Studio

Dublin is a city whose beauty is not lost as the summer months end. In fact, the city develops a special charm as the weather becomes cooler and visitors flock to warm up around pub fireplaces with a pint of Guinness – or to visit the Guinness Storehouse itself, which is Europe’s leading tourist attraction with 1.5 million visitors each year. With so much to look forward to, hosts can expect a continued interest in their property, even as summer comes to a close.

Airbnb Host Tip of the Week – Beverage Station

A warm drink can solve a lot of problems, whether you’re a weary tourist arriving in an unfamiliar city, or a jetlagged business traveller trying to wake up for a conference. Coffee addicts, tea fiends or hot chocolate lovers can unite in the soul-soothing powers of their favourite drink, and a welcoming beverage station might be all you need to make your Airbnb house feel like home.

Source: Instagram (@athomewiththebarkers)

Source: Instagram (@athomewiththebarkers)

This example, from At Home with The Barkers, is a simple DIY job that transformed a closet into a beverage bar. A small touch, the beverage bar keeps the essentials at hand and helps your guests to feel at home more quickly.

No time for DIY? Why not get affordable, online interior design help from Homewings?

Do you have any top tips to perfect your guest’s experience? 

Airbnb Hosts: Boost your rental income with affordable, professional interior design help!

Sometimes, the difference between two Airbnb properties is little more than a touch of style. Refreshing a space, even on the smallest of budgets, can dramatically improve booking rates and prices.

Airbnb is highly visual, and the appearance of a room might be the difference between a guest choosing your property or someone else’s. Sometimes, a change as small as a bookshelf or table can transform your space in surprising ways, and help you attract more guests and maximise occupation rates.



Photo: Homewings

If you’re a remote host or simply busy, however, the thought of renovating a room or even meeting with a designer might seem overwhelming.

Together with Homewings’ talented team of designers, we’re making it easy and affordable to optimise your space for Airbnb. All online, and all within your style and budget. By taking a short style quiz, filling in a short online brief and uploading photos of your space, you’ll be connected to an experienced designer who understands your style and your particular needs. Through a collaborative online platform, your designer will provide you with your final design package, including concept, 2D room visualisation, shopping list, set-up tips and free purchasing service.

You have the final say in everything that happens, and you’ll receive a complete design package that you know your guests will love!

Homewings offers different design packages all optimised for making homes desirable for AirBnB stays, whether you’re accessorising or want to have your space designed from scratch – starting at £149.  

As a special introductory you’ll be able to get 20% off your first room design by applying this code at checkout: AIRSORTED
To get started, take the Homewings style quiz now.

Airbnb Host Tip of the Week – Welcome Booklets

One common motivation for a guest to rent an Airbnb is the desire to live like a local. As travellers become savvier and the desire for authentic experience grows, mass tourism loses its desire.

Living like a local goes beyond accommodation, and you can complement the local experience with something as simple as a guidebook.

Source: Etsy (click image for more info)

                                 Source: Etsy (click image for more info)

Whether you choose to make your own, or use a printing service like this one on Etsy (see featured photo), a simple guidebook could add huge value to your guest’s stay.

Want to solve two problems in one? Reserve a section in the guidebook for simple house instructions, such as how to control the heating or run the shower. Pair those with some local hints and tips, and your guest will be delighted to have received some insider info!

Airbnb in Edinburgh: How to make money (even when Fringe has finished!)

Working as the official Accommodation Partner for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2015, Airbnb opened up a hosting goldmine that has continued to boost demand into 2016. Hosts can reap the benefits of thousands of tourists and performers descending on the city, while also helping to support local business in the area.

What happens, though, when the dust settles and the city returns to normal? It is a common misconception that the Festival is Edinburgh’s only opportunity for hosts to make the most from their vacant home, but the returns are actually strong at multiple points across the year.

Source: Airbnb

Source: Airbnb

According to recent data, although August is clearly prime time with hosts generating an average income over £2,200, other months can generate significant income too.

Edinburgh is host to activities and events in every season. During Winter, Hogmanay takes over the city with some of the world’s largest and most vibrant New Year celebrations, offering an opportunity for the savvy host to take in guests from around the world. The down season begins to pick up with the Six Nations Rugby between February and March, and in June film fanatics descend on Edinburgh for the International Film Festival. Many other cultural and sporting events take place throughout the year, and ‘business ready’ hosts will benefit from a consistent influx of corporate travellers.

With such a buzz of activity throughout the year, it is no surprise that Edinburgh is Airbnb’s 9th most expensive city, proving that hosting opportunities extend far beyond the Fringe.

Are you an Edinburgh-based host already, or are you new to Airbnb and interested in hosting in Edinburgh? We’d love to hear from you – start hosting on Airbnb with Airsorted here.

Airbnb Hosting Tip of the Week – Wifi Signage

If there is one thing all modern weary travellers have in common, it is this: they need wifi. Having potentially spent hours on a plane, and landed in a country where a data package may or may not be available, your guest may feel twitchy until they can sit down and reconnect with their friends, family, colleagues or favourite social media stars.

Asking for wifi access can be an uncomfortable experience for the guest, and crawling around under a desk to locate the tiny password sticker on the router won’t improve matters. You can make this exchange simple by providing the password in an open space – and you can make it pleasant too!

Simply print the username and password onto paper or card, place it in a frame, and leave it in a relevant place (the living room or guest bedroom, perhaps). Your guest will settle in more easily, and crawling around to find the router will no longer be a regular feature of the check-in process!

Source: Today's Creative Life (http://todayscreativelife.com/10-guest-room-essentials-and-tips/)

Source: Today’s Creative Life (http://todayscreativelife.com)