{Today's Letters}

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Dear Timothy James, your playfulness continues to be the secret sauce to our marriage burger. Thanks for reminding me to toss dirty diapers into our trashcan like a basketball hoop and to wrestle with River before tucking her into bed. Dear Gifted Spoon, sometimes thoughtfulness can make even breakfast taste better in the mornings. Here's to wombmates and extra brown sugar to make the instant oatmeal go down. Dear Airbnb, we listed our 3rd floor loft two days ago online and we already have an artist from Chicago staying with us tonight. I love communal living. Dear Mr. Loerke, this morning you told me our babe is the size of a head of lettuce and weighs 3.5lbs. If it weren't for your 7 pregnancy apps on your iPhone I'd have no idea what vegetable was doing somersaults in my belly. Over and out.

Happy Wednesday, brave ones! Have you ever stayed at someone's house using Airbnb before? Any tips or advice for us newbies?


Crystal Ann said...

I moved to Denver in September and spent my first three weeks in the city at an airbnb rental. I had three roommates, but hardly saw them.

Here are a couple of recommendations:
-Leave a list of recommended eateries or places to explore (including the best way to get there)
-Even if you don't plan to be around much, at least be there when your guests arrive and when they leave
-Make sure they know any tips/tricks that you probably don't even think about anymore: Is your shower faucet fussy? Where should they park on the street?
-Take cues from your guests; chances are you'll be able to tell early on if they want more or less interaction with you!

Have fun!!! Airbnb is such an amazing way to travel, make new friends, and explore a city!

ABBY said...

oh, oh! marriage burger. love you, em.

Anonymous said...

Hide your personal belongings...just saying not everyone is as sweet and giving as you.

Also be prepared for all types of guests, i.e. heavy walkers, up all nighters, loud talkers messy guest, broken items, etc. Again remember this can be a stranger in your home and you have no idea how these folks live. Be prepared for the worst and hope for the best.

Annie Elie said...

Em + Tim--

I feel like you as loving people will attract the same kinds of folk. If you give out respect and kindness, you're more than likely to get it back.

My man & I took a roadtrip to Nashville in '12 to experience the music scene and inspiring town. We booked an Airbnb per my good friend's suggestion. It was a wonderful experience overall!

There were fellow housemates who were either
a.) more than willing to give us local info or
b.) kept to themselves We were fine with both!
The host was a busy social butterfly type so she wasn't there much but when we did see her she was very kind and left a welcome note for us in our bedroom upon arrival with directions to her house, friendly house rules, an envelope to leave optional tip $, access to kitchen/food and things like that.

Our host was a magical fan of native american culture (as am I) and I will say that on her Airbnb page she spoke about how there was a furnished teepee (yes, you saw correctly) in her backyard that guests could check out or even sleep in! Pictures, too! However, when we got there we saw no teepee. Imagine my dismay and disappointment. (it was being used for camping elsewhere) Also, on her page it said that downtown Nashville was anywhere between 10-15 minutes away... It was realistically 30+ minutes away which, for us, was a bit of a hassle. While we definitely enjoyed our stay and had a positive experience, had I known the reality of those two things listed above, I probably wouldn't have booked our stay there.

All I'm trying to say is-- be Open, Honest, Considerate and Communicative. It makes everything go so much more smoothly! I really don't think you guys will have much problem though. I've been following your blog for a good bit now and you seem smart, level-headed, (and freaking awesome!!) so I think you're going to rock this whole bnb thing.

I realize this comment was a tad bit long, but I hope my/our experienced gained you some insight into this and I hope to be visiting you guys very soon!! I think it's amazing and smart of you guys to utilize your space this way and it's a great way to meet new people from all walks of life!

Congrats on the soon-to-be little and so much love, appreciation, and gratitude to you both. <3 :]

Katie said...

I LOVE staying at places using AirBNB and my number one tip is just make clear your expectations! If there are places not to go , and things not to touch, or certain ways things should be used, clearly outline EVERYTHING.

Ask your guest if they need or want help finding things to do locally , or places to eat. I love that kind of insight from a local when I'm traveling.

Fresh flowers are also a nice touch :-)

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