You’ve read the articles…Top tips to be the best Airbnb host, 25 insanely great ways to improve your Airbnb listing and you’re moving through that checklist like a hot knife cutting through butter:
Extra toilet paper…CHECK
Fresh flowers…CHECK (?)
Provide your guests with plenty of information about your local area…CHECK!
But let’s dive into this one just a bit more….
How you currently share tips:
1. The 3 ring binder
It’s got the instructions for the dishwasher, a page with the WIFI password and a page for house rules. Then there’s the page with the list of the restaurants and cafes etc to share with your Airbnb guests.
2. The ol’ tourist map
You’ve managed to get your hands on a stack of tourist maps. When your guest arrives you put on your concierge hat and start to circle and point your way around the map.
3. Direct Messaging
Eager guests might have started to reach out to you prior to your arrival with questions concerning your area. And being the superhost that you are, you take the time to attend to their questions.
4. Airbnb guidebooks
This is a new feature from Airbnb where recommendations from all hosts in the area are aggregated into a guidebook of your location. Your guests can see a crowd sourced list of places and restaurants in your area.
The best way to share your recommendations:
While all of the methods above work to a certain extent, why use nail clippers to cut your grass when you could use a lawn mower?…Especially if it’s a free lawn mower!
The Wanderguide is essentially a digital travel guide and here’s why it mows over all other methods.
1. It’s fast and easy to set up
Once you’ve signed up you name your guide and you pick your URL, you type in your city et voila…you’ve got a guide.
2. Customize your guide your way
The guide is comprised of categories and items. Create as many categories as you wish – i.e. ‘Best places for a cuppa’ or ‘Favorite vinyl record stores’, ‘Soho musts’…you get the point.
Then fill each category with items. Basically, if Google considers this a place, you can add it to the category i.e. restaurants, parks, shops, waterfalls etc.
Wait there’s more! Other items you can add into your categories are travel blogs or articles, and tours and experiences (but more on this later).
3. The personal note
IMHO this is the coolest feature. While it’s great to know the name of the restaurant you’re recommending, if you write a note telling me to get my name on the list before 5pm, you’ve truly shared with me your local expertise.
4. Amazing guest experience
First of all, it’s not an app, it’s a mobile optimized website. As in, your guests don’t have to download an app. They just put pop your URL in their web browser and your digital travel guide works like a dream on both computer and phone screens (or tablet if that’s how they roll).
See also: How to Make your Airbnb Guests Feel Welcome without Greeting them in Person
They can jump from category to category, scroll through your recommendations, see your notes. When they tap an item then they’ll see the google reviews, location map, opening hours (if it’s a place of business), and contact info.
5. Personalize the s*** out of it
From cover photo, to background color and design make it as fabulous (or unfabulous) as you like!
6. Earn passive income
Yup…you heard right. Make money off of your Wanderguides.
Travelade is open in 39 countries and growing. We offer a plethora of experiences in each of these countries.
If you add Experience items to your Wanderguide and one of your guests books that experience, you earn commission on that sale. Actually, if your guest clicked the link to your guide but ended up navigating to http://www.travelade.com purchasing a tour that wasn’t on your guide, you will still get that commission as you brought that customer in.
7. It’s freakin FREE
No fees, no hidden charges, not free for the first week. Just free.
We’re giving you the lawn mower. We hope you love it, we hope it saves you time, we hope it makes your life easier, we hope it improves your guests’ experiences and we hope you can use it to make a bit more money!