Top 4 Tips for Newbie AirBnB Hosts

AirBnB has been giving conventional hotels a serious run for their money for a while now. As the concept has proven itself, more and more people are considering putting up their place. Anyone who has a spare home or even a spare room, can earn a pretty good income by renting it out. However, without experience, you might be stumped about getting started. Here is a guide with just a few simple steps that will successfully lead you on your way to becoming an AirBnB host.

Before you list your place

Before you list your place, you need to get it ready for renting. Peer-to-peer rental services cater to all kinds of guests and budgets, so, of course, every home has its place in the system. However, the nicer it is, the more guests you can attract. The first step won’t cost you a cent: decluttering. Throw out stuff that doesn’t belong, or that’s old and damaged. Bear in mind that an AirBnB listing doesn’t need to be as empty and generic as a hotel room. Cleanliness, functionality and tidiness are a must, though. Getting your place renting-ready doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. If you have the skills and the hand tools, you can do some minor repairs, and even make unique, cheap and great looking DIY furniture yourself. Leaving a complimentary shampoo and soap will make your guests feel pampered. The same goes for useful amenities, for instance a kettle, coffee machine and a hair dryer.

Create your listing

The most essential part of your listing are the photos. It’s your primary tool for attracting potential guests. If AirBnB offers to send their own photographer, seize the opportunity. Not only will you end up with excellent pictures that will showcase your place in its full glory, your pics will come with a watermark that says “AirBnB verified photo”. The watermark adds authenticity and trustworthiness. Before listing, you should probably also check local laws and regulations. Better to be safe than sorry – nobody enjoys paying fines. Bear in mind, when writing your listing, that while some things can easily be changed afterwards, for other changes you will need to contact AirBnB.

Determine the price

Determining the price, at least at first, can be tricky. If you charge too little, you won’t be able to make a profit. If you charge a realistic price, you might not get any guests at first, because you will be competing with other listings that already have reviews, while you don’t have any. That is why the best strategy is to charge just below the price at first, and raise your price to its real worth after you’ve already had a few satisfied guests and positive reviews. If you don’t even know where to start – it’s simple: just check similar listings in your neighbourhood and compare prices.

Your first guests

Completing your profile in full and making your listing as detailed as possible will affect how you appear in searches. At leas in the beginning, you will probably earn more money and get your reviews quicker with short-term guests. Keep your calendar regularly updated, and make it a point to answer every single message from potential guests. You will be building your reputation both with the client base, and AirBnB. Once your guests leave, go ahead and write a review for them. That will very likely encourage them to promptly reciprocate, and write one for you too.

With a carefully crafted and accurate listing, a realistic price, a clean, pretty space, and good service, you will be well on your way to transforming your empty place into a veritable source of income.

Unique Swimwear for a Unique Summer

Girls, are you ready for the summer? It is slowly creeping up on us and you are probably starting to panic. Don’t worry because today we are going to show you our favorite one-piece swimsuits which we love. Spending time at the beach, lounging by the sea and sipping cocktails on the sand is just a dream not too far away. If you want to show off your body and look your best this summer then go for a sexy and stunning one piece swimsuit for your summer holiday. Combine it with a beautiful kimono for slipping over the top and some practical but pretty sandals and you are ready to hit that beach. Here are our top choices for this coming summer season.

Be The Venus Queen

When it comes to what color swimsuit to have the choices are endless. From pastel colors to bold colors you are probably wondering what to choose. If you want to go with a safe color then go for black. It is stunning and will still make you stand out. This one piece swimsuit is really sexy due to the cut outs above the hips and the support on the breast area. The back ties up with a bow and then is backless to the bottom area. This is a swimsuit which will last you not one summer but several. This style swimsuit is probably the most popular because it gives the effect of a bikini but the comfort of a one piece swimsuit.

Get The Sailor Look

Most men will probably say there is nothing sexier than the sailor look. We are talking red, blue and white colors. To make the look feminine this swimsuit looks like a mini dress. The red and white striped halterneck top is stunning and will show off your cleavage, and the blue skirt will have heads turning. This is a bold choice and one you need to be daring to wear at the beach. If you have a small bust, then you can take advantage of the padded bra. This style is all in this summer and is elegant, classy, sexy and girly all at the same time.

Go Floral

If you don’t feel like a bland black swimsuit or looking like a female sailor, then go for the classic floral patterns. The key to choosing the right swimsuit is to go for a bold background like this version in deep royal blue with contrasting floral patterns on top. We love this style swimsuit because the bottom is like wearing a pair of shorts so you can feel comfy while running and swimming. The ruched front on this one will add for extra emphasis on your bust area but takes away any noticeable bumps you have on your stomach. This type of swimsuit goes back over fifty years when only this style was available but in wool. Today you can enjoy being modern, sexy and have a flexible fit. This is a must try if you want something different this season.

5 Classic Sailing Adventures You Need to Visit

This year try something different for your vacation. Don’t get tied down by just one destination, and instead set your course for unexpected waters and tropical destinations. Great for experienced seamen and novice sailors alike, these sun-drenched waters are the classic sailing adventures you need to travel to by boat to truly appreciate their stunning beauty.

1. Greek Islands

For centuries, the Greek Islands have attracted sailors from across the world. With more than 300 days of sunshine annually, the summers in the Aegean and Ionian can easily accommodate an Odyssey that incorporates almost all of the 1400-plus islands. At the top of your island-hopping adventure, you should visit Cyclades, the home of the picture-perfect islands of Mykonos and Santorini, or visit Crete and explore the dawn of western civilization. Still, sailors can attest to the changing winds, especially the north-eastern meltemi wind, so make sure to prep your boat for offshore cruising. As long as you do, it will be smooth sailing from Corfu via Lefkada to Lezbos.

2. British Virgin Islands

The wide-open waters of the Atlantic and clear blue skies over Her Royal Majesty’s British Virgin Islands are an ideal Caribbean tropical destination for any sea-fearing adventurer. Despite sitting in open waters, the steady winds and mild currents make it a sailing paradise. The archipelago contains over 40 islands, of different size, each one worth exploring, be it just for the white sandy beach experience, at places like Josiah’s Bay or Cane Garden Bay. Aside from the name and the odd fish and chips shop here and there, the self-governing overseas territory bears little resemblance to its former master. So much so, that the US dollar has even replaced the Pound as the most widely-used currency.

3. Zanzibar

Far away in the Indian Ocean lies the multi-cultural island of Zanzibar. With its turquoise waters and pure white beaches, it is easy to imagine why this heavenly island was fought over throughout history. The island was a major stop on the Spice Route from Indochina, and has merged the influence of Persia, India and the West, to create an awesome spectacle of art, architecture, cuisine, and overall way of life. This can also be seen in Zanzibar’s sailing tradition, as most common vessel remains the dhow, a remnant from the One Thousand and One Night’s. However, Zanzibar’s most famous export is a more recent one – Freddie Mercury, whose songs seem to echo wherever you may go on the island.

4. Whitsunday Islands

Located just a few miles away from Queensland’s sunshine-drenched coast, the Whitsundays are the ultimate cruise destination in the Land Down Under. Comprised of no less than 74 immaculate islands, this small archipelago sits on top of the world’s largest coral garden – the Great Barrier Reef. It is no wonder then that there are adventures lying beneath the waves, as the delicate maze of coral harbors a stunning array of Technicolor tropical fish. However, when dropping anchor at the gateway town of Airlie Beach, be sure to check out the restricted zones and get to know the latest bird control technology in Australia, to protect yourself against fines, and preserve this glorious eco-system for future generations.

5. Croatian Coast

In recent years, Croatia is attracting tourists from all over the world. This amazing country has the best coastline in the entire Adriatic. From small islands, like Hvar or Pag, to scenic coastal towns, like Opatija, or ancient cities like Dubrovnik and Split, Croatia has it all. A single summer doesn’t cut it for this country, as there are 1185 islands in all to explore, as well as hidden beaches, secret coves and caves, which are easily accessible by boat. Croatia is also beginning to churn out some of the best Mediterranean cuisine. After a hearty meal, any sailor will enjoy a sensational night by visiting Pula, and enjoying the Film Festival or concert, or rave on at Croatia’s top party spots.

These five destinations may encompass the entire world, but, after all you are on a ship bound for adventure. All that’s left to do is set your course and sail into these amazing lands to explore and indulge in what the high seas of the world have to offer.

5 Most Common Types of Traveler

Traveling is a huge part of our life. It is in our nature to want to explore different places, meet new people and experience foreign cultures. Even though we go on our travels to learn something new about other countries more often than not we learn a lot about our traveling partner. It is no secret that people have different traveling styles, some like luxury and comfort and other like freedom and uncertainty.

If you want to enjoy your travels, then you should pair with like-minded people, just so you don’t end up arguing about everything. Here are, in our opinion, the most common types of travelers and what their style is all about.

High-end traveler

First of all, we have a so-called high-end traveler. These people love the luxury and extravagance when traveling. High rollers are not afraid to spend a lot more money on their travels, just so they don’t have to worry about a thing. Five stars hotels, private beaches, and top restaurants are just some of the many features these people love to enjoy.

When a high roller goes on a vacation they don’t want to be bothered with planning, they just pick the location, book the best hotel and pack their bags. You won’t see them cruising the countryside, high-flyers will stay at the swimming pool, sipping on their cocktail and enjoying the view.

Best deals traveler

The complete opposite of the high-end traveler is a best deals traveler. These people don’t have the budget of a rich person, but that isn’t stopping them from traveling around the world. Even with the smallest budget, they can plan out a whole trip. Cheap plane tickets, inexpensive rooms and finding discounts is their biggest power.

When traveling with budgeter you won’t probably enjoy the luxury of private beaches and cocktails, but there is something alluring when traveling on a strict budget. Carefully planning where to spend every dollar, mapping your own tours and haggling with local merchants is as exciting to some people as taking a helicopter tour of the island.

Leave-nothing-to-chance traveler

Every traveling group should have one organizer to plan out the whole trip. Some people love to do it and on top of that, they are good at it. Sometimes these people are hard to be with, they want to have everything under control and leave nothing to chance. There is no wild factor with them because they buy tickets, book hotels and plan tours months in advance.

If you don’t like strict schedules and completely planned out vacations, then you should avoid traveling with organizers. If you don’t know what is it like to travel with this type of people, imagine being on a guided tour every hour of your vacation with no time for yourself.

Adventure seeker

Adventurers are a special sort. They love the freedom when traveling, but they also want to have comfort and safety during the trip. They are not huge risk takers like some other travelers, but they also don’t want to stay in a hotel and sunbathe the whole day. When adventurers go on their trip they usually rent a van or RV, so they can roam the roads as much as they want. Camping, swimming on secluded beaches and going into the wilderness is what defines them.

If this is something that you might like, then you should gather a group of like-minded people and plan the vacation. Just don’t forget to rent a van or a caravan, companies like Watson’s Jayco offer some great deals for such services. Trust us, there is no adventure if you just fly to the location.

Nomad traveler

Lastly, we have a nomad traveler. These people are complete free birds. They don’t want to be bound to one place or plan anything for their trip. When nomad goes on vacation, they just pack their essentials and hit the road. They travel usually by hitchhiking and they sleep where ever, even under a starry sky. For a nomad, staying in a hotel is not an option, if they’re going to sleep under a roof, then that is a friend’s couch.

Traveling like this opens you up to some amazing experiences and adventures. You may meet interesting people and get to know the places the way no one can, but being a nomad traveler is not for everyone. Only the truly brave can travel in this style.

And that brings us to an end. As you can see people are really different when it comes to travel. Regardless of what type you are, there is no wrong way to enjoy your travels, you just need to pair up with people that have similar tastes so there is no tension during the trip. Additionally, don’t listen to other people who want to force their way on you, traveling should be about your own experience.