My recent Airbnb experience has lead me to write this article in hopes that if you find yourself staying in a shared space that you do your best to be considerate of those around you. A little Airbnb etiquette if you will. Read with consideration.
My trip started off great. Actually, it ended great too. There was just one little incident in the middle that really got me thinking. So here I was staying at a house along with 10 other guests. There were three of us in a living room on separate couches. For most of the time that I was there I was surrounded by the same people, we actually all ended up becoming really good friends.
One night we had a new guest arrive and stay on one of the couches next to me and my new friend Shadi. "Ok cool," I thought, "No big deal. We’re all very friendly. This should be good." That was until it was 2 A.M. and this person came in and caused a ruckus. We’ll call him Joe.
Joe decided that he didn’t want to sleep on the couch bed (that was open and made for him by the way), so what does Joe do? Joe turns on all the lights, closes the couch bed, and turns on the pump to his air mattress at two in the morning. He woke everyone in the entire house up.
After about three minutes or so of his air pump running, I asked him if he was done yet. He just continued on with what he was doing like I didn’t even say anything to him at all. I mean, how rude is that? That’s not the way I was raised; it was completely unacceptable. I would never deliberately be that inconsiderate to the people around me. And I think the worst part of it all was that the guy checked in hours beforehand. So if he didn’t want to sleep on the couch he could have set up his air mattress when he arrived.
If you find yourself staying in an Airbnb rental here are a few rules to follow:
Read the listing thoroughly.
Be sure to read the entire listing before arriving at your Airbnb. This will help you understand the rules of the house and also let you know if you will be sharing a space with any other guests. If you need clarification about anything, message your host before you arrive.
Let your host know if you are running late.
If you plan to be out late or you’re running behind, be sure to inform your host. This way they can let any other guests know ahead of time if you will be coming into the house during quiet hours. As a general rule of thumb, if the street lights are on, it's time to be quiet.
Respect the people around you.
Remember that Airbnb is not a hotel. Even if you are staying in a private room, there may be other guests in the house. That’s why it’s important to be considerate of those around you. You shouldn’t be turning on your air mattress at 2 A.M. or blasting your music. It's common sense.
Don’t bring guests over.
Unless you're staying in a private cottage and you have the place to yourself, you shouldn't be bringing people back to your Airbnb. This is rude to your host and the other people who are staying there.
Clean up after yourself.
Cleaning up after yourself while staying in a shared Airbnb is huge. You need to remember there are other guests in the home as well. Do your dishes, clean up after yourself, and don’t pee on the toilet seat.
Moral of the story here is that you shouldn't be a Joe. You should always be considerate of those around you. Especially when you're staying in a shared space.
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