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How to travel on Airbnb with kids

If you follow my family adventures you know I am a HUGE supporter of Airbnb. I do work for them but even if I didn’t it would still be my go to travel site. To date my almost three year old has stayed in over 25 listings. I have found staying at an Airbnb listing to make traveling with a baby, who is now a toddler, so much easier. I love being able to cook dinner while we are traveling, have room for her to play in and enjoy more of the comforts of home. Staying in an Airbnb helps us all to feel more settled when we are out of our normal routine.

If you haven’t tried Airbnb with your family yet here are some helpful tips that I have gathered to make searching for the perfect spot easier.

Tip One: Are kids free on Airbnb?

Some listings do have an extra guest fee for two or more travelers (sometimes more). While most hosts do not charge for children some do.
* Look for the extra guest fee under the listing description in the price section.

There is an option to select the number of adults, children and infants that are staying. If an extra guest fee is on the listing, say for two or more guests, and you add one child as the third guest it will increase the price. However, if you add additional infants it will not increase the price. In this case I will ask the host if they charge for children and if they do not I will just add the adults when sending a reservation request. Often times they do not charge for a child.

Tip Two: Search with & without the kid friendly amenity.

I have stayed at plenty of listings that do not say kid friendly with my daughter. If you do not see enough listing options when searching with the kid friendly amenity do not be afraid to reach out to a host who does not have this amenity listed.
* To find this option click search > select More filters > and  then See all amenities

 Tip Three: Look out for the ‘May not be suitable for children’ note.

Some listings are just not kid-friendly due to a number of reasons. There is a flag hosts can add to their listing that state if the space is suitable for children. Look out for  this note when searching for listing. I have stayed in one listing that had this note and everything went well but I would discuss it with the host first.

 Tip Four: Don’t be afraid to ask for a special offer.

A special offer is a discounted rate some hosts will offer, especially during low season. Just because you are traveling with kids does not mean you can not still get a discount. I have had plenty of hosts give me a great rate. Just ask the worst they can say is no.
* See the FAQ for more information on how Special offers work.

Tip Five: If in need ask your host.

If there is something you need during your trip reach out to your host and ask if they can accommodate or offer a suggestion. Especially if the host has the family amenity selected they are use to having kids stay at their listing. I have had hosts offer strollers, pack ‘n plays, cots, toys, snacks, etc…

Tip Six: Don’t forget parents are hosts too.

There are lots of hosts with families on Airbnb. If you are new to Airbnb look out for hosts who also have kids. They will have great tips on things to do in the area with kids and maybe even a babysitting option.

* Something to note is not all hosts allow guests who are not on the reservation to visit the listing. If you plan on having a date night or going out with friends make sure the host is ok with having a babysitter or friend/ family come to the listing.

*Bonus tip: check out the Guidebooks created by hosts for tips about the area where you are staying or ask your host if they have one to share.

I hope these tips are helpful and you give Airbnb a try if you haven’t already. Here is a link to sign up with $40 towards your first trip. I also have a new video up of the Airbnb listing we stayed at in New Zealand.

If you have any questions please let me know in the comments below and follow along to get more great family travel tips.

Lots of Aloha,

Nadia xo Mermaid Mama

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