A new survey from Clever Real Estate attempts to understand Airbnb’s impact on the hotel industry. The brand surveyed 1,000 Americans who used both Airbnb and hotels in the past 12 months to learn their preferences.
Currently, more than 2 million people stay in an Airbnb every night, and Airbnb is quickly becoming a preferred method of accommodations among travelers — particularly for those who try it once. A Goldman Sachs study said, “If people have stayed in peer-to-peer lodging in the last five years, the likelihood that they prefer traditional hotels is halved (79 percent vs. 40 percent).”
Why is this? Clever Real Estate points toward a Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Managements study that notes that many of these individuals like Airbnb’s affordability, household amenities and local feel.
Clever Real Estate found Airbnb is particularly popular with leisure travelers, as 60 percent of leisure travelers who used both Airbnb and hotels in the past year prefer Airbnb. On the other hand, business travelers prefer hotels (nearly 70 percent) and are more likely to have a negative experience with Airbnb. One of guests’ chief concerns while staying at an Airbnb? Nearly 60 percent are worried about a hidden camera in their Airbnb, while 7 percent say they’ve actually found a hidden camera.
The study also learned 54 percent of homeowners said they’d consider renting out their homes with Airbnb or a similar vacation rental app, and 82 percent believe Airbnb is a good way to make money from their property.
Meanwhile, Marriott just launched its own version of home sharing earlier in the year. Marriott’s Homes & Villas is a luxury rental service that provides the uniqueness and perks of staying in a private home with the convenience and amenities of an international brand (including the ability to earn rewards points).
Deciding where to travel often requires an in-depth search into the safest countries, whether you’re a solo traveler, a group of females or just want to limit the potential of danger as much as possible. According to travel insurance provider Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection, the countries below have been identified as the world’s safest for Americans to visit. The study collected survey results from 2,000 travelers and combined them with local crime rates, terror threats, social welfare and the U.S. State Department’s safety ruling.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
In the modern age of air travel, checked baggage fees are as ubiquitous as duty-free shopping catalogs in the back pocket of the seat in front of you. Some airlines have even begun to charge for carry-on luggage, particularly for short-haul flights where most passengers end up bringing fewer bags for shorter trips. To avoid such fees, here are a few tips to keep in mind when booking and prepping for your next flight.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.