Whether you’re heading to Cape Town for a weekend getaway or exploring the streets of London, Airbnb is no doubt the easiest way to search for affordable and convenient accommodation when travelling. The app gives travellers the best of both worlds by allowing you to book an entire home and enjoy the perks of your very own space at an affordable price. But there are a few tricks to consider when booking your next Airbnb – these will ensure you get the most bang for your buck and leave you a happy camper.

Filter by what matters:

When searching for your dream holiday home it’s best to search for what matters most to you. Can’t survive without WiFi? Dreaming of a home with a jacuzzi? Filter and search by the amenities you’re looking for and you’ll save loads of time and effort finding the right place for you.

Look at star ratings:

It’s easy for a host to toot their own horn but Airbnb allows you to see how homes are rated based on different criteria, such as cleanliness and host communication, so why not use the feature to ensure you’re booking the best place for your wants and needs? The star rating system is a quick and easy way to scan available accommodation and narrow down your search,

Read guest reviews:

Sure, first impressions from photographs and descriptions matter, but word of mouth is the best way to get a good sense of a place before booking. Before you book ensure sure you also learn more about a home by reading reviews from past guests. These reviews will give you a good sense of what it’s like staying at the spot.

Contact the host before booking:

Even if the host allows for immediate booking it’s important to contact the host before booking to suss out the situation. This will allow you to ask questions and get to know your host before you take the plunge. Just a quick introduction and some information on what you’re looking for is enough. From there feel free to ask as many questions as you feel is necessary before you book.