Why Airbnb can be risky for business travelers

The sharing economy has brought great choice for consumers. It is satisfying more demand every day. Taxis, bicycles, fashion and even private lending are all active verticals successfully operating in their respective industries. None, however, has achieved the same market penetration and disruptive ability quite like Airbnb. In 2018, they opened their 21 office around the world, achieved $1B in revenue, and is valued at over $30B.

When dealing with the public, especially on both sides of the fence, there is risk. Standards are incredibly difficult to streamline and trust is necessary to build inventory quickly. Issues become inevitable as people and business try to game the system. This adds unknowns to the purchase, and makes for important consideration in identifying what type of consumer one is.

In 2017, Travel blogger Asher Ferguson accused Airbnb of failing to close dangerous loopholes allowing for scams by hosts and putting greater risk on travelers. In countries like Canada, USA, and the UK, Airbnb does not require hosts to provide any form of identification. In fact, it is very easy for previously banned ‘accounts’ to recreate their listings in a new name, with a new email account, and new PayPal details. People could theoretically list a property they don’t even control. Undoubtedly, Airbnb has, and will, compensate against this risk, but if you are on business travel for 3 days of intense meetings, can you afford the inconvenience?

There are also legitimate unforeseen risks when you’re renting a space within a home. Homes and apartments can be subject to less stringent health and safety requirements. They are, after all, non-commercial properties. Cancellations due to issues like plumbing, heating, or electrical services will be far more common. Even basic items like a fully-functioning iron or a lock-box, may leave one disappointed or frustrated. What if you wanted to turn the heat up, does your room allow for you to control the temperature?

When one is travelling for business choosing cost and comfort is always key, but peace of mind may be of equal or greater importance. Airbnb can be a wonderful option if your travel experience comes with less in-destination pressure, meaning less demands on you, the traveller. Traditional lodging and hotel providers offer you more inventory options in the event you need a new room. They offer you managed expectations something and that’s you can call peace of mind. 

Top 3 Airports in Europe That Make Long Layovers Bearable

Heading into Europe’s busiest travel season, travellers looking for the best flight deals may be stuck with long layovers. Frequent travellers are no stranger to delays, both expected and unexpected, and while they can be frustrating, the airport you are connecting in makes a big difference!

European airports have some of the most beautiful designs, fantastic food, and amenities. That said, there are a few standouts that we think you need to know. Check out our picks for the Top 3 Airports that take the pain out of a long layover:

Amsterdam, Netherlands – Schiphol International Airport

Schiphol Airport

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Schiphol is well known to travellers that pass through. It’s a fantastic airport to spend time, but it is also a short 15-minute train ride from the city centre. If your layover warrants time to get outside, it’s incredibly convenient. The airport has baggage storage for a small fee, where bags can be stored up to 30 days!

If you don’t quite have enough time to venture outside, don’t worry. Schiphol has some of the most wonderful services including a library, meditation centre, spa, a park, science museum, excellent shopping services, and loads of dining options!

Munich, Germany – Munich International Airport

Munich International Airport

Besides being an incredible city to visit, Munich is home to one of Europe’s best airports. The airport is bright, airy, with towering glass ceilings, a nearby park with a display of historic aircraft and mini-golf.

Long layovers in Munich are a breeze. You can choose from many recreation areas where they can lounge, relax, work, and put their feet up. In addition to lounge areas, you can take some time to explore the shopping areas, delicious dining options, and if needed, grab a Napcab.

Frankfurt, Germany – Frankfurt International Airport

Frankfurt Airport

Another one for Germany! They know how to do airports right. The airport is a mere 20 minutes from the city centre, making long layovers particularly easy. If you’ve got more than a few hours of a delay, hop on the train and explore the beautiful city of Frankfurt.

If you’d rather spend your time around the airport, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the variety of shops and restaurants, as well as entertainment services. Take in a movie at Movie World, or try your hand at video games at Gaming World. If you’d instead prefer to get some R&R, visit one of the airport’s many lounges. Keep in mind, some lounges are exclusively for Business and First Class Travelers of specific airlines. If you are travelling economy, explore their stunning Primeclass Lounges. The lounges offer showers, food, comfortable seating, charging docks, and more. They’re worth every Euro!

Long layovers can be painful, but if you find a great deal with a long connection in any of these airports, you will hardly notice the time, they are practically a destination in themselves. You’ll board your connecting flight refreshed, nourished, and ready to make the most of your next destination!