7 better ways to spend your time than on Airbnb

50 hours per month

From cleaning and communicating to check-in and laundry: it takes around 50 hours a month to manage a successful Airbnb on your own. Definitely less of a side-hustle, more side-hassle. What could you be doing with that time instead?

1. Reading more books. Loads more books.

How many of the above are on your reading list? Shame you don’t have enough time to get through them. Like me, your twenty pages before bed pledge lasted about three days.

But your average reader can get through 200 words per minute. So free 50 hours for yourself and you could get through 600,000 words! That’s a whole lot of classic novels crossed off. Maybe factor in a tea break or two though.

2. Learning to speak a language fluently

It takes around 250 – 300 hours to become conversationally fluent in a foreign language.

So you’ll be able to decipher the washing-machine instructions in your Spanish Airbnb within 6 months! ¡Excelente!

3. Walking the West Highland Way

It’s 96 miles from Milngavie to Fort William, following the route across the spectacular loch-shores, moorlands and mountains of the Scottish Highlands.

Take your 50 hours and it’s a comfortable 1.9 miles an hour. There’s probably no internet either – so no checking your Airbnb messages!

4. Sleeping more

“The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep” says sleep scientist Matthew Walker. If you’re getting less than eight hours a night then you could be risking – among other things – Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity and poor mental health.

Sounds like a good reason to stop managing an Airbnb and start hitting snooze.

5. Studying part-time for a degree

The Open University reckons it takes 16 hours of study a week to gain a degree part-time. So you’ve just about got time to learn history, business, art – do whatever you’ve always really wanted to do.

Unless you always wanted to change guest sheets three times a week. In which case, crack on.

6. Training for a marathon

“Short-walk to the city centre”

The ultimate human endurance challenge. Stop running guest errands and start running marathons!

According to Runners World, you need to dedicate 40 hours a month if training for a ‘serious’ marathon run. That gives you time to spare then – attempt at the Kipchoge record incoming…

7. Spending it with family

Ah, you can never have too much time with your family. Said everyone, always.

So always spend your time with the people most important to you. Life’s too short for late check-ins – leave the guests to us.


There’s hundreds of ways to spend 50 hours a month better than running an Airbnb. Luckily, we’re here to help. Airsorted will take care of every aspect of management, from cleaning and check-in to communication and more.

Let us open up your world. Check our nifty calendar to see if we can help.

8 façons peu coûteuses de faire en sorte que vos voyageurs tombent amoureux de votre logement !

Nous l’avons déjà dit et nous le répéterons encore: des voyageurs heureux signifient des hôtes heureux.

Vous n’avez pas besoin de casser votre tirelire pour que vos invités se sentent chez eux. Quelques petites attentions peuvent faire toute la différence pour améliorer leur expérience, conduisant à de meilleures évaluations laissées par vos voyageurs et donc à une demande accrue pour votre propriété à l’avenir !

Il existe de nombreux moyens simples de permettre à vos invités de passer un séjour agréable dans votre logement. Voici nos 8 suggestions préférées :

1. Créer une station de charge téléphonique

Nous utilisons tous de plus en plus nos téléphones au quotidien, mais jamais autant que lorsque nous voyageons ! Et il n’y a rien de pire que de se rendre compte une fois arrivé et qu’il nous reste plus que 1% de batterie, que l’on a oublié son téléphone chez soi…
Dans ces situations, vos voyageurs seront ravis de voir que vous avez pensé à eux en mettant à leur disposition une station de recharge pour leur téléphone. 

Créer une station de recharge à coté d’une prise de courant n’est pas bien compliqué, et il est aussi facile de se procurer sur internet ou en boutique des stations de recharges prêtes à l’emploi pour quelques euros seulement.

Sinon, vous pouvez aussi simplement laisser vos chargeurs en évidence à disposition de vos hôtes avec un petit mot !

Pensez à laisser des câbles appropriés pour chaque type de téléphone: Micro USB, USB-C, Lightning…

2. Panier d’échantillons de produits

Tout le monde a été pris au dépourvu au moins une fois à l’aéroport en devant abandonner ses affaires de toilettes interdits en cabine (shampoing, gel douche, parfum, dentifrice, etc.)

Si cela devait arriver à vos invités, ils seront heureux de voir que vous leur avez laissé des échantillons à disposition comme à l’hôtel avec une petite note les invitant à s’en servir…

Si vous n’avez pas déjà des dizaines d’échantillons que vous avez ramené de vos précédents voyages, pouvez trouver facilement dans le commerce des flacons réutilisables qu’il ne vous restera plus qu’à remplir avant de partir !

3. Mettre en place une station de boisson

Fatigués par un long voyage et peut-être le décalage horaire, vos voyageurs apprécieront beaucoup à leur arrivée que ayez préparé et mis à leur dispositions des boissons chaudes: thé, café, accompagné de tasses et de tout ce qui pourrait ajouter une touche personnelle tel que des gâteaux fait maison.

En été, vous pouvez aussi leur préparer une boisson détox… une carafe d’eau, quelques tranches de concombre,  des rondelles de citron, un bouquet de feuilles de menthe et le tour est joué !

4. Fournir un panier de bienvenue

Lorsque vous voulez vraiment faire bonne impression sur vos invités, rien ne fonctionne mieux qu’un panier garni offert à leur arrivée avec quelques produits locaux: une bouteille de vin de la région, une spécialité culinaire, quelques douceurs ou encore des fruits de saison, le tout accompagné d’un mot de bienvenue personnalisé. Cela leur montrera que vous avez fait un effort supplémentaire pour prendre soin d’eux et ils ne manqueront pas de vous remercier en vous laissant un bon commentaire et une bonne note sur leur séjour !

5. Rendre le mot de passe wifi facile à trouver

Le moyen le plus rapide d’atteindre le cœur d’un voyageur est de lui faciliter la vie durant son séjour chez vous. En effet, ce qui peut vous paraître évident ne l’est pas forcément pour eux.

Ainsi, même si vous avez inséré sur votre profil Airbnb les données de votre WIFI, n’hésitez pas à leur laisser un mot en évidence avec le nom du réseau et le mot de passe pour se connecter. Vous pouvez aussi par exemple le mettre en évidence en l’insérant dans un petit cadre photo déposé sur la table du salon.

Par ailleurs, si vous avez un de ces mot de passe de 28 caractères compliqué, n’hésitez pas à le remplacer par un mot de passe plus facile à écrire et à mémoriser !

6. Laisser un guide d’accueil à destination de vos voyageurs

S’il y a une chose qui rend spécial un séjour dans un Airbnb, c’est la possibilité de pouvoir vivre le temps d’un séjour comme un local – bien loin des expériences aseptisées des hôtels de chaîne.

Vous pouvez améliorer grandement l’expérience de vos invités en leur faisant part de vos coups de coeur et de vos endroits préférés dans la ville et plus spécifiquement dans votre quartier. Que ce soit un bar pour prendre un café le matin ou sortir prendre un verre le soir, une boulangerie ou acheter ses viennoiseries, ou encore un musée méconnu des touristes.
Si certains évènements ont lieu durant leur séjour, n’hésitez pas non plus à leur en faire part car ils ne sont pas forcément au courant et seront ravis que vous leur en ayez fait part.

Toutes ces informations peuvent leur être présentées sous forme de petit guide touristique personnel de bienvenue que vous aurez fait vous-même ou à travers des sites spécialisés pour lui donner une touche plus professionnelle.

La société StyQR, vous permet même de créer un livret d’accueil digitale que vos invités peuvent consulter facilement sur leur téléphone en scannant un QR code et ainsi emporter avec eux durant leur visite de la ville ! (https://styqr.fr/)

C’est en tous cas un moyen sûr de rendre leur séjour plus agréable, plus spécial, et d’obtenir facilement 5 étoiles après leur séjour.

7. Laisser un adaptateur universel

Le saviez-vous ? Il y a 15 types de prises électriques dans le monde, 8 tensions (voltages) différentes et 2 types de fréquences !

Ainsi, il est fort probable que les prises des appareils électroniques de vos voyageurs ne correspondent pas au standard français…
Il serait donc dommage qu’ils commencent leur séjour de mauvais humeur en se rendant compte qu’ils ne peuvent pas recharger leur téléphone ou parce qu’ils ont oubliés d’apporter leur adaptateur.
Pour quelques euros seulement, vous pouvez leur faciliter la vie dans ces cas là en mettant à leur disposition 1 ou 2 adaptateurs universels.

N’hésitez pas cependant à leur laisser un mot indiquant que ces adaptateurs sont aussi à disposition des prochains voyageurs et qu’ils ne peuvent donc pas les emporter après leur séjour…

8. Établissez une carte du monde de vos voyageurs

Vous ne le saviez peut-être pas mais le logo d’Airbnb, qu’ils ont baptisé Belo, concrétise leur vision d’un monde où les gens peuvent se sentir chez eux n’importe où. Pour donner vie à cette vision inclusive du monde, nous avons aidé certains de nos hôtes à créer une carte du monde sur un mur de leur propriété, où chaque invité y séjournant est invité à ajouter une épinglette pour montrer d’où il vient.

Après quelques réservations, vous pourrez déjà voir une grande variété de voyageurs venant du monde entier ayant ajouté des épingles à votre carte. Cela donne l’impression à vos invités de faire parti d’une véritable communauté de voyageurs, et donne un côté interactif à leur séjour. Et puis c’est aussi une bonne idée déco !

Tel Aviv Pride – what it means for Airbnb hosts

tel aviv pride

Tel Aviv’s annual Pride festival kicks off on Sunday 9th June.

Already, both locals and the many visitors to the city for the huge event are anticipating the week-long festivities that will reach their crescendo on Friday 14th June with the legendary Pride Parade and beach party at Charles Clore Park.

tel aviv beach

Considered by some to be the world’s best celebration of gay pride, Tel Aviv Pride reliably turns the already beautiful coastal city into a sea of colour and celebration.

250,000 people attended Tel Aviv Pride in 2018, with 30,000 of them visiting the city from overseas. Over 4,000 of these tourists booked accommodation in the city for the week of Pride – half in apartments, and mostly through Airbnb.

Though Airbnb’s popularity in Tel Aviv was already high in 2018, demand for Airbnb has continued to increase in the city over the past year. As a result, nightly rates for short-stay accommodation in Tel Aviv are expected to increase by 50% during Pride. That’s not even by comparison to the annual average nightly rate, but vs. other dates in June! Simply put, there isn’t a better time of year to be a host in Tel Aviv than during Pride.

tel aviv pride parade

However, to take full advantage of the opportunity, new hosts need to have a listing live and getting good reviews well before Pride begins. Positive reviews, especially for new listings, have a profound impact on the booking demand of a listing and, as a result, on the nightly rates a host can expect for their property.

Hosting on Airbnb isn’t always simple. There’s a lot to consider, such as cleaning, fresh linen, guest communication, check-in and check-out and a whole lot more – and for many people, it’s enough to put them off hosting altogether. This is where Airsorted comes in…

We’re a management company for short-stay rental hosts. Our mission is to make hosting hassle-free for hosts around the world, and we have a Tel Aviv based team who already do just that for a range of hosts in Tel Aviv.

Airsorted offer a complete service to our hosts that includes 24-hr guest support, cleaning, rental and laundry of hotel-quality linen, dynamic nightly rate pricing (to help you make the most of that increased demand over Tel Aviv Pride…), secure 24-hr property access for guests, and a custom-built host dashboard that lets hosts easily track their rental performance and bookings.

The clock is ticking for new hosts to get their listings live in time to get the best out of Tel Aviv Pride. Airsorted can fast-track this process for you, creating your listing and even taking photographs of your property to make sure you’re up and running in no time.

If our hassle-free service could be of interest, the first step is to find out how much your property could be making from Airbnb. Take our price calculator to find out, then book a call with one of our friendly new homes specialists to find out if our Airsorted could be right for you.

Why summer is every Airbnb host in Lisbon’s favourite season

To kick this off, here’s a pretty impressive statistic that shows the sheer appeal of Lisbon’s summer season for visitors – about 50% of visitors to Lisbon come between June and September.

As with every city that Airbnb operates in (which, by the way, is almost every city on earth), peak tourist seasons mean a surge in demand for accommodation, and that means hosts are able to charge higher nightly rates than usual.

It’s important that Lisbon property owners looking to make the most of short-rental demand over summer are well prepared.

New hosts will want to make sure they’re up and running a few months beforehand, so they have time to get a few good reviews on their listing before peak season commences.

But what will really help all hosts in Lisbon get the most value from the summer months, whether they’re new or established, is knowing those key peaks which bring in tourists and drive up nightly rates.

The Airsorted Lisbon team has put their heads together to share the big events this summer that will drive Airbnb demand – here they are:

Festas de Lisboa: June 1st-30th

Throughout June, Lisbon and much of Portugal gets into a festive mood for the Festas de Lisboa, which attracts tens of thousands of tourists to the capital.   

The festival is a proper bonanza of cultural treats – one of those rare but wonderful festivals that’s fully embraced by locals and tourists alike.   

Taking place through the city’s sunny streets, but especially in the historic districts in the centre, the festival has religious origins but has now evolved to take on a cultural significance all of its own. It celebrates and highlights a range of Lisbon’s proudest achievements in literature, science, sport, cinema, cuisine and much more.

The cultural crescendo reaches its peak during a parade through Lisbon’s famous Avenida de Liberdade over the 12th and 13th of June. During this, different areas of the city show off their local talents with dancers, musicians and artists competing to earn a crown for their bairro.

Lisbon foodie treats – especially those famous sardines – and the free-flowing red wine complete what has to be one of the most memorable nights of the year for those who’ve travelled to be there.

As a resident in Lisbon, however, you’d be forgiven for craving a little peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of the city during this time, at least once in a while… If you are planning on escaping the city in June, letting your home out on a short-term basis for this month provides visiting tourists with a unique opportunity to live like real lisboetas – plus, the phenomenal demand surge means Lisbon hosts earn an average of 60% more during June than in other months.

NOS Alive ‘19: July 11th-13th

Taking place on the gorgeous Oeiras Coast to the West of Lisbon,  the 60,000+ people attending this year’s NOS Alive Festival will get the chance to see big name acts including Bon Iver, The Cure, and Vampire Weekend.

The festival also features a range of local and Portuguese-language acts, which revellers can enjoy while lapping up the Portuguese summer sun. There’s little wonder the festival regularly features in top 10 lists of European music festivals.

With the picturesque scenery of the Oeiras Coast just a 10-minute train ride from the delights of central Lisbon, NOS Alive is good news for Airbnb hosts in Lisbon too. They can expect the demand for accommodation in Lisbon to double over the festival weekend.

Super Bock Super Rock ‘19: 18th-20th of July

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Super Bock Super Rock has grown into one of Portugal’s biggest and most-loved festivals.  

Although it started out in 1994 as a rock music festival, these days Super Bock Super Rock embraces a wide range of musical genres from local acts to, this year, the likes of Migos, Lana Del Ray and Disclosure.

The festival has relocated multiple times – this year it’s an hour’s bus ride South of Lisbon near Meco Beach. This makes Super Bock Super Rock ideal for tourists to plan a pre- or post-festival cultural stop in Lisbon, or for those less keen on camping to book accommodation in the capital as a calm retreat from the excitement of the festival.  As a result, Lisbon hosts can expect another double demand surge for short-stay accommodation over the festival weekend, with a lesser (but still substantial) increase in demand in the days leading up to and immediately after the festival. 

Airbnb demand in Lisbon:
3 summer peaks

  • Festas de Lisboa
    When: June.
    Why: As a result of the month-long festivities, Lisbon hosts can earn 60% more on average during June.

  • NOS Alive
    When: 11-13 July.
    Why: This sun-soaked festival in Oeiras is expected to attract over 60,000 attendees, doubling demand for Airbnb accommodation over the weekend. 
  • Super Bock Super Rock
    When: 18-20 July.
    Why: 2019’s the 25th anniversary of the rock festival. Just a short train ride from Lisbon, it’s ideal for tourists to visit the capital. Airbnb demand will increase before and after the festival, doubling on the weekend itself.

So it’s clear that there’s plenty of accommodation demand in Lisbon over the summer to make hosting in the city seem tempting. But we know it can seem a hassle – especially if you’re new to the short-stay renting world.

We’re here to help. With Airsorted, we’ll manage your rental property for you – taking away all the hassle with 24hr guest support, rental and laundry of hotel quality linen, managing guest check-ins, and reliable communication with hosts to keep them up to date with bookings and earnings.

We really recommend that those considering becoming hosts for the first time this summer get their properties listed on Airbnb as soon as possible, to make sure they’re prepared in advance. If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you.

The first step is to use the pricing calculator on our website to find out how much you could potentially be earning – you might be surprised!

8 inexpensive ways to make guests fall in love with your property

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: happy guests mean happy hosts.

You don’t have to break the bank to get your guests feeling at home. A few small touches can make all the difference to their experience, leading to better guest reviews and higher demand for your property in the future!

There are loads of simple ways to help your guests have an enjoyable stay at your property – but here are 8 of our favourites:

1. Create a phone charging station

We all need our phones more and more, but never quite as much as when we’re travelling. It’s not all that hard to build a DIY charger station around a plug socket, making it easy for guests to charge up their phones and other electronic devices – and to remember where they’ve plugged them in!

2. Sample Jar

Everyone’s been caught out by the liquids ban on flights at least once. Should this happen for your guests you can help by keeping any miniature product samples you have lying around in a jar with a note inviting them to help themselves. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated by a guest in need!

3. Set up a beverage station

If there’s one thing that jetlagged guests will be grateful for when they arrive at your property, it’s quick access to a comforting cup of their favourite hot drink. Set up a beverage station to help them feel welcome and get refreshed, equipped with mugs, tea, coffee and anything else you’d like to add to give it a personal touch.  

4. Provide a welcome basket

When you really want to make a good impression on your guests, play to the timeless human love of a good freebie. Welcome baskets don’t need to be over the top luxury hampers – simply a snack, a little bottle of body wash and a personalised welcome note is enough to show you’ve gone the extra mile to make them happy.  

5. Make the wifi password easy to find

The quickest way to a guest’s heart is by making their life easier. Instead of making them search through booking information or have to root around your property for the wifi password, place it somewhere that’s clearly visible. Some of the best we’ve seen in Airsorted host properties use a picture frame to display their wifi details – guests won’t be able to miss it and will appreciate the added convenience.  

6. Leave a personal welcome guide in your property

If there’s one thing that makes staying at an Airbnb special, it’s the chance to get under the skin of a city by living in someone’s property – a far cry from the one-size-fits-all experience of staying in many hotels. You can take this one step further for your guests by adding some of your own personality in the form of a welcome guide.

Whether it’s a laminated couple of pages or a more detailed printed guide they can take home with them, telling guests your favourite local haunts (especially if you let them in on a few hidden gems…) is a sure fire way to make their stay that bit more special, and get those 5-star reviews coming in in the process.  

7. Spare adapter

Ever gone on an overseas trip and forgotten your adapter? Of course you have: we all have! There’s no need for your guests start off their stay in a bad mood because they’ve had to buy a brand new plug adapter – have one or two universal adapters ready in the flat for them.

Just remember to make sure it’s clearly marked as yours, as they can be easy for guests to accidentally take home if not.

8. Set up a hometown world map for guests to contribute to

Airbnb’s logo, which they’ve named the Belo, brings to life their vision of a world where people can feel like they belong anywhere. To bring this inclusive vision of the world to life for guests, we’ve helped some of our hosts to set up a world map on a wall in their property where every guest who stays is invited to add a pin to show where they come from.

After a few guests have stayed, you start to see a rich variety of guests from all over the world adding pins. It creates a new interesting feature in your property, lets your guests know that you’re genuinely interested in them, and makes them feel part of something a little bigger. And best of all – doing this only costs the price of a world map.

5 of Edinburgh’s most incredible Airbnb properties

Airsorted help hosts to look after and short-let over 600 properties in Edinburgh today.

Like much of the housing in the capital, the majority of Airsorted managed properties are one or two bedroom period flats, but there are lots of gems that really do stand out as unbelievable places to stay.   

We asked our Edinburgh team to tell use about the most truly unforgettable properties they manage in the city. Here are their top 5 picks:

1. A penthouse with castle views, McEwan Square

This stunningly modern penthouse apartment on McEwan Square boasts several balconies – one with spectacular castle views – and a double-height living room with a modern spiral staircase up to a second living area.

As well as two bedrooms and two bathrooms (one en-suite), it comes equipped with a balcony barbeque and stylish indoor dining area.

2. The Nest, Morningside

The Nest on Church Hill is a quirky book lover’s bolt hole, on the boundary between the lively and leafy boroughs of Morningside and Bruntsfield.

This third-floor flat has two bedrooms, an open kitchen, a living and dining room – and enough books to keep you entertained for weeks.

3. Clock tower apartment, New Town

This grand New Town apartment has incredible views over St. Mary’s Church spire and the Firth of Forth. With four bedrooms (two ensuite) and a master bathroom with a roll top bath, this is a really luxurious choice for up to 9 guests.

Visitors have a choice of three dining areas and the fantastically central location is perfect to explore all that Edinburgh has to offer.

4. Cost castle-view flat, Old Town

In the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, and just around the corner from our Airsorted office, this romantic one bedroom apartment is and a couple of minutes walk from Edinburgh Castle and the colourful Grassmarket square.

However, with views of the Castle from your bed and a cosy log burner in the living room, you’d be forgiven for swapping sightdseeing for snuggling up inside this cosy home on a chilly Edinburgh winter’s evening.

5. The King’s Chamber, Royal Mile

Undoubtedly, one of the jewels in Airsorted Edinburgh’s crown is this stunning one bedroom historic apartment in Riddle’s Court just off the Royal Mile.

The bedroom, which features extraordinary painted beams, was once the location of a dinner party hosted by King James VI of Scotland. If walls could talk…

The Airsorted Guide to Travelling for Work

We all know travelling for work can sometimes be an inconvenience. From packing to accommodation, check-in to transfers, there’s a multitude of different things that can make a frequent flyers life a lot more stressful. So, in our mission to make things hassle-free, here is our Airsorted guide on how to travelling for work in style!

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