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The Airsorted Guide to Travelling for Work

June 22, 2018

 

Who doesn’t love to travel? Whether it’s sunbathing on the beaches of Bali or skiing in the Swiss Alps, everyone has their own ideal holiday destination. But when you travel for work, the realities can sometimes leave you feeling like you need another trip away.

When you think of the stereotypical business traveller, you can be forgiven if you imagine a crumpled suit, bleary eyes and luggage that looks just about big enough for an iPad. But the savviest travellers know how to hop from country to country without losing sleep, looking fresh-faced and ready for their next meeting.

As we’re in 18 cities globally (with more on the way!) we know a thing or two about travelling for work. So we asked some of our more frequent flyers to give us their advice on how to make travelling for work hassle-free.

 

 

  1. Do your researchNick Hodgson - Regional Cities Director

“For me, the biggest thing before I fly out is making sure I know at least a little bit about where I’m going. Local customs, learning what people find rude or not is vital, so you should always do your research. If you don’t speak the language, learn some key phrases to help you get around. It just isn’t enough to know how to get from the airport to the office to your hotel and back again.”

 

    2. ‘Travel checklistLauren Scott-Smith - Designer

“I spend ages packing, even if I’m only going there for a few days. I never bring more than just a carry-on and I hate feeling unprepared, so I try and plan out exactly the things I’ll need and pack according to roughly when I need them. That way I’m not doing things like digging around in the bottom of my bag for my passport. I did that a few years ago and it’s basically become my travel checklist ever since. ”

 

 

    3. ‘Use your smartphone Arjun Bains - Performance Marketing Manager

“My phone becomes my lifeline when I’m travelling for work, so I’d advise anyone to really use your smartphone when abroad. I download every app I’m going to need while I’m there, Citymapper, Tripadvisor and of course Airbnb. I also make sure I have data or buy a roaming pack, on the off chance I’m somewhere that doesn’t have good wifi.”

 

   4.  ‘Get loyalty pointsMonica Wejman - Toronto City Manager

“I always sign up for airline loyalty points whenever I get the chance. You can find some really good deals if you’re a regular flyer and it can be kind of fun seeing them go up. I try to make sure I get loyalty points when I can. Definitely look out though, some airlines charge an annual fee so always best to check first.”

 

Short-let your home while away

Wherever you’re travelling, it’s always good not to let your property sit idle while you’re away. Bills and mortgage payments won’t stop while you’re abroad so listing your property with Airsorted can help you cover the costs, hassle-free. Our host management service means you can earn money from your home while you travel for work, while still having the flexibility to come back when you need to. We’ll create your listing, arrange cleaning & laundry and even handle guest communication for you, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

List your property today to find out how much your home could earn while you’re away - it might be the best decision you make all Summer.  

 

Airsorted's Edinburgh Housewarming Party!

June 21, 2018

 

Last week, we hosted a very special housewarming party in Edinburgh to introduce some fantastic journalists and bloggers to Airsorted. We had everything a great house party should have – good music, good company and plenty of homemade cocktails!

The event was hosted in the King’s Chamber at Riddle’s Court, one of the most unique Airsorted properties in Edinburgh. After all, we help get the King’s Chamber ready for guests through our property management services, so we thought it would be the perfect place to show off exactly what we do.

 

 

 

The one-bedroom apartment has been recently renovated, and it’s the ideal city-centre pad for exploring Edinburgh’s historic Old Town. Located on the Royal Mile, it’s just two minutes away from Edinburgh Castle and a short stroll away from the hustle and bustle of Princes Street.

Inside, it has been beautifully decorated to incorporate period features (like the amazing 16th century painted beams in the bedroom) alongside modern design. If you fancy staying in the King’s Chamber yourself, it’s available to book via Airbnb here.

On the night, there were lots of things going on for our guests to enjoy. We kicked things off with a G&T from Oro Gin, followed by an introduction to Airsorted by our Edinburgh City Manager, Imogene Keane.

 

 

 

We then got to hear from Julie Mitchell, a financial advisor from Independent Women, who gave us some great financial tips. From getting on the property ladder to investing your money wisely, Julie’s insights were invaluable for new homeowners. She also emphasised the importance of making your home work for you, and using opportunities (like short term letting with the help of Airsorted!) to help you earn extra money to pay your mortgage off quicker.

Next up, we moved through from the living room to the bedroom for an interiors masterclass with Saffron Hodgson from Ampersand Interiors. From the basics of choosing a colour palette for your room, to clever ways to hide away your personal belongings when you’re renting out your home, Saffron had lots of fantastic tips. Simple things like adding plants or colourful cushions can take a room from looking tired and boring, to warm and inviting for your guests.

 

 

Then it was back to the kitchen and dining area for a gin cocktail masterclass with new Scottish distillery, Oro Gin. Expert bartender Christian showed us how to mix up two summery cocktails – the Golden Garden and The Dream – with our guests having a go at making them both. The Golden Garden was a refreshing mix of Oro Gin, elderflower presse, cucumber, lemon and mint, and The Dream put a fruity twist on the classic Bramble, with strawberries, raspberries and blackberries muddled in the glass.

We just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who came along to our housewarming party! We had a fantastic night introducing bloggers and journalists to the world of Airsorted and showing them how they can make the most out of their Edinburgh properties.

 

If you’d like to become an Airsorted host, enter your details into our clever property calculator and see how much your home could earn you.

 

Meet the Executive Jetsetters: Neil & Mehjabeen

June 15, 2018

 

 

There are a number of reasons why you might decide to short-let your property. Maybe you’re relocating for work, perhaps your looking for extra income to fund your travels and want to make sure your home is in safe hands while you’re away. Today we introduce you to Bristol based hosts, Neil Patrick and his wife Mehjabeen, who let out their property using Airsorted earlier this year.

Mehjabeen is a CFO while Neil runs his own ad agency, both jobs which means their plans rarely coincide. “I might be away, she might be,” Neil explains, “we can both be abroad for one month but maybe not at the same time.”

So we asked Neil how he came to list his property on Airbnb. “We’re based in Clifton Wood, a lot of people visit this part of town - it’s near the bridge and near the city centre, so it’s a great location in Bristol. We also recently had a garden extension done. We absolutely love the house but also go away quite a lot, so with the advent of Airbnb, we realised there was a great opportunity. So while our daughter was away for university, we decided to put our property on Airbnb. The timing of it was perfect, and because Airsorted take care of it all for you, we could move forward with listing our property on Airbnb without worrying. We wouldn’t be on Airbnb without Airsorted.”

Our hassle-free service is designed to take all the stress out of hosting for you, from creating your listing to vetting your guests, something Neil and Mehjabeen were able to find out first hand. “We were onsite with a week, everything was really smooth. The big thing for us was getting it listed in the first place, a lot of the heavy lifting was done by Airsorted. Not having to worry about dealing with anything when the guests are here, cleaning, top quality bedding and linen, at a consistent quality too. It’s a more reliable service than what we could provide anyway, it means we can switch off. It gives us peace of mind.”

 

 

Some of the biggest worries when short-letting your home for the first time can be whether or not it’s going to be take care of, or whether it’ll be rented at all. “It’s a great house and, combined with what Airsorted bring to the table, makes it look very professional,” Neil explains, “plus, everytime we list it, it’s rented. We’ve had 100% occupancy. We’re now able to go away more because it covers our weekend trips away.”

Working with Airsorted has also given Neil and Mehjabeen more freedom. “It gives us the opportunity to take more breaks, and also contributes to the cost of the house. We recently were able to go to Milan because of it. My wife was there for work and so I listed the property and within 24 hours there were 2 requests to book. This meant we could travel together, knowing it was all covered.”

 

 

 

Neil & Mehjabeen’s top Bristol picks:

“Clifton Village is a great spot, with tons of bars and restaurants. It’s got a nice feel, boutique shops and it’s near the bridge so has some great views - would definitely recommend. We’re also close to the harbour, with plenty of watersports if that’s your thing. One of our favourites is the Pumphouse Pub, a converted pump house built for the floating harbour. It specialises in gin, so if you like your gin, it’s a great place to have a drink and sit on the water.”  

Whether you’re a seasoned Super Host or thinking about using Airbnb for the first time, Airsorted is here to help. Get in touch or click on 'Get Started' at the top of the page and discover our hassle-free service!

 

Meet the Business Travellers: Hazel & Luke Robertson

June 8, 2018

 

Letting out property can be very appealing for a whole range of people – from families looking to make some extra money while they’re on holiday, to people who own a second property and are looking to become essentially a full-time landlord.

We wanted to introduce you to a few of these people to show you how Airsorted can benefit you, no matter what your lifestyle is like. So, today we’re meeting Hazel and Luke Robertson from Edinburgh, who let out their property using Airsorted while they’re travelling the world for business.

Hazel is a low carbon energy consultant and her work regularly takes her, and husband Luke (a sustainable finance consultant), away from home. On top of this, they’re both Explorers in Residence for the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, educational positions that require lots of travel to far-flung places across the globe.

Because of their jobs, the couple spend a lot of time away from their Edinburgh home. Rather than leaving it empty for half the year, it made financial sense for them to let the property out whenever they were away on business trips or expeditions.

But organising your property and managing guests can be tricky, especially if you’re busy planning trips or are on the other side of the world. That’s where we come in!

“Airsorted manages the flat and the booking process,” Hazel explains, “everything from liaising with guests, cleaning and sorting fresh linen, to repairs. It takes away the stress factor and saves time.

“Before we brought Airsorted on board we managed the Airbnb bookings for the flat ourselves, so we know just how much time is involved in sorting everything out.”

From short trips across the UK, to weeks away in remote locations, using Airsorted gave Hazel and Luke peace of mind that everything was being looked after while they were travelling.

“We were away for three months in Alaska on expedition and frequently had no phone reception, so it was reassuring to know there was somebody looking after things at the flat,” says Hazel.

 

Even if an extended stay in the Arctic isn’t on your itinerary, Hazel says Airsorted works just as well for a weekend away or a short business trip, “Letting out our home fits really well around our working lives – the time-saving element is huge.”

Aside from work, Hazel and Luke have a passion for travelling. ”Part of it is the freedom,” Hazel says, “you’re breaking away from the day-to-day. I love being somewhere new and meeting new people, it’s really refreshing getting different points of view, and it’s a privilege to discover remote and beautiful places. Luke was the first Scot to ski solo and unsupported to the South Pole, so I guess we both have a bit of a thing for wild places!”

As much as they love travelling, the couple also love returning to Edinburgh and enjoying home comforts again. Plus, with Airsorted, we’ll make sure your property is spick and span for your homecoming. Hazel says: “It’s such a treat coming home to a clean and tidy flat! It’s a really nice feeling knowing that your home has been taken care of.”

If you also own a home in Edinburgh and want to make the most of it when you’re travelling for businesses (or for fun!), get in touch with us to find out more about how Airsorted can help you earn money from your property.

 

 

What’s On in Edinburgh This Spring

May 18, 2018

 

Edinburgh Airsorted

 

 

Sunny days and cherry blossoms lining the streets means spring is well and truly here. There’s lots going on in Edinburgh this spring, from food and drink festivals to award-winning theatre productions.

Whether you’re an Edinburgh resident or just visiting the city for a spring holiday, here’s our Airsorted guide to what’s on in Edinburgh this spring.

 

Hidden Door Festival

Hidden Door is one of Edinburgh’s coolest arts festivals, and this year it takes place from 25 May to 3 June. Hidden Door opens up secret and abandoned places, transforming them into colourful arts, theatre and music hubs for the week.

The main venues this year are the old Leith Theatre and the former State Cinema building, and the organisers hope to breathe new life into these abandoned venues. You can expect a packed programme of music, theatre, visual art, film, dance, spoken word, late-night DJs and special events, plus pop-up bars and street food stalls to enjoy.

25 May-3 June - hiddendoorblog.org

 

Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival

Beer connoisseurs are in for a treat at the Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival this spring. Over 30 craft breweries will be at the event, including local breweries like Hanging Bat Brew Co, Six Degrees North, Stewart Brewing and Fierce Beer. You’ll also be able to sample craft beers from across the world, with breweries from Sweden, Denmark, the USA, Norway, Ireland and Spain taking part.

Held over the bank holiday weekend, 25 to 27 May, at The Biscuit Factory in Leith, you can also tuck into street food from Edinburgh favourites The Pitt, Buffalo Truck, Barnacles & Bones and more. Don’t forget to check out the live music too, as there will be DJ sets from top acts like Mogwai and Two Door Cinema Club.

25-27 May - edinburghcraftbeerfestival.co.uk

 

Film Fest in the City

Make the most of the beautiful spring sunshine in Edinburgh and watch a movie at an outdoor cinema as part of Film Fest in the City. Taking over St Andrew Square for three days, there’s a varied programme of films for all ages – and best of all, it’s totally free!

Some of the films being show over the weekend include Top Gun, Paddington, Moulin Rouge, Thor: Ragnarok, The Greatest Showman, Ghostbusters and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Grab your picnic blanket and popcorn, and enjoy a unique outdoor cinema experience in Edinburgh this spring.

15-17 June - edinevents.com/film-fest-in-the-city

 

Wicked

One of the world’s biggest musicals, Wicked, is coming to Edinburgh this spring. Showing at The Playhouse from 7 May to 8 June, Wicked is a spectacular West End and Broadway smash hit, and the UK tour will transport you to the world of Oz from right here in Edinburgh.

Wicked features a talented cast, including Amy Ross starring as Elphaba and Helen Woolf as Glinda. Tickets are selling out fast, so be quick if you want to snap up a seat at this iconic musical!

7 May-8 June - wickedthemusical.co.uk

 

Scottish Juniper Festival

Who doesn’t love a G&T? Enjoy a glass (or two) of gin this spring at the Scottish Juniper Festival in Edinburgh. Join in the fun at Summerhall over the weekend of 1 to 3 June, as the gin festival returns for its fifth year.

Take part in masterclasses, visit a working distillery, chat to the experts, sample a wide range of Scottish gins, or indulge in some of Edinburgh’s finest gin cocktails. Whether you’re interested in the history of gin or want to find a new favourite tipple, there’s sure to something to keep you entertained.

1-3 June - solid-liquids.co.uk/juniper

 

Leith Festival

If you venture away from Edinburgh city centre this spring, you’ll find the Leith Festival taking place from the 9 to 17 June. This community festival is a celebration of all things Leith, with an eclectic programme covering art, theatre, music, dance, historic tours and more.

Leith Festival kicks off with a gala day and pageant on 9 June, and comes to a close with the Leith Festival Tattoo on 17 June. The full programme of events is yet to be released, but it’s sure to be a good one.

9-17 June - leithfestival.com

 

Rip It Up

The National Museum of Scotland is always worth a visit, and this spring they have a new exhibition celebrating the history of Scottish pop music. Open from 22 June, Rip It Up will take you on a musical journey through Scotland’s most iconic moments from the 1950s to the present day.

There will be lots of memorabilia on show (including stage outfits, instruments, props, films and records), telling the stories of influential indie pioneers and global superstars. This exhibition is a must-visit for music fans, especially as it’s the first major exhibition dedicated to Scottish pop music.

From 22 June - nms.ac.uk/ripitup

 

Meadows Festival

The Meadows are currently full of beautiful spring cherry blossoms, and in a couple of weeks it’ll be the setting for the popular Meadows Festival. This free, volunteer-run event is a great day out if you’re looking for something to do in Edinburgh on a sunny day. This year it’s on from 2-3 June.

You’ll find several stages throughout the Meadows, with live music from local bands like Indigo Velvet, Be Charlotte and Big Fat Panda. There’s also a performance area with everything from belly dancing to swordfighting, a sports area with matches throughout the weekend, and a kids entertainment area with storytelling, hula hooping, craft workshops, face painting and lots more.

2-3 June - jcrossleyzels.wixsite.com/meadowsfestival

 

 

Not an Airsorted host yet, what are you waiting for?

See how much your home could earn with our clever calculator.

 

 

Airsorted Launches in Brighton & Hove!

May 16, 2018

 

We’re so excited to finally arrive in one of the UK’s most iconic seaside towns.

 

With over 11 million visitors a year and 15% of those staying overnight, it’s no surprise that Brighton & Hove has been chosen as the next UK launch city after London, Dublin and Edinburgh.

But it’s not just the pier and pebble beach that get people down to the coast, it’s the culture and arts scene which seeps through all the regency style buildings, pubs, clubs and art galleries which litter the city centre and beyond.

Not content with the huge amount of London day trippers, Brighton attracts global tourists all throughout the year for a super diverse range of events, including  the Brighton Fringe Festival which runs throughout May, the Brighton Digital Festival in October and UK’s largest Pride event in August, which alone brings in 400,000 visitors!

 

Brighton has always been known as a town of free thinkers and radicals, that’s why we think Airsorted will feel right at home here, with Brighton residents who are already well versed in the sharing economy and ready to take full advantage of our amazing service.

Over the last 10 years the city has also become a leading digital hub, playing host to video game design studios and a plethora of big mobile app developers. We hope that Airsorted can help the cities coders and developers to keep the homes that they love, while traveling the world as ‘digital nomads’, working on projects by beaches and swimming pools, while thousands of tourists have an unforgettable experience in their homes.

Brighton already has a huge amount of AirBnb and holiday lets covering a range of styles and tastes and over the coming year, we hope to work with hosts from some of the city’s most beautiful homes, becoming an essential part of this amazing town.

 

Want to help us decide where to launch next? Register your interest here and let us know! We could be landing in your city very soon.

 

How we raised over £7 million

May 16, 2018

 

 

At the beginning of March, we set out with the goal of raising funds to help us expand into new markets, as well as develop and improve our technology. Within just 4 days of opening our crowdfunding campaign, we had already hit our initial target of £1 million! 

2 months, 5 new cities and over 1,000 investors later, we’re proud to say we raised a total of over £7 million thanks to a hugely successful campaign on Seedrs. 

On the 9th of May, our crowdfunding officially ended. Here are some of the highlights:
 

  • Raised £5 million in Series A investment from investors including Atami Capital, Concentric, Maxfield Capital and Pi Labs in March. These funds were reflected in our Seedrs campaign.

  • Crowdfunding campaign opens, hitting £1 million in just 4 days.

  • Attracted over 1,200 investors from around the world

  • Launched in 5 new cities - Oxford, Manchester, Bath, Cambridge and Toronto (yes Toronto!)

 

Currently operating in 14 cities around the world, our aim is to expand into 38 new cities by the end of 2019 and with this funding, we can achieve this. Additionally, the funding will help us develop technology to automate processes, including smart scheduling, automatic communication with guests and API integrated channel management, all helping to make hosting with Airsorted hassle-free. 
 

If you'd like to take the hassle out of hosting, try our clever property calculator and unlock the value in your home.

 

Are You Kitten Me Right Meow? Introducing ‘Paw’ternity!

May 10, 2018

 

We know the working week can be tough sometimes and so at Airsorted, we do everything we can to make our employees day to day lives that little bit easier. And, with a recent survey totalling over 51 million pets in the UK - we’re clearly a nation of animal lovers - what better way to show our appreciation than by introducing…

Paw’ternity!

That’s right! We’ve introduced ‘Paw’ternity leave! This means Airsorted employees can now spend up to a week working from home helping their new pet settle in. More than enough time to heap a whole lotta love on the latest addition to the family.

 

‘A selection of photos from the Airsorted team. Pawesome!’

 

If you’re interested in joining the Airsorted team, visit our careers page and discover your next big adventure.

 

 

Good Airbnbs Make Good Neighbours: Top Tips for Smart Hosting

June 13, 2017

As Airbnb is a community built on reviews, you won’t get far if you don’t maintain certain standards as a host. Successful (and lucrative) hosting involves creating the right conditions for responsible guests, and as a host, acting responsibly should any issues arise. That responsibility extends to the wider community, and you will not be long hearing about it if disruptive guests disrupt your neighbours. Here’s some tips to avoid any Airbnb nightmares!

Vet Your Guests:
Irresponsible guests are not commonplace, but hosting ones that are is in nobody’s interest. They bother your neighbours, they wreak havoc on your property and they generally cost more money and create more hassle than they’re worth. Airsorted avoid these type of guests at all costs by taking full advantage of the vetting options available on Airbnb.

If guests do not have previous good reviews, you should ask them to complete the verification steps on their profile (which includes uploading a government ID). Also, does their story check out? Don’t be afraid to ask them for a bit more detail about their trip. And remember the golden rule: If there is any doubt as to their intentions or their authenticity, then just kindly decline the booking.

Write and Read Reviews:
Guest and host reviews are the most important indicator of whether you are going to have a positive or negative experience on Airbnb. It is your prerogative as a host to both read a guest’s reviews before you accept a booking request, and then to write reviews for your guests when they leave. The more reviews that are in circulation, the easier it will be to build a responsible Airbnb community. (Note: Guests will also review you as a host.)

Rules + Minimum Bookings:
Home rules can be written into your listing, and a guest must agree to these rules before they complete their booking. There are some standard rules that Airbnb suggest such as No Parties; No Smoking; No Pets, but then you also have the opportunity to add more bespoke advice. Please don’t congregate in the foyer, or Loud music after 8pm keeps our young neighbours awake, provide helpful advice for visiting guests. You can also leave signs or notes at the property as a gentle reminder.

Deposits, Host Guarantee + Insurance:
Even with the most respectable guests, accidents can happen. The best tip is to try to avoid leaving anything of significant monetary or sentimental value at the property. To prevent against any losses, you can then write a security deposit into your listing. Airbnb’s own Host Guarantee also covers losses up to €800,000. However, it is important to make claims quickly as Airbnb generally won’t uphold that claim once the next guest has checked in or once two weeks have passed.

A word of caution: the host guarantee doesn’t extend to third party bookings made for personal travel, even if made by a family member or friend. And it can be prudent to take out additional insurance designed especially for the sharing economy. GUARDHOG is our provider of choice.

Maintenance + Emergency Contacts
Being prepared is the best way to stay calm and react quickly should any issues arise. Make a list of contractors or building maintenance companies that you can call on should you need any quick fixes for your guests. It can be useful to contact them in advance to get an idea of their general availability and pricing (including seasonal / weekend / late night pricing). Leave helpful instructions for guests. Make sure your boiler is serviced and your radiators bled before Autumn. And provide reliable contact information for guests should anything arise, including alternative emergency contact information if you are going to be out of town.

Talk to Your Neighbours!
If you have a good relationship with your neighbours, it can certainly be worth mentioning to them that you are opening your home to visiting guests. Show them your listing and explain to them the steps you are taking to be a responsible host. Reassure them that you do not want your Airbnb to cause disruption to them, check in with them every now and again, and welcome their ongoing feedback. Make sure that they have a contact number for you too, or an emergency contact if you are going to be out of town.

Has Airbnb banned in-person check-ins?

March 17, 2017

Well…not quite, but they have made it essential that guests are able to arrive via self check-in in order for a listing to be classed as “Business Travel Ready”.

Now, we’re not ones to say “I-told-you-so”, but…at Airsorted, we’ve been perfecting the art of the self check-in since day one, so we know a thing or two about its benefits.

Why are self check-ins so critical?
As most hosts can attest, the logistics of getting two people to meet – with all of the delays that can occur along the way – is actually very tricky. Something as simple as a flight delay or a phone on low battery can make for a rather stressful experience for the guest. Business travellers are also usually in town for…well, business. At the end of a transatlantic red-eye flight, they don’t necessarily want a whistle-stop tour of the area. Instead, they just want clear instructions on how to get into the property, and 24/7 support when – and only when – they choose to use it.

How important is this for getting bookings?
Short answer – very! Business travel is an enormous focus area for Airbnb. Business travel on Airbnb has been increasing organically since Airbnb’s first global roll out, but it now has its very own platform. Quality assurance is incredibly important for business travel bookers, and this move to automate the check-in process is a step towards meeting the needs of companies around the world, whose share of the global travel market is substantial.

How will Airsorted get my listing Business Travel Ready?
Getting Business Travel Ready is easy and we can show you how. When we visit your home we will consult on what steps to take so that you can start reaping the rewards of business tourism . Get started now!