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HOW TO:
find & arrange accommodations

Create a unique holiday experience

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Let's find the best places to stay

At Traviqo we help travelers with unique holiday experiences. With help from you. At this page we help you find and fix the best places to stay, as part of the different add-ons.


In short: 

This add-on includes everything to do with finding an awesome place to stay. We encourage our local travel experts to use website such as Booking, Airbnb, Vrbo, Agoda, Plum guide, Homestay, Sonder, Glamping hub, Quest Apartments  and many other platforms, based on the wishes of the traveler. Obviously, a traveler may wish to stay in an apartment or hotel, but we also love to do things a bit differently. So if you’d love to sleep on a boat, a hut or a yurt, we got you covered. 

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First things first: what you should know

Before you can start there are a few essential things you should know. Sometimes the traveler already provides the answers to the questions below in his booking request. Otherwise, you can ask during the meeting.

The thing you should know: 

  • What is the destination? 

  • When is the trip taking place? 

  • Who is joining?

  • What is the budget?

  • What kind of accommodation(s) is the traveler looking for?

  • What are any other wishes? 

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Let's share some great places to find awesome accommodations

Obviously, the accommodations you select for the traveler are tailored to his needs. That's what makes Traviqo awesome, right? :) To help you get started, we thought we might share some platforms you might wanna use to find the best accommodations available.

 

1.  Airbnb

Airbnb has incredibly large amount of vacation homes available on their platform, from shared rooms to luxury villas. With over 5.6 million listings, it has become the number 1 website to find a place to stay while abroad and as such is a great place to start. A disadvantage for Airbnb is the relatively high service fee, which usually is around 14% for the guest. Additionally, Airbnb tends to be a bit more strict when it comes to refunds, requiring you to provide evidence that you've tried to work things out with the host prior to contacting them. 

2. VRBO

VRBO is a bit more unknown and offers less accommodations than Airbnb does. However, the listings on their platform tends to have a higher concentration of high-end accommodations and are almost always entirely for yourself. Guests are charged a 6-12% service fee of the total reservation cost, which is less than Airbnb.  VRBO additionally offers great filters to make it easier for you to find what you're looking for. 

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3. Plum Guide

If you're looking for a truly fancy pancy place to stay, you'll want to use Plum Guide. Plum Guide is a relatively new player to the game and offers a curated selection of vacation homes. The platform states they only accept around 3% and they inspect all the accommodations themselves to make sure it meets their standards. This really helps the traveler as additional information is provided for the property. A downside of the website is related to this: Plum Guide focusses mainly on more premium listings and is thus not really suitable for budget travelers. Another thing worth mentioning is that the website does not offer peer reviews (reviews left by guests), as the platform is convinced these are flawed and can be manipulated. 

4.Hipcamp

On the exact opposite side of the accommodation-platform spectrum we find Hipcamp; a place to find (and share) unique outdoor stays. The website offers places to stay as basic as just a plot of land to park your RV or set up your tent. Hipcamp is an awesome alternative if you love the outdoors, especially if you love to go a bit basic. Important limitation: it looks like it is a bit harder to find a place in Europe.

5. Homestay

Homestay  in a way is what Airbnb used to be. Or was supposed to be. A platform to stay at friendly hosts all over the world. The accommodations offered on the platform always are at the hosts home, offering a genuine local experience. A downside is that the amount of accommodations is a bit more limited, certainly compared to Airbnb. 

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Important stuff: what you should include

Convince

Convince the traveler why what you have composed is just awesome to do.  

Cash

Tell the traveler how much he or she can expect to pay for the activities included in your plan

Contact

You include the links to the accommodation and other relevant contact details

to Come

Tell the traveler what the next steps are and what happens from here.

Timeline

Step 1: Traveler chooses Wizard

After you have created a Wizard profile on our platform, travelers may reach out to you for help. When someone does, we will send you an email with a booking request, which you can either accept or decline.

Tip 4: intake chat

This is the main way to really get to know the traveler and his or her wishes. During this chat you can give a summary of your findings so far and ask for feedback. Make sure that after this chat you really know how you can help the traveler. The chat usually takes around 30 minutes and is done via a platform such as Google Meet. Don't forget to discuss when the traveler can expect your itinerary.

Step 2: Traveler shares wishlist

When the traveler sends a request, we require him/her to share a bit of what they need help with (info, tickets, accommodations or activities), some details of the trip (such as date and destination) and their budget. 

Tip 5: finetune itinerary

Now it is time to make your magic happen! After the chat you now know have a clear idea of how you can help. Use your experience and creativity to find awesome activities. Don't be afraid to get off the beaten track! The best things to do aren't the one that everyone may find on Tripadvisor, but the things you know from own experience. Best stuff? Things that you arrange yourself.

Step 3: prepare for intake

You can use this info to start looking around a bit and start composing a rough outline. No need to go into too much details, but it's really helpful for you to come to the chat prepared. 

 

Tip 6: share & feedback

The last step in this awesome journey is sharing your findings and recommendations with the traveler. We are sure he or she will love it, so no need to stress. It's always really good to ask for feedback, it helps you improve and get even better! Also, if the traveler thinks something is not perfect yet, this is a good moment to help out and go that extra mile. 

Share your expertise

When creating a profile on our platform, you will be asked how you can help travelers. Some love composing activities or finding that sweet home abroad, while others are allrounders. By telling us what you love we are better able to create good matches. 

Time slots

We have reserved  certain amounts of time for different kinds of packages. For flight tickets this is 30 minutes, local transport 15 minutes, finding accommodation 30 minutes, and an activity 15 minutes. Travelers can choose multiple items, so if they'd like to stay at 3 different places, the total amount will be 90 minutes.

You decide what you'll earn per hour. Based on the packages added by the traveler, we can then calculate what you'll make. Say a traveler needs help with 2 accommodations, 2 tickets and 3 activities. The total amount of time is then: 60 min + 60 min + 45 min = 165 minutes. When you charge USD 30  p/h, you will make 85 USD in total. 

earnings

pay day

We usually pay within 2 weeks after submitting your final itinerary. Make sure you enter your banking details at your profile, as we need this info for the payout. 

Getting paid

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Hey, psst! 
Need some extra tips?

We have created a template for you to make it easier for you to help our travelers.

 

Use this template to get an idea of what you could send to the traveler. Obviously, feel free to change it any way you like and make it feel more like you :)

Just click the button below and the download will start automatically.

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