Airbnb for An Office? What You Need to Ask to Ensure You Stay Productive

Been to any new tourist spots outside your local area lately? If you have, chances are you’ve stayed in an Airbnb or at least considered staying in one. This hospitality giant has rapidly taken over the world, offering a more affordable and accessible alternative to travelers who wish to focus on exploring destinations with a more local feel without having to break the bank.

Since its launch in 2008, Airbnb has gained millions of hosts who have welcomed billions of guests. From couples on their honeymoon, to friends and family on vacation, and solo travelers, Airbnb helps people feel at home anywhere around the world.

In recent years, Airbnb has been prompted to further innovate their facilities due to a jump in the number of digital nomads - with over 10.9 million of them scattered across the world.  

Why are there so many people working remotely?

woman sitting and using MacBook

The pandemic has changed the way that people view work. Gone are the days where employees would be glued to their desks working an 8-5 shift trying to finish the same tasks they could easily do at home. If there’s anything this pandemic has taught us, it’s that people can be productive from just about anywhere.

In a remote working setup, people can enjoy the benefits of work flexibility and even travel to different locations whenever they choose. In an increasingly technology-driven world, it’s only a matter of time before the digital nomad lifestyle becomes accessible to most workers who still find themselves office-bound today.

If you’re considering embarking on your location-independent work journey, here are a few things that you’ll need to consider when searching for your perfect place:

Fast, reliable internet connection

While this might seem like a no-brainer, some Airbnbs actually don’t provide an internet connection. This is because some people may want to disconnect from the world of social media while they’re on vacation, or perhaps because some are outside of the coverage area, among other reasons. If you’re working remotely, then you’ll for sure want a place with a reliable internet connection.

Since this is a common request (and a necessity) for most travelers, Airbnb has created filters for the amenities and other considerations that their rentals offer. When you’re looking for your next workspace, make sure to use the filters provided, which can be accessed through the button on the top-right corner.

It may also be helpful to book a place that isn’t too far from alternative sources of good Wi-Fi, such as coffee shops or coworking spaces - just in case of power outages or any other potential issues with your Airbnb internet connection.

(Pro tip: It’s perfectly acceptable to ask your Airbnb host to conduct an internet speed test inside the rental space and upload a screenshot of the result to their profile photo gallery if they haven’t already done so.)

Minimal noise

This is important, especially for people who are part of a meeting-heavy workplace. Whether it be construction work, the sounds of traffic, or random people passing by, noise can be extremely distracting when it comes to remote work. 

It doesn’t even have to occur in meetings — noise can take away focus and affect productivity.

You can find the right Airbnb when you take the time to look up the neighborhood that you’ll be in. Are there a lot of people there? Is it accessible? Are there any local forums that could tell you if the area has a peaceful atmosphere? Is the place buzzing with locals or tourists from dusk to dawn? 

Sometimes, you can even ask the host, or simply check the reviews of previous guests. A little research can go a long way!

Good lighting

white wooden table

Did you know that good lighting can help improve productivity? A well-lit workplace can help you stay focused while you work on your tasks. 

Luckily, some Airbnbs come with badges that indicate they’re known for natural lighting! You can see these features in their photos, so make sure to also pick a place that has natural lighting if possible in case of a power outage.

Another factor to consider is that some areas might not have natural lighting, so look for those with ample and adjustable lighting instead; depending on what you feel will help you be most productive, you can tweak your searches to find places that are well-exposed to light.

Ergonomic seating

You know how people say that working from bed is a bad idea? It’s definitely true! Not only will it hurt your back, it’ll also affect your quality of sleep, overall mood, and potentially your long-term health. If you didn’t have enough reason to look for good seating, then here’s your wake-up call.

Some Airbnbs have dedicated workspaces, which are often accompanied by ergonomic seating… which you can easily find when you filter your search results. 


Fully-equipped kitchen

kitchen house area

Something most people overlook when looking for an Airbnb to work remotely is a kitchen. Seasoned digital nomads know that having a functional kitchen is important. It isn’t practical to eat out all the time, especially in cities where the cost of living might be high - and where work deadlines don’t always offer the freedom of getting out in search of a meal.

Keeping your brain fueled while working is important — so it’s even more important to have a place to cook up all the (literal) nourishment that you’ll be needing. Some Airbnbs have limited kitchen options or none at all, so it’s important to determine whether the Airbnb you’re getting has one. If kitchens aren’t your priority, then make sure to research the location beforehand to check if there are any food options near you.

Final word

Now that travel is becoming a possibility again as borders and restrictions ease, people can explore their newfound freedom without having to leave their responsibilities at home. 

Companies like Airbnb help make it possible for digital nomads to explore the world, stay productive while working remotely, and grow both personally and professionally!

If you feel like the digital nomad life might not be for you (yet), fret not: there are ways to hone your remote working skills before you embark on your next big journey. Save the plane tickets for later and master your habits at home first, right?

Author:

@Hazel Gil

Date:

12-09-2021

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