One of the top reasons people choose the consulting lifestyle is for the travel. In fact, one of my colleagues ended up working for our company by simply typing “jobs that travel” into Google. However, one of the disadvantages to traveling for work is living out of a hotel room. Sure the points are good but how many single serving soaps can you deal with over the course of a year?
Enter Airbnb for Business. Airbnb has now extended their offerings to accommodate business travelers. If you’re tired of the same old hotel spaces try renting out someone’s apartment, room or house. It may be a little farther from the client site, but if you’re in this for the experiences than it is a great chance to see how people live in your assigned city. Moreover, you can find some really cool places to stay and find yourself in a more relaxed, homey environment.
Airbnb for Business now links to your company’s expense software, provides itinerary updates and guarantees that each listing is outfitted with internet, a work space and other amenities so that you can stay productive even in an interesting location. I’ve also found that staying in the same locations over time builds a relationship with the Airbnb host and they can be more flexible and accommodate more unique requirements. Not to mention, an Airbnb can be substantially cheaper than equivalent hotel stays. This is a great negotiating point if you have to go through a different department when booking or seeking reimbursements.
Given the choice, I’d check out a downtown apartment over last week’s Marriott, anytime.