In this report, I share How I find perfect apartments traveling the world.
Why You Shouldn’t Book Month Long Stays Over the Internet
You have never been there before. But you researched service apartments on Airbnb, VRBO, Bookings, etc. You read all the reviews, you watched the Youtube videos, and you found what you think would be the perfect place for your 30-day stay.
But when you arrive the neighborhood is not what you thought it would be. The apartment is not as good as you thought it would be. The pictures are dated, the Internet is slow, the restaurants are not walkable, and the kitchen isn’t really set up for cooking.
Two days later, you find the perfect neighborhood. The restaurants are right, shopping is nearby, the streets are friendly and walkable. There is even a nice park you can run around in the morning and a subway stop around the corner. Too late, you already booked the wrong place for 30 days.
How I Find Perfect Apartments Traveling The World
Step 1. Do not book long term stays over the internet.
Step 2. Do all the same research you were doing including finding your favorite place in your price range in your favorite area.
Step 3. Book your favorite place for only 4 to 5 days, even though you want to stay in that city for a month or more. Tell the landlord you will book for another month by the end of those 4 to 5 days if it feels like a good fit for you. (Make sure the days are available) You tell them your intentions so they don’t accept any short stays in the middle of the 30 days you intend to stay there.
Step 4. Next, but hopefully, before you travel there, identify the top two or three other areas you would like to live and pick a favorite place in each such area before you go to the city.
Step 5. Email the other landlords and tell them you are considering booking their place for 30 days but you would like to stop by and see their neighborhood first. Tell them you would like to see the inside also if the unit is vacant when you arrive. (These interior inspections will help you test the internet and the interior.)
Step 6. Upon arrival in the city, use the 4-5 days to do on the ground research. On day 1, confirm your meetings with the landlords. During the first few days, see the interior of the alternate apartments and walk your favorite three areas and see which feels perfect for your 30 day (or more) stay.
Step 7. As you walk, don’t limit your search to the original set of landlords. Look for rental signs (weekly or monthly furnished) as you walk through the favorite areas. Call the landlords while you are standing in front of their units. They often live nearby and can show you their vacant unit immediately.
Step 8. After 3 or 4 days of on the ground research, you will know the right place for you. Make an all-cash offer for your 30+ day stay and hand the cash to them when they meet you at the property on your move-in date. This method will save hundreds of dollars in third-party booking fees in some parts of the world. Plus, you will have found your perfect place. However, this method will not always work as well during high season or in really desirable areas of the world.
That is How I find perfect apartments traveling the world, every time.
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