With short-term rentals momentarily on hold in several places due to the situation surrounding COVID, we've seen hosts across the globe offering more long term rentals.
I've heard of some hosts trying to plan ahead for the future of hosting in their homes which can be quite uncertain at these times. However, let's keep our heads up and look forward to the future where we can (hopefully) continue hosting guests from all around the world again.
How do you see the future of hosting in private homes? Is there anything that you have been specifically preparing for once things start to open up again?
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this.
@Dale711 Multiple properties containing dormitory shared rooms, private rooms, and communal spaces for multiple parties of guests? That is what I would call a hostel chain, not a "private home hosting" situation.
@Quincy My specifically preparing is processing and pass a Homestay license ( a short term license for home shares ) and we are lucky to pass that ontime and can join the government help promotion for domestic travel ( guest pay 60% and government support 40% ).
From my own experienced last year, Domestic guests in my country start to look for a small accommodation like a home rent or luxury camping. A lot of my guests, this is a first time they travel and didn’t stay in hotal.
My house is 3 private rooms ( 2 listings). The question guests often ask is how many other guests they may face during their stay. So I think this question will continue as long as the covid situation still and host with more than one private room will have to find a balance solution. For me, I managed space to have a private entrances, guest can still see me but keep a distance and I also block another listing when I got booked. I found that It more comfortable to all.
With the risk of covid-19 and need for social distancing, hosting a single occupancy private room in our main residence where we have shared spaces (entrance, kitchen, living room) is not something we feel can be done safely right now. Some people may be able to make changes to add a kitchenette or limit guest use of shared spaces but unfortunately our 64sqm. apartment doesn't have the space for that.
Henry and I discussed it and we think eventually we will host again, if or when international travel goes back to the way it used to be. We've always only hosted international guests (because in Korea, hosting locals is illegal) so once travel restrictions are gone we will probably ease back into hosting. Until then......we can continue to slack off a bit on cleaning and keeping the kitchen and living room tidy 😄
@Jessica-and-Henry0, I hope you will be back to hosting sooner than later, Im scheduled to get my first shot this Thursday, (I hate needles but will take this one happily). The infection and mortality Numbers here in the US are getting remarkably better on a weekly basis even as winter indoor communicable spread should be at its max right now and there isnt even flu spread. Doctors are now saying masks, social distancing and inoculations only account for a small part of the improvement, herd immunity may very well be closer to being reached than the PHD's and MD's imagined. If thats the case, the worst may have already been and we will soon see each other as our maker has imagined we should be seen, Smiling faces!!!!!! Stay well, JR
I’m surprised that I made as much moneys this year as last.
I’ve gone away for long term and enjoying the weekender. Don’t discount and their so busy trying to get as much done in a shorter period of time. Even had a few local people who been working at home need a break and relax at my space for 2 days.
@Pete69, it looks like what your saying will happen sooner than anyone ever thought possible, the numbers don't lie, only politicians lie (You know when they are lying, cause their lips are moving!!!). Bad news is big money for both media outlets and politicians!, Its bothersome to me that neither don't seem to want to report these details as positive and game changing. The Virus will be gone long before the stigma of it will leave, Covidians will be trying to keep us in bubbles for a decade for what might happen, not what is likely. Stay well, JR
Yes! Great article in the WSJ "We'll have herd immunity by April". According to the CDC there's 6 to 8 times more (than the 28.836 million officially reported) people who have had COVID-19. And so far 44.1 million have received at least 1 vaccine dose. So currently, in a lowest case scenario, that's 217 million people. At most, that's 274 million. That translates to 66% to 83.5% of the US population. Fauci says that the herd immunity threshold is between 70% and 90% -- and he exaggerates. Bottom line, by April, this virus is going to die out.
The most absurd thing is telling people to wear masks AFTER they have been vaccinated or AFTER they've had COVID. And don't even get me started on how even the CDC admits that masks don't work and how the WHO says that asymptomatic spread (the justification for wearing masks) is rare.