Airbnb Hosting Fatigue: When Too Much Fun needs a Break.

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“I just want to walk around our place naked sometimes…” – some special lady I may live with.

Indeed the lines between fun, money, space and privacy can blur at times across the Airbnb Hosting experience. My girl and I have been hosting for coming up to a year so whilst still young whipper snappers compared some truely veteran Hosts, we’ve both ran the full range of emotions  and feel we can, at the best, discuss with a little authority a topic that hit’s home every now and then, namely Hosting Fatigue.

Hosting Fatigue is the mental state where you either as an individual or a couple think… bugger it, let’s block out a few weeks and take a break from being a busy BnB.  It is important to frame our thoughts on Hosting Fatigue, namely we’re an Airbnb Hosting couple who share our space with our Guests.

Our point of view comes strictly from a Shared Listing perspective, we’ve met Hosts from across Melbourne at our Groups Meetups who rent their entire places out and whilst we have a huge amount of common ground I suspect we’d both define Hosting Fatigue differently given our objectives and interaction with our Guests differ a tidy amount.

We also get pretty involved with our Guests and really enjoy sharing our city, all kinds of drinks, occasional bad dancing and lots of fun moments. We really do have a great time with our Guests and the added bonus of hip pocket relief cannot be discounted. All that said, we’ve come up with a few thoughts for fellow Airbnb Hosts to avoid Hosting Fatigue:

  • Don’t Overstretch – Guests coming in, partying, playing and having a great time with you… Ace! Except you’ll need to get up for work in the morning. We live in St Kilda, Melbourne, AU a pretty fun part of the world so we do our best to temper our impulses to join our Guests out for dinner and drinks every other night. Do your best not to stretch the brain function and real world responsibilities too thin.
  • Never back to back Guests – Supremely important to your mental state, at all costs avoid taking back to back bookings. B2B bookings are the surest way for you to head down the fatigue path thanks largely to an ever revolving need to micromanage your home. Furthermore, B2B bookings add undue pressure to 2 different bookings with you as the Host sandwich.
  • Embrace living in Temporary Squalor – Take a break. Pretty sure most of us book a week or three off as needed and it’s the best way to refresh and get your BnB game back on track. In our experience these few weeks off involve a significant increase in general untidiness.. don’t let it get too out of hand but don’t sweat it too much.
  • Enslave your Guests – More a theory than anything we’ve put in practice to date but to me, it seems like the ultimate solution to Host Fatigue! Find your favourite Guests and lock them in, we have a perfectly good storage cage downstairs, quite dry and perfect for a potential BnB slave. You can still rent your place out whilst not having to worry about any of the cleaning, cooking or entertaining! 😉

Hosting Fatigue, not a killer by any means but definitely a quirk of the BnB Hosting reality we hadn’t expected or experienced. What do you do to avoid Hosting Fatigue? Do Hosts who let out entire listings feel similar or find things a little different? Keen to hear from you all.

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  1. Alia

    Hi Paul. I’m reading your blog with confusion and upset, and propose you write an article on how airbnb does NOT protect. Last week we rented our whole flat to guests on airbnb. We came back home to find that the Airbnb guests who were using our home had left it in a terrible state. We found blood on the guest bathroom floor, our food cabinets had been rampaged, our toiletries (which we had put away) were used, our daughter’s cupboard had been gone through and her clothes strewn all over the bed, our furniture re-arranged and left there…and a thank you email from the guest as if nothing had happened. All this, we were willing to overlook, and take as a lesson to be learnt in choosing our future guests. But when we found that the window latch in the kitchen had been broken, and my husband’s bike was missing, this took the experience to a whole other level. We called the guest, and have tried to resolve it with him over the phone and via Airbnb messenger to no avail. All they are willing to give us is 80 euros which does not even come close to covering the cost of the broken window and missing bike. To make matters worse, they deny having anything to do with the missing bike.

    But what is most surprising of all at this stage, is that it took Airbnb A WEEK to get back to me, although I had called them the next day and listed the case as URGENT. Granted, we have only been on Airbnb for less than a year, but in this year we have been model hosts and have only had the most positive reviews from those who have stayed with us. We have gone out of our way to ensure the comfort of our guests, and with pleasure. To have our home treated in this way, and then to receive no response from AIRBNB until today, only adds to bitterness. I have to say I’m rather alarmed by the lack of response, indeed, the outright neglect, of our troubles.

    We are seriously reconsidering our involvement with Airbnb, and are currently looking into other safer options to rent out our flat while we are away.

    Just a few words of wisdom from an ex-Airbnb user.


  2. William

    Hey Paul,

    Nice article haha.

    I also host guests in the spare room of my house and have at times felt some host fatigue. I was also surprised at the amount of effort required to clean and manage the house… so surprised that I’ve now started a business aimed at alleviating the most difficult and painful parts of hosting. is Australia’s first housekeeping solution for hosts… we provide housekeeping, linen and toiletries services to allow hosts to automate their turnover.

    My own experience has been super positive. I now outsource the hard parts such as cleaning the house and washing linen and focus on the fun stuff such as having dinner with guests.

    Hopefully we’ll be in Melbourne soon. Looking forward to relieving some of the pain points for you.

    Nice blog.


  3. gary hitchin

    I agree that shared hosting isn’t for everyone – I personally wouldn’t be able to do it but many people love it and it can certainly make you a nice bit of extra income. We run a website in London which manages properties so if you wanted to rent out a room you don’t have to meet the guests at all we can hand over the keys and do the guest communication which is ideal for people who don’t want to have to meet the guests personally

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