Continuing with how busy this summer has been….
Despite a very slow start on our bookings via AirBnB, once May arrived bookings started to come quick and fast. And, in fact, kept coming right through to last week.
Now all has gone quiet, but hopefully it will pick up again.
In previous years our guests have been predominantly from US and Canada, but this year visitors have been mainly from Europe, with the occasional Australian or American thrown in too.
Initially I thought that maybe Americans were not travelling because it is an election year, but having discussed it with those who did visit, it seems Americans are afraid of terrorism attacks in Europe.
Isn’t it strange how perspectives can be so diverse? From here looking on, we’d probably think going to a nightclub or a shopping mall in US could be more dangerous than visiting a city in Europe. As I say, all about perspective.
As always we have met such lovely people. Sometimes within minutes of people arriving you feel like you’ve just met an ‘old friend’. We’ve had some great evenings of chat and banter sitting around the kitchen table.
Friday night guests are usually treated to a visit to Lorrha GAA Club for the social dancing… always a great night…. sometimes a bit of a culture shock for guests.
Thank you so much to all the lovely guests who took time out of their vacation, or the busy lives when they got home to post reviews…. they are very much appreciated. This one from an Irish guest won our hearts though.
As bookings were so slow to come in via AirBnB – which has more to do with North Tipperary not being a ‘tourist destination’ than anything else – we decided to look at some of the other platforms out there. Did you know that there are so many?
We recently had our first booking via Homestay. I had forgotten that we had even registered on there back in 2013! It has taken 3 years for us to get a booking… however, it was worth the wait, again we met a lovely couple from Ballymena.
Other platforms include TripAdviser, Wimdu and Flipkey.
Have you ever used any of these platforms? Which are your favourites?
And, as always, we’d be forever grateful if you can share or recommend us to travelling family and friends.