As the COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe and countries continue to tighten their travel restrictions, the question of whether and how to travel has become more and more complicated.

The State Department raised its global advisory to a level 4, recommending United States citizens not to travel to any other country, because of the global effects of the outbreak. Flying in or out America is not possible anymore. Also, many countries in Europe and all over the world have been closing its borders as well. Travel in Europe itself is still possible in some countries.

Short Stay Citizens encourages all travellers to stay safe and follow guidelines from the CDC website. However, if you have to travel for work or family reasons, we have listed a number of important points on why professionally managed serviced apartments are the most appropriate accommodations to stay during this pandemic, instead of staying at other accommodations like Airbnb, hotels or friends.

Secured quality

Unlike your average Airbnb or other privately owned short term rentals, professionally managed serviced apartments always have higher standards. Airbnb properties are usually rooms in someone else’s apartments or even villa’s, which means it’s difficult to know what to expect. Privately owned short term rentals are usually rented by individual persons and not companies.

Airbnb is a review based system, so you are counting on the honesty of previous guests to help you make your choice. Neither Airbnb properties nor hosts are checked or regulated by staff, this is the same for privately owned apartments. Both of these choices are basically a stab in the dark. We can imagine that is the last thing you would want during these circumstances.

Privacy

Serviced apartments provide privacy. Shared accommodations don’t. Staying in shared accommodations means that there are other people, hosts,  strangers, around you. Your hygienic routine may not be the same as someone else’s. Due to the pandemic, now is not the best time to be sharing accommodations.

While you have your privacy in privately owned short term rentals, you cannot be sure in what state you will find the apartment nor if it has been thoroughly cleaned or what type of neighbourhood the accommodation is.

With professionally managed serviced apartments you can rest assured of your privacy and safe surroundings.

Accountability

Professionally managed serviced apartments and travel agencies are represented by not for profit trade associations. In the UK, for example, most, if not all, professionally managed serviced apartments are represented by the Association of Serviced Apartment Providers, also known as ASAP in this industry. In Short Stay Citizens’ case, we are represented by IATA.org and all of our professionally managed serviced apartment providers are represented by other not for profit trade associations. These trade associations are aware of COVID-19’s effect on the industry and have taken the appropriate measures to make sure that all stakeholders comply with the new regulations.  Because of these not for profit trade associations, professionally managed serviced apartments are held accountable and are expected to comply with the measures to keep travellers safe during this pandemic. 

Space

Everywhere you go now, you hear and see the words “social distancing”. Most serviced apartments are big enough for you and your partner. If you must travel with family, there are 2+ bedroom apartments available. Therefore, there is space for you to be together but still keeping a social distance. This is hard to do in hotels or Airbnb and shared accommodations.

Besides social distance, you should refrain from leaving your accommodations as much as you can. The fully equipped kitchens provided by serviced apartments enable you to do your shopping weekly, instead of going to crowded spaces and supermarkets daily. The spacious serviced apartments also have work desks or space for you to work remotely if needed.

  

Short Stay Citizens encourages everyone to stay safe and follow the guidelines provided by your local government. However, if you still must travel for work, family or other pressing matters, we encourage all travellers to make use of professionally managed serviced apartments since these are more appropriate during this pandemic. Contact us to find out why.

 

By Marc Bakker

 

Sources:

Nu.nl, March 2020

Travel.state.gov, March 2020

PSNothingham.com, 2018

Business Insider, March 2020