With temperatures soaring and Memorial Day fast approaching, it’s officially time to start planning your next getaway—and thanks to Airbnb’s latest update, its most wide-ranging change in years, finding a unique place to stay just got so much simpler.
This week, Airbnb announced three major additions to its home-booking platform. “First, people are more flexible about where they live and work, so we’ve designed a new way to search with Airbnb Categories,” Brian Chesky, CEO and cofounder of Airbnb, said in a statement. “Second, people are taking longer trips, so we created Split Stays to give you more options by splitting your trip between two homes. And third, we’re introducing AirCover for guests, giving you the confidence to book knowing that Airbnb’s got your back.”
Airbnb Categories organizes homes into 56 searchable groups based on rental style, location, or proximity to a travel activity or adventure—you no longer have to search stays by date or location. (Categories include camping, castles, A-frames, and one called OMG!, which includes only-in-your-dreams type listings like this Gaudí-esque Austin home and this Portuguese windmill.) Whether you want a surfing-friendly stay or the perfect backdrop for Instagram, you’ll find it there.
Split Stays, meanwhile, allow guests to divide their trips between two homes—an especially helpful feature for longer stays. Until this week, only Airbnbs that would be available for your entire stay would appear in searches; now, you can choose between more homes that are only available for part of that time. Finally, AirCover for guests offers newly expanded protection for every traveler, including beefed-up booking protection and a 24-hour safety line.
Together, these changes (which took effect this week) make Airbnb better than ever, and you can take advantage of them right now, just in time for warmer weather. The first travel-friendly summer in years is upon us—so pack your carry-on and book a few of our favorite stays below.