BECOME A SLOW STAYS HOST

Is your property… special? soulful? stylish? sustainable? a luxe escape? a rustic retreat? a remote getaway? a lush hideout? a bucolic bolthole? a total must-stay?

Apply now to join Slow Stays — the official edit of the
world’s best slow & sustainable accommodation.

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Slow Stays is a tightly curated travel directory that showcases the crème de la crème of slow & sustainable holiday rentals.

We feature everything from tiny houses to glamping tents,
woodland cabins to luxury wilderness escapes.

Though the types of accommodation vary, they’re all stylish,
beautiful and intentional in every way.

Even more importantly, they’re all united by the same underlying ethos — sustainability, soulfulness, and slow-living.

If your property is listed in Slow Stays, guests know it’s shorthand for
‘this place is special’.

That’s because we only accept properties that meet our rigorous selection criteria.

So instead of wasting hours on the major booking sites, guests know they can come to Slow Stays and find accommodation that’s guaranteed to be unique, beautiful and soulful, while also treading lightly on the planet.

Of course, it’s not just guests who love Slow Stays

Hosts love us too.

They love that we get them more — and better — bookings, by getting their property seen by the exact kind of guests who will appreciate it most.

They love that we save them time by taking ‘marketing’ and ‘social media’ off their to-do list.

Oh yeah, and they also don’t mind that we don’t charge commission!

SOUND GOOD?
WANT TO GET YOUR PROPERTY ON THE LIST?
Apply now to become a member of
Slow Stays
by Life Unhurried

Be featured alongside the world’s best slow & sustainable holiday rentals

Get noticed by the exact kind of guests you want

Build your property’s profile (without lifting a finger)

And get more bookings
…with zero commissions

More than just a directory

When you join Slow Stays, you get —

>> A done-for-you listing, crafted by experts

Our team of experienced travel experts take all the most enticing elements of your property and craft them into a compelling story that helps would-be guests connect with your listing in a meaningful way.

(This means that when readers click through to your website, they’re already primed to book with you. Heck, they’re already imagining themselves kicking back on your deck with a glass of rosé…!)

>> Regular promotion to our highly engaged audience

We get your property seen by people in the places where they’re hungry for travel inspo — on Instagram, in their inbox, and when they’re trawling our blog.

>> Exceptional exposure & potential media attention

We regularly get our members’ properties featured in the media.

So when you join Slow Stays, you too will have the chance to be included in media pitches for potential mass-market editorial promotion. (We’ll even give you tips on how to increase your chances of getting featured.)

>> High quality traffic to your chosen site or platform

We’ve sent more than 42,000 high quality leads to our members in the past year alone. (Some of our most popular properties received between 2000-3000 click-throughs to their websites!)

YOU choose where you want us to send this traffic — to your Airbnb page, your direct website, wherever you like. We’ll even send you a monthly report, so you know exactly how many leads we’re sending your way.

>> Zero commission

Because we’re a directory (not a booking site), we don’t charge commission for referrals, just a simple annual membership fee (with monthly payment option). So any extra revenue goes directly in your pocket. #winning

In good company.

Get your property featured alongside:

“Slow Stays is a consistent driver of bookings & an essential component of our marketing.

Working with the Slow Stays team has been such a positive and valuable experience for Larnook in so many ways. Their combined knowledge and experience in travel and media, together with their highly professional and targeted marketing to a client base that is the perfect fit for our luxury off-grid accommodation in the Yarra Ranges. Our listing with Slow Stays is a constant driver of interest and bookings with a consistently high level of referrals and leads to our website.

“This combined with the additional exposure we receive via Life Unhurried social media, website promotions and other PR makes Life Unhurried an essential and rewarding component of our marketing schedule.”

~ Paul Rowse, Larnook
Properties in Slow Stays get noticed:
Here’s What’s Included

Properties that meet our selection criteria enjoy:

  • A personally crafted listing in the Slow Stays directory
  • Regular highlight of your property on the Life Unhurried homepage
  • Promotion on our social media
  • Guaranteed inclusion on the Life Unhurried blog
  • Feature in our monthly email newsletters (where we can promote your available dates/deals etc)
  • Inclusion in media pitches for potential mass-market editorial promotion
  • Monthly traffic report, so you can measure your ROI
  • You choose where your booking link is directed (i.e. your website, Airbnb page, etc)
  • No commissions or referral fees, ever

Most Flexible Option

$55* /month

(Cashflow friendly)

Best Value Option

$550 /year

(Get two months free)

Prices are in AUD and incl. GST
*Minimum 12-month commitment

FAQs

What criteria do I need to meet to join the Slow Stays directory?

To be a Slow Stay, your property must meet a range of criteria, including a percentage of the following:

To be a Slow Stay, your property must meet a range of criteria, including a percentage of the following:

SUSTAINABLE

  • Off-grid (solar/water)
  • Small-scale
  • Low impact (waste management, compost)
  • Supports the local community
  • Embraces green design
  • Utilises reclaimed materials
  • Secondhand decor
  • Chemical-free
  • Regenerative practices
  • Gives back

SOULFUL

  • Unique accommodation
  • Remote/regional location
  • A place where you can disconnect
  • Focus on self-care
  • Immersion in nature
  • Boutique
  • Owner operated

If that sounds like your property, we encourage you to apply now.

What kind of travellers use Slow Stays?

Our audience is predominantly female, Australian, and aged 25-54.

They’re seeking a memorable getaway, not a bargain.

They value sustainability as much as style.

They’re eco-minded, conscious, and they appreciate the small touches.

And most importantly of all, they’re ready to book a holiday now — in other words, they’re the ideal guests for hosts who provide thoughtful, sustainably-minded accommodation 🙂

Do guests book directly through Slow Stays?

No, Slow Stays is a directory, not a booking site — we drive traffic to your chosen platform, whether that’s AirBNB, your own website, or any other booking site.

Do you charge a commission for bookings?

No. We charge a flat membership fee.

For less than the price of a takeaway each month, we drive highly qualified leads to your chosen website so that guests can book directly through you.

Most hosts make their membership fee back in their very first referral from us — making Slow Stays a membership that truly pays for itself (in fact, many times over).

What sort of exposure have you got for your members?

We’ve secured features for our members in major publications like Escape, BBC Travel, Australian Traveller, Home Beautiful, Broadsheet, Peppermint Magazine and more. We’ve even featured members in our book, Life Unhurried (coming September 2022).

I have a question!

Great! We’d love to hear from you. Shoot us an email at — hello (at) lifeunhurried (dot) com

Meet the team

We’re three friends — all in the travel and tourism industry, all passionate about sustainability, and all convinced that there has to be a better way…

READ MORE →

What if travel and ‘treading lightly’ didn’t need to be mutually exclusive?

That’s the question we kept asking ourselves.

And as three friends all working in the industry, we decided to do something about it…

Celeste Mitchell is a travel journalist, who has managed to fuse her love of travel and telling stories for 20 years, and is regularly published in Escape, Australian Traveller and Qantas magazine, among others. 

Krista Eppelstun is an in-demand travel photographer and videographer, usually on the road creating content for the likes of Tourism Australia, Tourism and Events Queensland, and Brisbane Airport.

Katie Gannon has worked in web and graphic design for corporate, tourism and government sustainability projects for over 20 years, while also running an eco indie fashion label earlier in her career.

Together, we created our lifestyle brand, Life Unhurried, followed by our world-first directory, Slow Stays — we’ve even written a book together! 

In a (locally grown) nutshell, we’re passionate about travel, we’re devoted to slow living…

… and we’re so glad and grateful that you’re here.

Here’s what our members have to say…
“Our experience with Slow Stays has been incredible.”

“Our listings all receive regular enquiries from the site. The regular communication with their audience ensures engaged promotions of available dates and special offers are seen and bookings are realised. It is a joy to be part of.

~ Ingrid Daniel, Whale Song, Sea Joy and Moonbird Beach Shack

“We couldn’t have got our property up and running without you.”

“Our experience working with the girls from Slow Stays has been awesome. We couldn’t have got Secret Cabin Society up and running without them. Their experience and expertise in the industry has helped us so much — from a YouTube clip, coming no. 17 out of the Top 100 stays in Australian Traveller magazine, to increased followers and bookings from the Slow Stays platform.

Last but not least, they’re so easy and wonderful to work with. Always full of positive, happy energy and encouragement. We feel so honoured to be part of this wonderful Slow Stays community.”

~ Cathy Fitzgerald, Secret Cabin Society

“We are proud and humbled to be in Slow Stays.”

“Having Kestrel Nest EcoHut listed in Slow Stays… means being among like company. It is a curated list of beautiful places that in different ways contribute to a better get-away experience. We are proud and also humbled to be in this stable. It is now more important than ever to be offering authentic eco-experiences that work to address climate change and the extinction crisis. It is going to become THE social licence to trade.

“Our experience working with the Slow Stays team has been seamless, friendly, and collegiate. We feel like we are working to like ends – so important in the otherwise undifferentiated market of short stay accommodation.”

~ Louise Freckelton, Kestrel Nest EcoHut

Stop being a hidden gem.
Start being seen, sought after
and booked out by your ideal guests.

We can’t wait to connect with you and learn more about your property.

With love,
Krista, Katie and Celeste
Team LU x
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