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Airbnb: Should You Be Using It?

When you go on vacation, one of the first things you have to plan is your accommodation. You have plenty of options including hotels, motels, and hostels.

But a relatively new option when it comes to accommodations is Airbnb. Airbnb was started in 2008 and has quickly become a fresh idea that many are considering.

 

So what exactly is Airbnb?

AirBnb is basically a site that allows you to rent a space in the home of a local as an alternate to the customary hotel or motel option. Locals will list an extra room that they have available, and you can find rooms in your destination city. Each listing may feature a different variety of amenities as well as prices. 

You can examine the features, photos, price and the host’s reviews to find a space that best fits your needs.

 

So why would you choose Airbnb rather than a more standard option like a hotel?

First of all, AirBnb is generally considerably cheaper than booking a hotel with comparable features. Many AirBnb hosts also offer discounts if you book on a weekly or monthly basis.

Booking with Airbnb also gives you a local experience that you simply can not get with a hotel. You get the chance to mingle with people from your destination city that can give you insider tips on the best places to go and things to do if you are looking for things that are less touristy. You also get the opportunity to meet new friends from all around the world!

 

Is it safe?

This will obviously be your biggest reason for being a bit hesitant about using this new service.  You are concerned about your personal safety as well as whether your money is safe when making transactions on this site.

First of all, it is difficult to make a broad statement concerning safety since each host offers a different sort of accommodation. The best way to ensure a safe trip is to only book with hosts who have gained many positive reviews. If hundreds of others have stayed with them and had a pleasant experience, then there's a good chance you will as well.  You can also check what safety features the host offers. Is there a lock on the door? Security alarm?

You can also rest assure that your payment is being well taken care of. This is because all payments are handled by Airbnb. Transactions are not done between you and the host, Airbnb handles everything. The host does not get paid until 24 hours after you check in, so if there is a problem, you have time to report it. You can either pay with a card or Paypal, so if an issue does arise you also have the option to dispute it with your payment provider.

If you have always used hotels and have always had a phenomenal experience, then great! But if you are in search of new experiences and interested in meeting new people, then why not give Airbnb a try? You could make new friends and have some unique, local experiences you will cherish forever.

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