How to Use Airbnb – The SAFE Way

Do you have any anxiety using Airbnb?

Well if you are a strictly hotel/motel guy or gal give me JUST 3 MINUTES to introduce your to Airbnb and change your mind!

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As we are well aware, travel is well….  EXPENSIVE! But, there are people like me who don’t have much extra cash and still manage to travel. How you ask? Personally, I decide what I can live without, and then I let all that go! This means that while staying in a nice hotel with a pool and room service would be nice, I instead check out available Airbnb options! Airbnb costs are low, but location and quality are as high as you could want. This is an especially good option for families who require multiple rooms, as you could (potentially) rent a whole apartment or home to stay in for the duration of your trip.

 

However as you are likely aware, Airbnb has run into a few crooks. So how can you travel on a budget and stay safe? Here are some tips:

1.) Look for apartments/ homes with over 50 different, high (4.5+) ratings. These tend to be safe and reliable. As always, make sure to read ALL the comments before you book!

2.) If number 1 still leaves you concerned, consider choosing only “Super Hosts.” These are hosts who have received only 5 Star ratings. That means that EVERY single person who has stayed with them, loved their stay! Find one of these with 50+ reviews and you should be “sitting pretty!”

3.) See the type and number of certifications your prospective host(s) have! These certifications are given by Airbnb to the host, as the hosts shows documents proving that their place is actually theirs, and that they do have a right to rent it out as they see fit. So check these out, and give your mind an extra degree of satisfaction!

I’ve stayed in Airbnb in 2 different cities in France, absolutely loved my stay, and only regret not using this service sooner!! Just as an example My brother and mom stayed at one of the very nice (& reasonably priced) Marriott hotel’s in Paris. With his companies discount my brother was spending about $120/ night (a good deal for a nice hotel in Paris), however my dad and I, were staying in a private apartment we had booked through Airbnb for only $48 USD a night! As you can tell, we were saving big, and “eating big” because of it (so MANY delicious restaurants!).If you are on a budget, or just want to get a better feel for the local culture/ living, try out Airbnb!!

Have you used Airbnb before?? If so, please share your thoughts and experiences below!

Happy Travels!

 

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p.s. Paris get’s pretty cold in April (hence my face haha).

ASHLEY MILLER

SEIZE THE DAY AND LOVE YOUR LIFE

 

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6 Comments

  1. I always stick with superhosts too. You can save a few dollars by going with a non-super host, but is it really worth the risk? I guess that’s for each of us to decide 🙂

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  2. Good to know! I used Airbnb for the first time when we traveled to Macau last year and it was indeed a good deal! The place was affordable, the hosts were very helpful and the place was near the tourist spots! planning to use Airbnb again when we visit Taiwan this year and will definitely consider this pointers!

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