Airbnb is short for Air Bed and Breakfast. Airbnb is a service that allows users to rent their rooms, homes, apartments, and timeshares to other users via the Airbnb website or mobile app. Airbnb does not own any of the properties that are listed for lodging but acts as a middleman between the property holders, also known as hosts, and the renters, also known as guests.
To build trust between the guests and hosts, Airbnb allows guests to review their lodging experience within 14 days after staying at a host’s property. Not only does Airbnb allow guests to review hosts but hosts are allowed to leave reviews for their guests. This ensures that hosts can vet guests lodging history and avoid hosting unruly and untrustworthy guests.
Not only does Airbnb allow for access for lodging, but it also allows users to sell experiences to other users. This includes anything from private tours, cooking classes, hiking treks and much more.
The pricing for experiences is dependent on the type of experience provided and the area it is provided in. Some experiences can cost as low as $20 for a guided hike, while other experiences can cost well over $100 for a tour of an area in a plane.
Airbnb also has a restaurants section on their app and website that allows hosts to recommend local restaurants and bars. Hosts frequently leave advice on what they recommend to order and which times are best to visit the restaurants and bars they recommend.
How Does It Work?
The first thing you will have to do is make an account on Airbnb. You can either do this on their website or mobile app. Their app is available in the App Store for iPhone or on Google Play for Android. You can sign up for Airbnb through a Facebook account, Gmail account or with an email address.
After signing up you will be expected to verify your email address and upload a photo of a government-issued ID to confirm your identity. This is done so that no fraud accounts are created and to hold hosts and guests accountable. You will need to add a payment method, this can either be a credit/debit card or PayPal account.
Once you’ve created your profile you are now free to browse all of Airbnb’s listings!
Booking A Trip
While browsing, you can click the heart in the upper right corner of the listing to add it to a saved list. This can be extremely useful if you travel to certain destinations multiple times and wish to book a stay in the same lodging again.
Each listing will have booking specifications included in its profile. These specifications will detail how many guests can stay, how many bedroom and beds are provided and how many bathrooms are provided.
Scroll down a bit further and amenities will be listed. Make sure to review amenities before booking to ensure you get lodging with the services you expect and need.
Once you make a booking you will have to wait for the host to approve the booking, we recommend making your booking at least a week in advance to ensure you’re getting the booking you want before your trip starts.
When booking a room you’ll notice a price listed near the booking. That price isn’t the final cost. As you see in the picture above, the cost of the room is $130 a night, but there are extra fees. The final cost of the booking ends up costing $191, $61 extra on top of the initial booking price.
These extra fees include a cleaning fee, a service fee that goes to Airbnb and taxes that are dependent on the local area of the lodging. Pay close attention to these extra fees before booking.
Airbnb is an excellent service, extremely convenient and great for avoiding costly hotels. Airbnb is also perfect for those looking for help paying their rent. Regardless of who you are or your travel plans, Airbnb can help you plan your trip smoother.
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