30th Apr 2018
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Everything you need to know about using Airbnb
Author: Ben Hocking
Tips for using Airbnb

With over 60 million users, Airbnb is an innovative and affordable new approach to booking accommodation, but how do you avoid the pitfalls and ensure a good experience?

Airbnb can be a great tool for making travel easier, more pleasant and less expensive, but not everyone has a great experience.

Here are some tips to help you make your Airbnb experience a good one.

Get specific
When you are looking for places to stay, especially in big cities, you’ll find so many results that you could spend days assessing them all. It is important to narrow down your search right from the start, so that you only get relevant results when looking for a place to stay. Narrow down the number of guests, how much space you will need (a private room or the entire place) and your budget. If you find there are not enough results in your search you can always expand it as you go along.

Review photos carefully
Pay close attention to the photos provided. If one or more of the rooms is omitted from the available photos to view, you might want to steer clear. If you are looking to host make sure all the photos you use of your house or apartment are in focus. A listing with photos from multiple angles of the living room, bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom clearly has nothing to hide.

Research the location
One person’s short walk to the shops is another’s car trip. Use Google Maps and find out exactly where the property is located and how long it will take you to get to the nearby attractions you plan on visiting during your stay.

Sweat the small stuff
Each Airbnb property listing has a detailed listing of what is included in the apartment, a brief description, the location, and the user reviews. A detailed description – maybe even with recommendations for things to do or see in the neighbourhood – shows that the owner is attentive. If you are hosting, try and be as informative as you can in the description. If you are renting, look for an owner who does the same.

Reviews are rarely wrong
This is probably the most important part of ensuring you have a good experience when using Airbnb. The owner of a property will be quick to highlight all the positives about the property, but the only real gauge of how pleasant your stay will be can be found in the reviews of people who have already stayed there. All the tiny details you can’t pick up from the photos like poor water pressure, slow internet connection or odd smells will be contained in the reviews. Once you have completed your trip, make sure you provide an honest review as well. This is what makes the system work so well.

Have you ever used Airbnb? How would you rate the experience? Do you have any tips for fellow travellers?

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    jennyb
    30th Apr 2018
    10:35am
    I'm fairly new to AirBNB - joined up 6 months ago -but didn't have Kaye's experience - was NOT required to provide drivers license and transactions all made through PayPal rather than having to provide credit card details. Have only used AirBNB twice (great experiences both times) and have 2 more bookings in store. Agree fully about check and double-check the reviews - you will soon get an idea of the REAL situation. Also I prefer to be completely self-contained (studio apt, granny flat or similar) rather than a room in a house, but that's just me. No complaints to date.
    les.61
    30th Apr 2018
    12:25pm
    Just beware of the reviews as I have read that they only get published if both the renter and landlord do reviews so if there is a bad review it may not get published. It explains why the majority of places have no bad reviews. Have seen an occasional one but no where near the percentage as say tripadvisor.
    Eddy
    30th Apr 2018
    9:00pm
    I have the perfect solution to pitfalls with AirBnB (and Uber), I avoid them like the plague. Without enforceable standards or regulation I do not like the risks involved.


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