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What started as an idea to make extra money on the side by letting people sleep in their living room on an air mattress, has now become one of the most visited websites to search and look for affordable accommodation. It allows many people, across 200 countries, in over 10,000 cities worldwide to offer their real estate as a temporary arrangement and generate profit beating hotels and hostels due to their price. What is Airbnb? What does it offer? What can tourists expect? These are some of the most frequently asked questions, and we gave ourselves the freedom to answer each one and help you find out everything you need to know.
The whole process of setting up your account will probably take you about ten minutes, and after that, you simply wait. How fast you can expect your first guests depends largely on the location, nearby avenues, time of year, and price. For tourists who are looking to rent, the process is similar: set the date, pick the location, customize your request using the available filters, and simply enjoy your well-deserved vacation.
According to a recent survey, the practical advantages and benefits of Airbnb have made it so tempting to travelers from all over the world evidenced by the great reviews and excellent grades. Tourists often go for Airbnb due to the affordable price, amazing location, and good condition of the accommodation. Moreover, Compare the Market researched the holiday hotspots of the world, offering great insight into where there are potential Airbnb opportunities for homeowners in the area. Though many think of such tourists as being “backpackers”, this is far from the truth as most people are often families in need of space, in which case renting a whole house is simply a far better and more affordable option, or in need of a place to sleep for a couple of nights.
The advantage for the homeowners is generating an extra profit by simply renting their living space to travelers looking for a place to sleep, while the company offers them protection in terms of security and payment. Tourists are not looking exclusively at the price but rather what comes with it in terms of utilities. For example, some places come with a kitchen reducing the cost of the vacation as you can prepare your meal. It also comes at a lower price compared to hotels and hostels, making it perfect for when you and a group of friends are planning to go on a vacation together. Tourists have also reported how they are mostly looking for an authentic experience, and are hoping to get exactly that by renting a place using Airbnb.
The phenomenon of Airbnb essentially promotes the country’s tourism and attracts people from around the world, boosting the economy. It is especially needed in countries often overlooked by tourists due to a lack of hotels and proper accommodation.
Tourists are mostly looking for an authentic experience, therefore one tip is to add a little story as a background to your home, making it more appealing to visitors. Include excellent photos and all the angles of the accommodation. Promote yourself through social media, flyers, and street ads.
We hope you’ll be able to welcome your first visitors soon and have a good experience, and we are hoping the same for the guests as well.