Airbnb.com: Cheaper and better option than staying in a hotel

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    Sep 29, 2012 4:26 PM GMT
    Has anyone had any experience using airbnb? It is a website where you can list a spare room, apartment, couch for a price of your choosing. I've used it quite a bit to travel, I stayed in manhattan for 70 dollars per night which was pretty cool and I've made some decent cash renting out a spare room in my apartment in Chicago.

    It seems like it could make it so much more affordable to travel and for those in desirable areas to make a little bit of extra cash.
  • DCEric

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    Sep 29, 2012 7:03 PM GMT
    It seems like that might be risky given that it isn't a commercial venue. When you pay for something in the United States at a commercial venture, you sign a contract. By staying with an individual you have no such protections or guarantees. I'm sure it's cheaper, but you may get less than you pay for.
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    Sep 29, 2012 11:36 PM GMT
    What about www.CouchSurfing.com ?
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    Sep 29, 2012 11:40 PM GMT
    My place is almost always open for traveling overnight guests, but I'm not gonna advertise it on a website geared for that sort of thing. I'd rather it remain an internal invitation so I can pick and choose who stays, and get to know them some online before inviting them.
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    Sep 29, 2012 11:44 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidMy place is almost always open for traveling overnight guests, but I'm not gonna advertise it on a website geared for that sort of thing. I'd rather it remain an internal invitation so I can pick and choose who stays, and get to know them some online before inviting them.

    You mean a hook up?icon_twisted.gif
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    Sep 29, 2012 11:57 PM GMT
    I signed up for both AIR BnB and COUCHSURFING last week as I was planning a lot of trips, but then quickly closed my accounts and decided I was better off just sifting through hotels or B&Bs. The glossy ad they have of someone sitting by a pool interacting with hosts in exotic locations is completely removed from reality. People took ages to respond and then there were all sorts of misunderstandings (oh, it is advertised as being free that weekend, but you have to take it for 4 days because I am going away on Thursday, so won't be there on Saturday to let you in....). Take my advice and just stick to sifting through the locations on TripAdvisor, because although anyone can write a review, I find most of them are honest. Do your own research and you can find much better in an establishment. Anyway, most of the AIR BnB places I looked into were MORE EXPENSIVE than an hotel - and you usually had to share a bathroom with the host, always a mistake, because I once worked in a hospital and I AM A STICKLER FOR CLEANLINESS!!! So my conclusions are that Air BnB sucks and Couchsurfing sounds like my idea of hell, the sort of site that attracts people who love to post on Farcebook (and I suspect it is largely a hook-up site for straights).
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    Sep 30, 2012 12:43 AM GMT
    Iceblink said
    paulflexes saidMy place is almost always open for traveling overnight guests, but I'm not gonna advertise it on a website geared for that sort of thing. I'd rather it remain an internal invitation so I can pick and choose who stays, and get to know them some online before inviting them.

    You mean a hook up?icon_twisted.gif
    Nope. Hookups require no effort in SoFla. No need to go through the trouble of creating stupid profiles everywhere. icon_wink.gif
  • ohioguy12

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    Sep 30, 2012 12:45 AM GMT
    I think a hostel or couchsurfing.org is usually better
  • amidon7

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    Sep 30, 2012 12:52 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidCouchsurfing.com is also for people who expect you to interact with them when you get to their place and stay as a guest. This could potentially spell disaster as well. I don't want to be someone's guest and then be obligated to hang out with them and go do things with them.

    I'm a very independent traveler. I'm not looking to latch onto a stranger in a new environment and have them latch onto me.


    My partner and I have hosted many people through Couchsurfing. Most of them were very independent and didn't expect us to entertain them. They usually spent the night at ours and spent the day times exploring the city and surrounds. As far as I'm aware, there is no obligation to entertain your guests or hosts. There was usually some interaction over meals (they either joined us for dinner or cooked something for us), but none of it was forced or awkward and there was no obligation to interact. Just my $0.02
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    Sep 30, 2012 1:38 AM GMT
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    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidCouchsurfing.com is also for people who expect you to interact with them when you get to their place and stay as a guest. This could potentially spell disaster as well. I don't want to be someone's guest and then be obligated to hang out with them and go do things with them.

    I'm a very independent traveler. I'm not looking to latch onto a stranger in a new environment and have them latch onto me.


    My partner and I have hosted many people through Couchsurfing. Most of them were very independent and didn't expect us to entertain them. They usually spent the night at ours and spent the day times exploring the city and surrounds. As far as I'm aware, there is no obligation to entertain your guests or hosts. There was usually some interaction over meals (they either joined us for dinner or cooked something for us), but none of it was forced or awkward and there was no obligation to interact. Just my $0.02
    That's what I heard about couchsurfing...it's a hit or miss. Some are great hosts, and some suck. It boils down more to intuition than anything else. If I were traveling through your area (especially with the company) I'd definitely hit you up for a night or three. icon_wink.gif
  • amidon7

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    Sep 30, 2012 2:13 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    amidon7 said
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidCouchsurfing.com is also for people who expect you to interact with them when you get to their place and stay as a guest. This could potentially spell disaster as well. I don't want to be someone's guest and then be obligated to hang out with them and go do things with them.

    I'm a very independent traveler. I'm not looking to latch onto a stranger in a new environment and have them latch onto me.


    My partner and I have hosted many people through Couchsurfing. Most of them were very independent and didn't expect us to entertain them. They usually spent the night at ours and spent the day times exploring the city and surrounds. As far as I'm aware, there is no obligation to entertain your guests or hosts. There was usually some interaction over meals (they either joined us for dinner or cooked something for us), but none of it was forced or awkward and there was no obligation to interact. Just my $0.02
    That's what I heard about couchsurfing...it's a hit or miss. Some are great hosts, and some suck. It boils down more to intuition than anything else. If I were traveling through your area (especially with the company) I'd definitely hit you up for a night or three. icon_wink.gif


    No probs icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 30, 2012 3:12 PM GMT
    I've honestly had a fantastic experience with hosting and traveling abroad. I go into Manhattan to have my clarinets worked on and using airbnb really make's the trip much more affordable for me. Luckily you can review the hell out of people.

    As far as hosting, I haven't had any sort of damage. I know a few other of my friends are constantly having guests stay with them and haven't had any issues. I hope it stays this way.

    For me though, it has completely changed the way I traveled and I've been able to make some cash after a somewhat costly breakup.