Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

A Guide to Using Airbnb for Your Travel Lodging

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

A Guide to Using Airbnb for Your Travel Lodging

Article excerpt

What is it? Airbnb was launched in 2008 and has changed the way people find travel lodgings. Instead of booking a room in a hotel, travelers can use the Airbnb website or mobile app to rent rooms and homes from Airbnb "hosts." These hosts are everyday people who have an extra room in their house or are interested in renting out their entire home. Depending on your budget and lodging preference, you can choose to reserve either a single room in a house, an entire floor of a home, or an entire home.

How is it different from staying in a hotel?

The great thing about Airbnb is it allows you to break away from the conventional hotel and stay in a place with a little more character and uniqueness. For example, you could rent a converted water tower in the middle of forested Carmel Valley, California, a luxury treehouse in Florence, Italy, a historic castle in Northern England, or a private beach villa in Brazil. But if staying in a water tower isn't your cup of tea, don't worry! There are plenty of more traditional "homey" lodgings that can be rented as well. Access to a full kitchen, additional bathrooms and bedrooms, and a laundry room are just a few of the benefits to renting through Airbnb. However, Airbnb guests do not have the luxury of room service or daily room cleaning and must commit to being fairly tidy and respectful of another person's home. If you're a rock star looking to throw a party and trash a room, maybe it's best to stick with your hotel booking.

How does it work? Using Airbnb to reserve your vacation lodging is simple. …

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