When you’re traveling or staying somewhere new, finding a safe place to stay can be nerve-wracking. That’s why so many travelers have turned to sites like Airbnb as a way to feel more secure when renting a room or an entire home. But is Airbnb safe? Are there any hidden dangers you need to know about? The answer isn’t as simple as you might think. It depends on the situation, your specific location, and other variables that could impact your safety in different ways. In this post, we’ll cover everything you need to know about the safety of Airbnb and how you can stay safe if choosing this service for your next trip.
Are Airbnb Safe?
Well, it really depends on your circumstances. If you’re traveling alone and staying in an unfamiliar city, I would probably not recommend using Airbnb as a solo woman. I’ve used the service both as a single traveler and with a large group of friends and have never felt completely safe or comfortable.
Why Are Airbnb Safe?
1. Airbnb Reviews
All Airbnb hosts and guests can leave reviews for each other. This is a good place to start when you’re doing research on a potential host or guest. Check out their profile, read the reviews, and if you have any questions, feel free to message them directly.
2. No Payment
Airbnb has very secure payment methods (as do all sites these days). You don’t pay your host until you actually arrive at their place and are ready to check-in. This is one of the best features of this home-sharing site: it’s completely safe.
3. Airbnb Host Guarantee
If something goes wrong with your reservation (and as long as your reservation was made within the last 12 months), Airbnb will reimburse you up to $1,000 per person if something goes wrong with your reservation or if there’s damage to the property or if someone gets hurt in an incident.
4. Local Government Agencies Support Airbnb
Some cities have taken a stance against Airbnb, but many others have embraced the service and supported it. For example, in New Orleans, a city known for its large number of annual visitors, the mayor has worked with Airbnb to create an official “Airbnb Partner” program. The program is designed to help hosts adhere to local laws and regulations. In San Francisco, city officials have estimated that about half of all Airbnb guests are tourists who would not be in town if they couldn’t afford to stay in an Airbnb. have embraced it as a great way to make a little extra money, attract tourists, and help out the local economy.
5. Airbnb is Everywhere
If you’re booking a place through Airbnb, you’re almost always going to be staying in someone’s home or apartment. They may not be as high-scale as a hotel but they will certainly be cleaner and safer than any hostel or cheap motel you’ll find.
6. Airbnb Hosts are Just Like You
Airbnb hosts are regular people who need an extra source of income to pay the bills and keep their homes. You can be sure that the people you stay with will treat you with respect and kindness because they want your repeat business!
7. You Can Message Your Host Anytime Day or Night
We all know what happens when we travel: no matter how well-prepared we think we are, something always goes wrong! If something does happen while you’re staying with an Airbnb host, cities have embraced Airbnb as a way to bring in more tourism and to help local residents make extra money.
How Does Airbnb Work?
Create a free Airbnb account
The first thing you need to do is create a free Airbnb account. Once you have an account, you can start creating ads for your listing. You can set up your account by going to Airbnb.com and clicking on “Sign Up” in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Your account will need to be verified by phone and you will also need to provide your payment information. There are also ways to earn money with Airbnb without hosting guests at your home, such as by renting out your car.
Decide on an appropriate price for your space
One of the first decisions you will need to make is how much to charge for each night your space is rented. You can set the price based on the location of the property, the amenities it offers, and the number of people it can accommodate. Because Airbnb is a relatively new platform, there is limited data that can help you decide on an appropriate price. You can use third-party websites that collect data from Airbnb to help you make this decision. Another way to approach pricing is by setting a price that is just below market value. This will help ensure a high occupancy rate for your space, which will lead to increased profitability.
Host your first Airbnb guest
The next step is to host your first Airbnb guest. You will want to create an attractive listing that will appeal to the types of people you want to stay in your space. You can use pictures and descriptions to highlight the guest room or rooms in your home, as well as any other amenities your space offers. You will also want to respond promptly to inquiries from potential guests, as the high demand for Airbnb accommodations means that your listing will soon be viewed by a large number of people.
Determine how much money you’ll make
While there are many variables that can impact the profitability of hosting on Airbnb, the average host can expect to bring in $9,300 per year. If you decide to hosting, you will need to decide whether or not it is worth your time and energy. In addition to the income you make from hosting, you will also have to take into account the cost of any repairs that your tenants may need. To determine if hosting is right for you, create a spreadsheet that lists all your expenses and revenue sources. This will help you evaluate the financial feasibility of hosting on Airbnb.
Decide whether or not to continue hosting
Even if you do decide that Airbnb hosting is a good fit for you, you will still want to regularly evaluate your situation to ensure that you are happy with your decision. You can do this by creating a new spreadsheet or reviewing your existing one from time to time. If your numbers indicate that hosting is no longer worth your time, you can always choose to stop hosting. A good rule of thumb is to stop hosting when the cost of repairs and maintenance outweighs the amount of money you are bringing in each month.
How Is Airbnb Different From A Normal Hotel?
1. There is a sense of community
Airbnb hosts are generally people who have an extra room in their house, or maybe even an entire apartment that they are renting out. In many cases, the host will live on the same property as their guest and they will often interact with each other. This gives a feeling of being a part of a community rather than just staying at yet-another-hotel.
2. It’s cheaper
AirBnB rooms are often quite affordable compared to hotels, especially for longer-term stays. This is because AirBnBs tend to be located in more residential areas where there is less demand for hotel rooms and the owners can charge less for their rooms. Also, AirBnBs provide much more value for money because you get to live like a local in real neighborhoods rather than just staying at some anonymous hotel somewhere far away from where you want to be (and paying for transportation).
3. There is more space
Hotels are generally small and cramped, often with very little space for your luggage. AirBnBs on the other hand are much more spacious and often have enough space for your luggage. In many cases, you even get to use the kitchen!
4. You feel like a local
AirBnBs are generally located in local neighborhoods and you get to experience what it is like to live like a local in that area. With AirBnBs, you can find out where the best restaurants, bars, coffee shops, etc are in your chosen neighborhood rather than just staying at some hotel that is far away from everything you want to do.
5. It’s more private
Hotels tend to be crowded with people coming and going all the time making it difficult to feel comfortable and private. AirBnBs on the other hand usually has fewer guests staying there at one time (usually just 1 or 2) making it more personal and private. Also, unlike hotels, AirBnBs are usually located in residential areas where there is less traffic and noise making the stay more relaxing.
Airbnb is a great way to travel and explore new places. This can be especially helpful if you’re traveling on a budget or if you have a larger group and want to split the cost between more people. Just keep in mind that you may not have the same guarantees of safety as you would at a hotel. When choosing a listing, keep these safety tips in mind. You can also find more information about safety at AirBnB on their website.