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    • Preparing for our “camping for business” trip we need to get some dental work done.

      So off to Mexico and a motel. Dog goes in the kennel. Then I got to poking around and thinking why not Airbnb? A few places into my search I find a place that loves animals a guest suite at a nice ladies home with great reviews. $80 a night. Hell!

      It’s not going to work on this trip but any further trips to the dentist I’m going to consider it. Then I’m thinking about the camping trip every several days we are going to need a motel. Stinky! 😇

      Have any of you folks used Airbnb? Any experience with having a very short notice of maybe a few hours notice and booking successfully? We will have no idea day to day where we will be staying that night.

      Any thoughts you might share will be appreciated.

    • I love Airbnb and have booked many accommodations all over US over the years. In fact, when I went on a Euro Trip a few years ago we had booked the places in Paris, Rome, Venice, Barcelona and few other cities all through Airbnb.

      Staying in someone’s apartment or home gives you a totally different perspective on the community and sometimes you’ll even make new friends along the way.

      Never had any issues with a host or reservations. So I’m definitely a happy customer.

    • That is really cool. I’m going to incorporate it into our plan. This trip is shaping up!

      I can see the benifits in addition to what you listed. Having our own food on board to save money eating out and possibly having a kitchen to prepare it. Most of the places list coffee and snacks. Many of the reviews talk about how nice the hosts are and the super hosts must be awesome. lol But our dog....we will see.


    • I just assumed that he went to Mexico for dental work because it’s close and probably cheaper!

      Also about Airbnb I’m far from an expert but I stayed in one in New Orleans that was amazing! And my wife had a really good experience in one in Chicago! I think it should definitely be part of your travel plans! Most places it’s cheaper than a decent hotel and it’s also is usually a full apartment with living space etc not just one room although I’m sure some just rent out a room in their house!

    • Way cheaper. They started out here locally with the sky is falling and you need 12k worth of work done. At the high end place in Mexico it moved to $1200 bucks. At the low end place in Mexico we ended up with $525. Ironically the low end was refered by some friends.

      I’m looking forward to trying Airbnb on our business trip.

    • Not to be a debbie-downer....but, I am not really a fan of 1st experience was in Manhattan and it was a nightmare but AirBnb went out of their way to make it right. I did one in Sedona...ok...and, one in San Jose, Costa Rica....ok.....I guess when I am traveling I now realize I do not necessary want to act like I am staying in someone's home. I just like throwing all the towels on the floor and messy sinks, etc. Potentially, it is a cost-savings alternative but, personally, that would be a last resort for me. When I stayed in Cancun, I found a time share condo that was not AirBnb, had maid service and it was less expensive than most AirBnb.

    • I have used Airbnb a few times. It takes a lot longer to plan than booking a hotel room, but it offers other perks (price, “hominess,” etc). It has become so popular now that there are scammers who have learned how to manipulate it to their advantage, so one has to be diligent. (i.e. prop mngrs listing the same prop on several different services and overbooking, then canceling everything except the best booking at the last minute, leaving some travelers high and dry.)

      The picture you posted is also kind of appropriate—some Airbnbs are very remote, so it’s important to independently verify location and ease of access before booking.

    • We've used AirB'N'B's all over the world and never had a bad experience. Have had several incredibly awesome stays, one or two that were just ok, one as bad as a cheap motel, lol! Of course you need to use diligence in finding what you want, reading the reviews, communicating with the owner, etc.. Not sure you will have much luck finding something spontaneously; we have always booked many weeks in advance, though i suppose it depends on the popularity of where you are going, the particular rental etc..

    • Thanks, we will have to see how it adapts to our needs. The input is much appreciated. I can really see the benefit. Especially in some cases a kitchen.

      We’ll have to see how the last minute thing works.

    • I’ve done that twice (in NO,LA and in NC) The owners usually feel the same way, so in both these instances, the guest rooms had separate entrances.

    • We have met only very cool people sharing houses or apartments through AirBn'B. I think it's a great way to meet interesting people, make connections in other places, and the hosts often have great advice about their locales. If the reviews are good, i would not hesitate to get a room in a house/apartment. I do realize this may be more of a concern for women travelling alone (though my wife and both teen-age daughters have travelled all over the world alone and at times either couch surfed or shared homes/apartments with not a single bad experience). IMO a college dorm or local motel in the USA is often less safe than staying almost anywhere else.

    • I’ve been on both sides of the table for Airbnb. I’ve been a renter and rented to probably 50+ guests.

      My advice:

      1. Use both Vrbo / homeaway and Airbnb. Sometimes you can find the same home on home away or vrbo with less fees. More room to negotiate.

      2. Make sure the location and host have 5+ reviews. Don’t be the first 🤷‍♀️

      3. If you fall in love with a place. Reach out but don’t book right away. Take another look at the pictures with a critical eye a day later. It’s like a dating profile. It’s the best version of the House youre seeing. Sometimes not totally accurate.

      4. If you’re staying 5 nights or more... negotiate! A little.

      5. If it’s too good to be true... you know how this goes.

    • Thank you. Ours will be spur of the moment so we will see how it goes. Excited to meet some new folks and experience a new way of lodging.

    • I've used Airbnb many times. Generally only rent entire unit - an apartment or studio - rather than a room in someone's home. That just seems a little creepy to me. Most of the time, the units appear to be specifically set up as rentals; once in London I got the feeling that the guy moved out of his flat when it was being rented out - not quite as "spic and span" as your typical rental property. But for the most part, I've been as happy with my experience on Airbnb as with VRBO or HomeAway rentals.

    • BTW....I sorta just did an AirBnb in Key West. $60 ($100net with cleaning fee, etc) for a sailboat anchored in the harbor. You kayak out to the sailboat. Loved the idea but after camping in the humid roasting heat for the prior two nights, I needed a hotel shower. Also, the kayaks were not staged at a dock as I had to park your car on a side street and walk 1/4 mile to some stashed kayaks locked up in some muddy mangroves. LOL Loved the adventure concept, paid the full fee but opted to spend another $200 for a hotel room that night.

    • i'm in an airbnb right now and use them regularly all over the world hundreds of times and only twice had bad experiences...once a place was misrepresented as a high end area but was in the slums, airbnb covered all expenses.

      The second bad experience was an owner who had a hidden camera in the kitchen and became annoyed that we didn't wash all the dishes we used in less than one hour after eating...we were watching a movie.

      Onto the good, every other stay everywhere!

      Look for 'superhosts' with instant booking, then you know you have the place, you can also look for self check in.

      This is what we have right now in the most expensive area of Medellin Colombia, a one bed place offered by a super host, with electronic self check in, he just emailed the door code...we never meet...its great and $35 per night, hotels here are $75+