Is Airbnb Safe?

Anyone can list a room or property on Airbnb, so is Airbnb safe for travelers? Frequent traveler shares her review of when & how to use Airbnb and stay safe. Full article at (share your tips in the comments!)

More than a year after my first stay, I’m still using Airbnb.  If I’m honest, I tried it the first time because I couldn’t afford anything else.  The only options in my budget were Airbnb or camping, and even though I love to camp, it didn’t fit the mood of my Hawaii getaway. Are you new to …

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Use Airbnb to Save Money on Vacation

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I only recently tried Airbnb, despite knowing about the website for years.  If you’re unfamiliar with the premise, Airbnb creates a marketplace for individuals to open their homes to travelers.  Lodging options range from a room in someone’s home, an entire property for individual use, or unique stays like a bed in a treehouse. Airbnb touts …

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8 Strategies to Save Money on Hotels

If you looked at the hotel stays I’ve completed and/or reserved, you’d swear I’m scatterbrained.  I jump from hostels to campsites to upscale mountain resorts and trendy chain hotels. Sure, there are  times when I just want a basic room and anywhere will do so I look for a simple property at a low price.  However, every once in …

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My Secret for Cheap Hotels in Europe

Did you know there’s not a single Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Starwood, IHG, or Club Carlson in Slovenia outside of Ljubljana?  For the most part, this country is home to non-chain hotels and other independently managed accommodations. Despite having a healthy balance of hotel rewards points in my budget, I frequently find myself in locations without chain hotels.  Since …

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