why you should try airbnb

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After sharing with family and friends that my husband and I were going to utilize Airbnb on a road trip across the country, we received mixed responses. They were a little concerned, but also curious about how it worked, what it would be like, and most importantly, why we were choosing that option.

Simply, Airbnb allows people to rent out their homes to travelers. You can stay at homes throughout the world for as little or long as you’d like, instead of staying at a hotel or resort.

So, why Airbnb?* 

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quality assurance 

Before you can start booking on Airbnb, you must briefly undergo a verification process to ensure you are who you say you are. This encompasses things like taking a photo of your drivers license, sharing links to personal social media pages, etc. Hosts also have to go through a process, and you also can read reviews from previous guests before choosing the best place for you.

Both parties also leave each other reviews after the stay. If you’re the guest, you write a review about your experience and rate the host. The host also rates you, so other hosts can see what type of guest you’ll be. You can’t read what the host says about you until you post your review, in order to prevent any bias or changing of opinion.

Getting verified and evaluating hosts and homes by reading reviews allowed me to trust in the process.

affordability & convenience 

I love traveling and meeting new people, but sometimes the price of traveling mixed with food and a place to stay can get a little pricey. With Airbnb, you can have it all. An affordable stay with all the comforts of home, in the neighborhood of your choice, is what it’s all about.

Ultimately you’ll either be staying at someone’s place that you have to yourself, in a shared room or space with someone else (like another Airbnb guest), or with someone at their place as their guest (it’s just like staying with a friend!).

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An array of neighborhoods & price points to choice from.

Depending on the city, there will be an array of options to choose from. Of course the larger and more popular the city, the more options you’ll have.

It’s also very easy to keep in touch with the host and coordinate when you’ll be arriving by using the Airbnb app, which is the normal Airbnb protocol since you’ll be staying as a guest at their home.

local vibe & cultural immersion

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A guidebook & resources at Lillie’s home in Las Cruces.

You’ll get to know your host on a 1 on 1 basis. You choose how much or little interaction you’d like to have, so forming the relationship is up to you. And you’re bound to meet a diverse range of hosts, too!

If you’re traveling to a new city and looking for recommendations on where to eat, what to do, what’s better than staying with a local who is passionate about where they live?

The Airbnb experience allows you to fully immerse yourself into the city, based on all the personal recommendations you can receive. You can bypass the nonsense and tourist traps. There are no restaurants or attractions that are paying your hosts to promote their businesses (not that I know of anyway!).

You’re provided with a locals view of the city, and that’s rare to find with a hotel stay.

*I’m in no way affiliated with Airbnb. I’ve just become an unofficial advocate due to my recent positive experiences. 

personal recommendations 

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Photo from Las Cruces Sun-News article on Airbnb

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greet and explore / travel culture

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” ― Saint Augustine of Hippo

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I always yearn to explore other cultures and how different people all over the world live their lives. I think the best way to do this is to travel and experience the world for yourself.

In turn, you become more respectful and appreciative of these other cultures, and may even become inspired to incorporate some of their values and customs into your own life.

Most of us working 9-to-5’s don’t have the opportunity to travel around the world that often, so in between our yearly or so adventures, we have to get our ‘travel fix’ somehow. My husband and I frequently take weekend trips to escape the main Tampa/St.Pete hub, in order to explore places like Safety Harbor and Dunedin. But there’s also this thing called the Internet that has endless mounds of ‘travel teases…’

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Viewing travel top 10 lists (Top 10 National Geographic Lists), enviously reading adventure blogs, swooning over photos posted by those I follow on Twitter (@anishahbbc & @WeBlogtheWorld & @travelgogirl) and Tumblr (Breathtaking Destinations & Planet Perusal) and learning about various cultures along the way (Valentine’s Day customs), all keep my desire for travel never-ending.

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So before you go on your next adventure or become consumed by wanderlust by the travel sites, quotes and photos (they’re everywhere, and I’m guilty!), I’m going to dive into a few cultures from all over the world and share with you some ways people simply say, ‘hello.’ Maybe on your next adventure, you’ll be able to use one of these different greetings.

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An evening greeting in Zimbabwe involves hand clapping. Women usually cup their hands as they clap, and men clap hello with flat hands. They also say thank you by quickly clapping their hands a few times. In rural areas, women usually curtsy as well.

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“to share breath”

A hongi is a Maori greeting in New Zealand. Maoris press their noses and foreheads together simultaneously to greet one another, and it has the same formality as a handshake. The origin of the hongi refers to the Maori legend of Hineahuone, a woman that was formed in clay by the creator, Tane, “who breathed life into her nostrils.” Hence, the greeting means “to share breath,” and once you partake in a hongi, you’re no longer a stranger.

Kate Middleton, Hilary Clinton, Brad Pitt, and many others have taken part in this tradition while visiting.

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it’s okay, you can stick your tongue out

In Tibet, sticking your tongue out is a sign of respect. It’s a greeting that goes all the way back to the 9th century when malicious King Lang Darma ruled. King Darma had a black tongue and due to this, Tibetans stick their tongues out demonstrating that they are not reincarnations of the evil King.

I guess Miley & her tongue would fit in.

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