Airbnb 101: Using Social Media's Hottest "Places to Stay" Site
(with Kaleel Sakakeeny)
As Airbnb says, "Find a Place to Stay."
And with participants in 34,183 cities in 192 countries, it's small wonder that the site has become the "go to place" for places to stay.
And what may make the popular short term rental site even more popular, is its clever inclusion of neighborhood guides for cities all around the world, just in case a traveler is unsure where to travel to. Features like this, and a site that's blessedly clear, clean and easy to use, doubtless is why its user base of millions of guests seem content and happy with Airbnb.
If you’re like me, you've used Airbnb and lived through a friend’s experience vicariously. Many, I hear, have perused the reviews on a few locations, but never really made the commitment and clicked “Book now.” With over 5 million nights booked, there’s no time like the present to make the dive into the world of Airbnb.
What's really fascinating here, as Fast Company reported, is sheer the horror 15 A-listed investors feel when they realize they passed on Airbnb's pitch. The site has generated 500 million in transactions in 2011, becoming, "a disruptive force in the stagnant hotel industry, and a major driver in the shared economy."
While any time is a good time to Airbnb, experienced travelers have suggested the following as the best uses of the site:
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• Go on a Staycation. Travelers needn't go farther than a few blocks to find a cool interesting property on Airbnb. Spend a weekend in a loft in a new neighborhood on the other side of town; it’s a great way to escape the mundane without ever leaving the city limits.