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Five Tips for Using Airbnb

Airbnb is a great way to save money on vacation and have the opportunity to experience your destination like a local. You'll also have the chance to stay somewhere you could only dream you'd be able to stay; on a canal in Venice or a penthouse apartment with a view of Mount Vesuvius.

Your lodging could also ruin your vacation. Nothing can make your trip a complete fail like sleepless nights and unhappy mornings. These five tips will help you prevent a vacation disaster.

1. Be very thorough when reading reviews from other people. You'll want to find a host and a place that meet your specific needs and you can really tell the character of the hosts by other travelers reviews. For example, if you are a foodie traveler, look for reviews that mention if the host gave great local restaurant recommendations.

2. Research the neighborhood. Even if you have the best host in the world, you don't have a person at the desk 24/7 like a hotel. You'll need to figure some stuff out on your own.

3. Stay in contact with the hosts, especially before arriving. Again, unlike a hotel with a person at the desk, you'll need to coordinate where and when to meet to get the keys or what the door code is. The more you interact with the host, the smoother your arrival will be.

4. If you're going to a country where you don't speak the language, take a screen shot or print out a map to the place you are staying in the local language. Unlike a hotel, they aren't as easy to find for taxi drivers.

5. Be sure to check each listing to see what is included. Every place we stayed had the necessities, such as towels, soap, shampoo etc., but not all listings included it. And don't be afraid to ask if something in specific is included, such as a blow dryer.

Using Airbnb will allow you to completely immerse yourself in the local culture of your vacation destination. With these tips you will be able to choose the best Airbnb for your vacation.

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Travel nurse turned travel lover. Picky gastronome with a side of wino. J'adore photography and culture.If I had a superpower it would be to speak every language in the world, so I would never get lost looking for the bathroom.

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