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This is why Airbnb was the greatest invention for your wallet


Not only can you save a ton of money on travel experiences, but you also have a chance to make some money too!

Some of you may be wondering, “What is Airbnb?” Good question!

As seen on the Airbnb website, it is a “trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world – online or from a mobile phone or tablet.”


More and more people have discovered Airbnb, and they are not only utilizing it as a way to find inexpensive, last minute accommodations – but they are also listing their own home/properties as a way to make money. Becoming an Airbnb host is actually quite easy and profitable (Directions here.)

And while I’m a little late to the party, my recent discovery of Airbnb has paid off – tremendously!

In an effort to save some money on my upcoming week-long trip to New England, I decided to scope out some alternatives to your typical hotel. I had previously heard of Airbnb (on television shows and radio) but had never really looked into it.


At the top of the page (,) it prompts you to enter in your desired location, time, and number of guests – which I did.

After you apply these 3 specifications, all of the available listings will populate on the page. You are then able to filter by room type, price range, instantly bookable, and other amenities/facilities that fit your preference.


Once your room is selected, you are given a detailed description on the space you will be staying in (accommodations, amenities, check in/check out times, property type etc.,) who your host is, and you are even able to ask your host a question via instant message.

What I dislike the most about online hotel reservations is that you really never know if you will be getting your “money’s worth” until you get there. Very rarely do I ever see customer reviews designated for specific rooms. At Airbnb, there are a number of reviews for each particular room, which helps in the decision process!

In booking my room, I read through over 25 reviews all written by different people. I made my final decision based on the reviews of these people, who all had great things to say about this specific room, the host, and even Airbnb as a company.

At $48/night for 4 nights (which is pretty much unheard of,) 2 guests, a service & cleaning fee of $25, and then a $40 first-time Airbnb discount, my total is…. $177!


If you’re an avid traveler like myself, you know that a 4 night hotel stay typically costs $500-$800 (after taxes, misc. charges, and other hidden fees that hotels like to include.) Just knowing that I have saved around $600 has motivated me to use Airbnb as my primary option when searching for out of town accommodations.

Can you tell that I’m excited?

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