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This is why Airbnb was the greatest invention for your wallet

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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.”

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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.

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At the top of the page (https://www.airbnb.com/,) 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.

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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!

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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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