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How Does Airbnb Work? Airbnb 101 Guide

Have you heard about booking travel accommodation through Airbnb, but not quite sure what it is? I’m going to tell you all about it! Also make sure you watch the end of the video because I have a special discount off your first booking! So what is Airbnb? It’s a website where travellers can book beds, rooms or full apartments in homes all around the world, each listing on the website is posted by a host that’s offering up their place for you to stay in. The idea is that travelers get to stay in local homes for more local experience and the hosts get to share their home with like-minded people while also making money. So how is staying at an Airbnb different from staying in a hotel or a hostel? Well Airbnb really harps on the fact that you get a more local experience You might find a place that’s in an area that really just the locals live in but there aren’t any hotels available, you also have option of choosing to just rent a bed or a private room in a home, so you’re actually living with your host and oftentimes your hosts will be really welcoming and accommodating and will help you actually live like a local
in the place that you’re visiting. Also if you choose to rent an entire home or apartment you’re going to feel more like you’re staying in a home as opposed to just in a hotel room. There also some really cool places that you can rent on Airbnb like there are 1,400 castles on the site at this moment, but they’re also things like houseboats, clock towers and there’s even a private island. What are the pros of staying in an Airbnb? One is that the hosts are super keen to give you the best experience so they’ll often tell you the best places to go near your place, some hosts will leave hold binders worth of information for you to check out and there’s lists of restaurants,
how to take the public transportation, pretty much everything that you’ll need to know. On the flipside if you also just want to be left alone they’re happy to do that too. Two huge draws for me is that you can rent a place with a kitchen and a living room! When I’m traveling I don’t always feel like
going out for every meal so having that kitchen where I can at least prepare a little bit of something saves me money but also means I don’t have to go out and find a place to eat every time I want to eat, a living room or a little living space is really good because it just separates you from the sleeping space a bit more and also means if you want to have like drinks before you go out you can do it comfortably there you don’t have to just sit on beds or be squashing into a room, well actually just feel like you’re at home. And another huge plus is that you can actually save money, there are different ways that Airbnb’s
can be cost effective, whether it be that renting just a room in a home is cheaper than getting a hotel room or the fact that if you get a place with a kitchen you’re going to save money on always going out, also if there’s a group of you getting one big apartment can often be more cost effective than a bunch of hotel rooms. What are the cons of staying in an airbnb? Some of the things that you’re used to while staying in a hotel, you’re not going to get with an airbnb, for example, you’re not going to get someone who comes in and cleans every day, unless you arrange for that with the host and you’re gonna have to pay extra for that, you also can’t leave the place a complete mess like sometimes we all do when we’re in a rush to check out in the morning you kind of have to leave it somewhat clean especially if you’re living with the host, you’ll probably not get breakfast included in your stay, although I’ve been in airbnb’s before where they left like croissants. You’ll also have to pay a booking fee to airbnb and a cleaning fee which sometimes adds up, so you need to make sure that you look at the
fine print for that, also if something goes wrong at the property it’s not as easy as just switching to another room, so you’re gonna have to call the hosts and get them to sort it out, but they should be pretty quick to respond because they don’t want a bad rating. And then there’s always the safety element of it especially if you’re going to be renting a room or just a bed, but airnb does everything that they can to try to keep both hosts and guests as safe as possible, they do verification checks, everybody has to have a complete and filled out profile, every host and every guest is rated after each stay. Personally I’ve always felt very safe in airbnb’s I’ve stayed in, so hopefully you’ll have a good experience too. If you’ve never tried Airbnb before you can click the link down in the description box, that will get you thirty one dollars off of your first booking so you can try it out and let me know what you think! Next up make sure you watch my guide for ‘How to find a book the perfect Airbnb’.


Yliana Medina

Oct 10, 2016, 7:35 pm Reply

thank you soo much ??


Oct 10, 2016, 7:59 pm Reply

Hi!! Great video! Question, where did you get the frames behind you? They are beautiful


Oct 10, 2016, 5:59 am Reply

I booked a flat in soho for my week in London! 23 days until I'm in London 😀


Oct 10, 2016, 6:18 pm Reply

Such good videos!


Dec 12, 2016, 1:32 am Reply

Thx for video. thanks for code. Booked 3 places through airbnb for our upcoming trip. Never tried airbnb so I'm curious to see how it turns out & excited to explore the U.K.


Dec 12, 2016, 4:02 am Reply

Do you have to live with the host during your Airbnb stay or does the host leave their entire place to you to your own privacy?

Its all about Perspective

Feb 2, 2017, 12:57 am Reply

I found a beautifully furnished 1 bdrm Airbnb for 1,000 a month, w/all utilities included. Owner states he works off shore & just wants someone to take care of his
place. This unit in an upscale area of LA which could easily go for 3,000 or more a month. I declined because it seemed to good to be true & i had no way to check for legitimacy. I'd appreciate thoughts.

Shakeel Manan

Apr 4, 2017, 7:49 am Reply

Very nicely explained.

Mich Poa

May 5, 2017, 9:46 am Reply

Hi I have a question ; what happens if you have a completed transaction but have not set up your payout method with airbnb? Does the funds just stay in you airbnb account?

Soham Saha

May 5, 2017, 1:54 pm Reply

what should I comment , to make you comment back ?? great video

Taylor Simmons

May 5, 2017, 12:39 am Reply

Hey girl! Quick question I just booked an airbnb in London for my first trip in Early September. It's in Westminster, a quick walk away from the nearest tube St James Park
Does this sound like a pleasant location? Would love to get an opinion on it from a local! 🙂


Jun 6, 2017, 10:17 pm Reply

how you rent out your house to strangers is beyond me but i will try it

Jatin Kumaar Mangal

Jun 6, 2017, 7:16 pm Reply

Hello Mam,

I have seen many of your videos. I like the way you describe or rather explain things in such an easy and awesome manner. I want to thank you for all the videos you share.
I am a student and will be coming to Canada this Fall(Secured admission in Douglas College). I am little nervous about the accommodation. Can you please assist me a little in this regard. I would be very grateful to you. If possible can you share your email. Many Thanks again. My Email add is [email protected]

Warm Regards
Jatin Mangal

Brian Faltar

Jul 7, 2017, 4:17 pm Reply

How do you get the keys?

Mel J

Jul 7, 2017, 3:12 am Reply

Hi Jessica! Thank you for your videos. I really enjoy all the great tips and hints. btw, I was trying to use the Airbnb promo code, but when I click on the link from the website it does not seem to go through. I already created a profile, but haven´t booked my first airbnb yet. Looking for Oct now. Is the promo also eligible even though I already signed up for the app? Keep doing these videos . Thanks . Gracias! 🙂

Mandy Oon

Jul 7, 2017, 11:52 am Reply

Hi..I booked a home in Bangkok 2 days ago…airbnb already charged me their fee but till now I've not heard anything from the host

Billy Envy

Jul 7, 2017, 4:26 pm Reply

Ey ey ey i just posted a pic of my drivings license and they include my 4 last digts of my personal number? Where doed that photo go? And how come also i pay before even meeting the person im renting from? I dont understand

naum castillo

Aug 8, 2017, 8:23 pm Reply

On the listing prices , that's the price per night right ?and if I'm going wth a group of 4 do we all have to pay that same amount?

Life Explorer

Aug 8, 2017, 12:31 am Reply

I travel a lot. Like Air B and B.  I suggest to  check people reviews from previous stay. and if you will like some extra like breakfast or places to visit ask in Advance. Every traveler have different purposes to visit the City or Town. Also its nice for the host to see peoples reviews so they know who is coming to stay.

ring ring

Nov 11, 2017, 7:35 am Reply

hey i have a visa to live in brasil for a year ! I looked at Airbnb is this ideal for long term stay?

Isaac Choe

Nov 11, 2017, 1:30 am Reply

Lol at 17-19 seconds


Jan 1, 2018, 7:40 am Reply

Your videos are extremely helpful as we begin to prep for our March 2018 trip. Also–Is your 3-day itinerary ready for order?

Samual Whittemore

Jan 1, 2018, 1:22 am Reply


Shawn Recupido

Jan 1, 2018, 8:55 pm Reply

Booked my first one. Kinda worried about staying with a stranger. But, it was cheap and near where i needed to be


Feb 2, 2018, 8:16 pm Reply

What if after I book @ airbnb I decide to change dates or even cancel the whole deal. Is there a problem with that? Fees or anything I should be concerned about?

[email protected] toriaye

Feb 2, 2018, 12:29 pm Reply

What if you don’t want to stay with ur host you just want to be alone? How do I book for those listings or do I just communicate that with the host?

Lauren Claires

Feb 2, 2018, 12:08 am Reply

Nice intro just wondering if Airbnb require every day cleaning bed sets I

alina froogh

Mar 3, 2018, 8:56 pm Reply

the link for the 31 dollars didn't work

Miranda Flores

Mar 3, 2018, 4:59 am Reply

could i rent an airbnb to have my quinceanera (15 party) in? i would rent it for about 3 days and have my family and my chambelan and damas stay in the house for the night before, day of , and day after (so we can clean the mess before we leave) ?

Naomi Roy Chowdhury

Apr 4, 2018, 2:24 am Reply

Do the hosts do the bed for you in the morning?

Wow Nicevideo

Apr 4, 2018, 12:42 pm Reply

Hi. Thank you for explaining the pros and cons of it. I have a 4 bedroom house ? and planning on fixing it for rental. Installing a wall in the hallway and their own backyard doors ? for them to go in and out. Q. Is it a good idea ?.

Jasmine Beecham

Apr 4, 2018, 9:39 pm Reply

Hello, my name is Jasmine and I went to the air b n b website and ended upmdownloading the app and thr site wants a picture of my driver’s license. After 12 attempts I think the site finally accepted my driver’s license. Then once it was time for me to finalize the request to book, the site wanted my credit card information. Did you have to give all you paymemt information just to request to book an air b n b? Do you know other websites? Which site did you use? I would love your feed back!

Elim Yang

Apr 4, 2018, 7:40 am Reply

wow very informative and clear 🙂 thanks!

Laurie Lewis

Apr 4, 2018, 2:26 pm Reply

Great video, and thanks for your help. Was wondering if you could clear one thing up for me, once I pay the amount listed will there be any other charges by the host when we arrive. Or have we paid everything? You mention clean fees, I don't see that listed anywhere, is that the service fee?

Chris Wolfington

May 5, 2018, 10:39 pm Reply


Victoria LaShay

May 5, 2018, 8:38 am Reply

I booked my first airbnb in miami after watching this video! Thank you

ПLneu Ц

Jun 6, 2018, 12:50 am Reply

Hi I have a very important question I hope you can answer it for me really quickly because I'm renting an airbnb next week please, I'd like to know if you rent a home on airbnb does the host usually stay with you? Or are you just by yourself?

Celene Diedrick

Jun 6, 2018, 3:26 am Reply

This is very helpful!

Francis Suemitsu

Jun 6, 2018, 11:01 am Reply

Great explanation


Aug 8, 2018, 12:33 am Reply

More local experience = cheaper than any half decent hotel


Aug 8, 2018, 10:18 pm Reply

Im 17 can I rent a place


Sep 9, 2018, 9:47 pm Reply

Thank you for explaining

Gianna Frontera

Sep 9, 2018, 10:36 pm Reply

I need this cause I’m not hip lol


Oct 10, 2018, 1:10 pm Reply

What I don't understand is how you get in and out of the BNB. Do they leave you a key or what?

Jackie M

Oct 10, 2018, 5:48 am Reply

I started being a host and i have my first costera visitors soon Im confused on how the payment works. Do I get paid by them when they arrive or?


Oct 10, 2018, 7:21 pm Reply

Wish I had watched this before booking ?


Oct 10, 2018, 5:47 am Reply

So it’s kinda like the uber version

Mackenzie Summers

Nov 11, 2018, 6:38 am Reply

Do you have to stay with the owners?

Jack Kristensen

Jan 1, 2019, 7:55 pm Reply

Question… do you have to meet up with the Host? Before booking????

chemy bamford

Feb 2, 2019, 1:49 am Reply

I like your entertainment unit, where did you buy it?


Feb 2, 2019, 9:41 pm Reply

i'm not a social person, is there such a thing as an airbnb with no host or anyone else staying with me? I like being alone

Marvin Eunice

Mar 3, 2019, 12:03 am Reply

Do they charge per night or per person? ?

Arfarn Rafique

Apr 4, 2019, 12:09 am Reply

My future studio in Dubai looks like the spot


Apr 4, 2019, 3:55 am Reply

Love it

Ashleigh Goldsmith

May 5, 2019, 3:43 am Reply

Can you stay in an Airbnb without the hosts being there ?


May 5, 2019, 6:03 pm Reply

I love those pics on the top shelf.
Prague, Paris, London, Florence, and New York.

Mary C

May 5, 2019, 6:34 pm Reply

How does it work though? How do they get payment how do you send payment what if you want to cancel? How does it work?


Jun 6, 2019, 7:39 pm Reply

the price says per night? does it mean you cannot stay during the day?

SGK Slapz

Jun 6, 2019, 6:22 am Reply

Question do u have to meet the host?


Jun 6, 2019, 8:29 am Reply

best explanation xD


Jul 7, 2019, 7:11 pm Reply

Thnk you for meaning-full video. I booked a room via airbnb many times while travelling out of my country frst time being female we found it so safe & convenient the hosts were very cooperative we checked reviews while booking yes it helped us alot in exploring the city taking bus routes in the where very few speak english.


Jul 7, 2019, 7:13 pm Reply

Host can guide you best possible ways to explore the city & ways to travel in the city

Kirk Bates

Jul 7, 2019, 3:44 pm Reply

unless I would go to a super major city where hotel rooms are quite small I don't ever see me staying in someone's house

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