Is Airbnb Safe?

Yes, it is. I’ll answer this one right away.

However you’d be surprised how many times I felt unsafe while staying in them this summer.

One of the most nerve-wracking things is sleeping in a room full of strangers. Since I was road tripping with zero money, I often stayed in rooms with two bunk beds for $20-$30 per night.

After a week this adds up to $200-$250. Not bad.

What is bad is staying in a room with people you don’t know.

Despite this conflict (I guess you could call it?), Airbnb makes it so hosts actually want to do business with the best, vetted guests and vice versa.

One time I stayed in a hostel out in the middle of Montana (nowhere)….BY MYSELF. I booked the hostel through Airbnb. I was scared out of my mind. I replayed bits of “The Strangers” in my mind for two hours before finally nodding off.

I go over that story in this video below. Start at the 1:00 mark.

Despite all my joking around, Airbnb is incredibly safe. I always get weird looks from people whenever I tell them I stayed in Airbnbs this summer.

Granted, most of the non-believers are members of the older crowd, but I really think they’re cautious because they’re ignorant.

Airbnb has 2,000,000 listings in 34,000 cities. Since 2011 they’ve acquired several of their competitors and I’m pretty sure I’ve seen a few ads on TV recently.

They’re doing well.

If all of this still doesn’t sell you, then follow these rules should you ever book an Airbnb to stay safe.

  1. Book with reputable hosts who have at least 10 reviews on their profile.
  2. Book private rooms (no bunk beds).
  3. Stay in well-known cities.
  4. Communicate with your host before. Call them if you need to.

These are really all the rules you need to follow. There’s not much else to it. Oh, and if you have a better story than my out-in-the-middle-of-nowhere-in-Libby tale, I’m all ears. Give me a shout in the comments below.

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