How I rented out my place on Airbnb
I have lived in several flats for the past three years, one of them in Casablanca, Morocco, and the other one in Antigua Guatemala, a beautiful colonial town that is a UNESCO Heritage Site.
Both those locations were desirable for tourists and when I looked up the possibility to rent out my place to travelers, I stumbled upon Airbnb.
This website allows you to enter the details of the room you want to let, price per night, week or month, and availability on a calendar. You may want to let your whole place when you go on holiday, or just a room once in a while, that is up to you. You can create two adds, one for the whole property and one for the guest room.
Some people even offer a sofa in their living room in high demand locations such as NYC or Paris.
Having been a couchsurfer for the past 6 years, I was immediatly sold to the idea of receiving people and making a little extra money. Some Airbnb users even manage to live for free and pay their mortgage super fast via this method.
I like the flexibility to rent my extra space when I want and not having a full time roommate. The extra cash is nice too! It adds up fast, if you live in a popular big city, you can easily ask for $30 a night, going way up if you’re in a central location and have a beautiful flat.
Airbnb is based on feedback from other users and ratings, so you know you can trust the people you rent to and vice versa. There is even a guarantee for damages that could occur. So far, I have only had great experiences via Airbnb.
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