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I have always loved the idea of Airbnb and wanted so bad a chance to give it a try but was always weary. I was either worried about the safety, cleanliness, and never been much of a people person let alone stay with strangers. But I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone and give Airbnb a try, since all I heard was good things about it.
A couple weekends ago a friend of mine invited my wife and I to the Lake Of The Ozarks to see The Beatles Tribute Band, Liverpool Legends. So like any trip, I try to find the most affordable and easy way to travel. The Lake Of The Ozarks is only a couple of hours from where we live so transportation wasn’t an issue. However, the hotels in the area, Osage Beach, are a bit too expensive for my taste. I decided to download and install Airbnb for the first time and give it a go.
As soon as the install of Airbnb completed on my phone and I signed up, I already loved the application and how easy it was to use. I also felt safe when the application asks you to verify your identity with scanning a physical form of ID onto your phone. This way the users identity is verified by the application so that the hosts know who they are hosting without the cloud of mystery about who is going to show up for a nights stay.
To give you more of an idea of how the application works, here is a screen capture of the application’s ‘Explore’ feature for exploring places to stay. It is fun to play around with even if you are not planning a trip anytime soon, to imagine the possibilities.
After browsing through a couple of properties, I found the most perfect looking and quaint property in Kaiser, MO (just a couple miles from Osage Beach where we needed to be). The couple lived in the countryside and owned horses. They had a guest house that they renovated for the purpose of renting it out to Airbnb customers. So I booked a 1 night stay at the couple’s guest house in Kaiser, MO.
Tabitha was the name of the host and I touched base with her about when we would be arriving and any special requests we had. It was very easy to communicate back and forth with her, without ever giving out my email or phone number or anything. The application takes care of everything for you, from booking the stay, communication about the stay, and payment. I never once had to navigate outside of the application for anything regarding my booked stay besides when clicking the map for directions.
Upon arriving to the property, the host greeted us with kindness and respect. She led us over to the guest house and gave us a tour along with going over some house rules, understandable :). We went and enjoyed our plans that evening and left the key in the designated spot that Tabitha provided when we left. The only interaction we had was when we arrived and messaging in the Arbnb application when we left, letting her know we were leaving. I left her great reviews and that was that.
Airbnb is an incredibly intuitive application, easy to use, safe and affordable. It is defiantly one of the easiest, affordable ways to travel and you get to connect with new, interesting people along the way (this is all coming from someone who isn’t much of a people person haha).
I am so glad I gave Airbnb a try and will definitely be using it again soon!
Sign up for Airbnb and get $40 off your first adventure. Here’s my invitation link: https://www.airbnb.com/c/