If you travel often or at least know someone who does, then there’s a strong possibility you’ve heard the term “Airbnb” used in some way. If you’re unfamiliar with the definition and use, we’re here to offer a brief crash course, courtesy of some things we found out on a fact-finding mission.
What is an Airbnb?
First, Airbnb means “Air bed and breakfast.” The San Francisco based company was founded in 2008 by Nathan Blecharczyk, Joe Gebbia, and Brian Chesky. The company has taken the concept of the bed and breakfast and transformed it into a multi-national industry that allows tourists and travelers alike to have short stays in properties. The company doesn’t own any property outright, and simply acts as an online marketplace for lodging. Ideal for weekend getaways, it allows people to not worry with overpriced hotels during their vacation.
An Air Mattress Was Involved at One Point
While Airbnb is seen by many as an entity of corporate America, their beginnings were quite humble. The company began as a room with an air mattress that the founders would rent out to travelers. Further proof that the biggest journey starts with a single step.
No Money is Exchanged Between Guest and Host
Airbnb handles all their financial transactions through third party companies such as PayPal and Venmo. Once your appointment is booked, information will follow about where to pick up your key to the property and other important information.
Renting an Airbnb can have a variety of outcomes. Experiences at the various locations might range from “good” to “good to get away from here.” Airbnb doesn’t conduct background checks on guests or hosts, so it’s always good to do research. There are online sources that rate locations, and if you’re hosting, it’s best to be aware of who your potential customers may be. For this reason, some places choose not to rent to anyone under the age of 25.
Monthly and Long-Term Rentals are Available
Airbnb’s do not limit their services to only travelers and tourists, some actually rent out properties for lengthy periods of time rather than a short-term basis. Many times this requires an up front fee, and is more economically viable than living out of a motel.
Rental Properties from Costa Verde
Aside from offering some of the best cuisines in Long Island, Costa Verde has two beach front properties that we rent all year round. If you’ve ever felt the temptation to get away, this is the opportunity of a lifetime. See for yourself by visiting https://www.costaverdelongisland.com/vacation-properties/. For our other businesses in the area, swim on over to https://www.costaverdelongisland.com/. You’ll be glad you did.