Use Airbnb? Watch Out For Hidden Cameras

If you’ve ever used or considered using Airbnb, these are not the headlines you want to see:

Couple Uncovers Hidden Cameras In Nightmare Airbnb: Police (Huffington Post, 10/11/17)
People Keep Finding Hidden Cameras In Their Airbnbs (NY Post, 12/4/17)
Couple Visiting Toronto Says They Found A Hidden Camera In Their Airbnb Rental (CBC, 9/11/18)
Spy Cameras Are Popping Up In Airbnb Rentals (ABC Action News, 11/15/18)
Airbnb Refunds Guest Who Found Indoor Cameras During His Family’s Stay
(Washington Post, 1/17/19)

So what’s up with that???

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Niche Alternatives for Airbnb

The growth of Airbnb over less than a decade has been staggering. From its humble beginning as a couple in San Francisco who rented out their loft to make some extra money to a modern-day business with an operating income for $450 billion in 2017 (last known numbers), it’s been, for many homeowners and guests, something of a godsend.

But for others, not so much.

There are several groups of people who, for reasons, the traditional Airbnb setup just wouldn’t work as well as one would hope. But fortunately, there are plenty of smaller companies who cater to those in these niche markets.

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Analysis Of The Airline Pilot On Grindr While At Work, The Bag NOT To Check, Great Credit Card Checklist, & More

Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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Considering Airbnb As A Guest Or A Host? Read This First

A‌i‌r‌b‌n‌b‌,‌ ‌I‌n‌c‌.‌ operates an online marketplace and hospitality service that allows people to lease or rent short-term lodging such as apartments, homes, cottages and other similar accommodations.  Airbnb doesn’t own any real estate; instead, they simply act as a broker that receives a percentage for bookings. And they’ve done a whole LOT of bookings – as of this writing, Airbnb has over 5 million lodging listings in 81,000 cities and 191 countries, and has facilitated over 300 million check-ins.

Most Airbnb experiences wind up being positive for both guests and hosts. Of course, there are always some highly publicized issues, such when hosts were placing hidden cameras in the Airbnb units and the guests didn’t know about them. Granted, it’s one thing to have cameras to help ward against theft; it’s another to have a camera hidden in the bathroom.

Unfortunately, cameras in the bathrooms are only one thing that Airbnb guests have to worry about when they’re sleeping in the accommodations of a total stranger. And Airbnb hosts have their own concerns as well, including what happens when their guests lie, steal or are otherwise flaky.

So before you get involved with Airbnb, you may want to take a look at this website we’ve found…

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The Scum & Villainy Star Wars Themed Bar, A New IHG Offer, How To Be A Good Customer & More…

Could it be? Why, YES IT IS! Whoop whoop, it’s the weekend! And to celebrate, here’s a quick recap of the posts we wrote this week:

This week Joe wrote about:

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