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What’s different when airbnb'ing in a boat?

I've recently discovered Airbnb, and I'd like to repeat the experience this summer. I've seen a quite special Airbnb: in a sailboat, docked in a small harbour in Malta, in the Mediterranean Sea. ...
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What precautions should I take when participating in Air B'n'B as a host?

I'm thinking about participating in Air B'n'B as a host. I'm not really worried about my potential guest, otherwise I wouldn't participate. However, I want to take some precautions so that I don't get ...
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Should I tip my Airbnb host?

I am about to embark on my first Airbnb experience for a little over a week. I was wondering if it is customary or expected to tip the host upon departure or perhaps along the way, as it seems like ...
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Find short-term room in the U.S. from abroad

I will be in the U.S. (Baltimore) for a month and half from late April. At the moment I live abroad and I would love to find a private room to be rented there. I will be coming from Italy and would ...
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Giving details to Airbnb host

I booked a property through Airbnb in Budapest. I checked the whole listing for any specific requirements and duly asked the host for it. He said none. But when I reached there he asked me to provide ...
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How does a tourist visa from Visatorussia with AirBnB work?

When applying for a tourist visa via Visatorussia.com, when it asks me for an address, am I required to specify a hotel? Or can I directly choose a location from AirBnB? Edit: This differs from other ...
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Where can I stay once I get a private visa invitation from my Russian friend [duplicate]

When my Russian friend invites me to Russia, will he have to specify that I (the person coming to visit) will have to stay at his personal residence? Can that be specified as elsewhere (such as an ...
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How do I bring the level of interaction with Airbnb hosts to a minimum?

When booking a flat on Airbnb one might have the following interactions with the host: Write an introductory text about yourself and the trip Confirm that the place is available on the dates you've ...
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What's the difference between the Airbnb and Couchsurfing experience for a host? [closed]

I have a spare bedroom and I'm wondering whether I should put it on Airbnb or Couchsurfing? I'd like to know more about what's its like to host on both sites, to make a better decision.
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Airbnb long term cancelation - no refund never ever?

I don't understand how airbnb cancellation policies work. I try to rent the same appartment for almost same dates. If I rent 01.07 - 28.07 then I have "Flexible Cancellation Policies" and "Full ...
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Airbnb long term cancellation by host?

I'm a college student looking for 6 week housing in NYC this coming winter and have found a private bedroom on Airbnb. While I understand the cancellation policy for guests, I am nervous that my host ...
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Options for cheap, private month-long stay in Munich

I would like to travel to Munich for a month and am considering accommodation. I realize that hostels are very cheap, but I would be willing to pay more for a private room. Renting an apartment for a ...
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Multiple Airbnb accounts for one stay

So I've got a few questions regarding a trip I'm on. I'm travelling with a friend of mine, she has her own Airbnb account. Two situations: Prague I made the booking on my Airbnb account, but we both ...
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Airbnb alternative that doesn't require ID verification

Since Airbnb needs its users to verify their ID by uploading a photo of their driver's license or passport, I'm in search for another service quite like Airbnb, but without this way of approving one's ...
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Private lodging rental search engine

There are a lot of website where people can rent out lodging (peer to peer rental): AirBnB, 9flats, roomorama, Wimdu... Try to find the best place is difficult because you have to access to every ...
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Should I tip an airbnb host when leaving (germany)? [duplicate]

I'm going to Berlin on vacation. I'll stay 8 days, and I found an host on airbnb. I'm Italian, and here in Italy we are not used to tips (we never leave tips even in restaurants or pubs, nor in hotels ...
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airbnb vs booking.com near Oxford? [closed]

Me and my wife are going to attend a symposium at Oxford university for a few days this September. The host is offering a £205 on-campus accommodation for two nights. I'm not quite familiar with this ...
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Why does Airbnb show restricted search results when logged-in? [closed]

I noticed something odd when searching for accommodations on Airbnb. My initial search turned up some results I was interested in, but when I logged in and re-did the search, those results were no ...
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Airbnb: will I be charged extra $1,500 if I check out just one day earlier?

I found a place on Airbnb that goes for $90 a day or $1,000 a month. Since I need it for a month, it is going to cost me $1,000. However, there is a possibility that I might have to leave little bit ...
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What is AirBnb's contractual obligation in cases where something is wrong with your booking?

I've stayed a few times with AirBnb hosts and everything went great. However I can't help but wonder what would happen in situations where: The house owner is unreachable, so I can't make use of my ...
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Legal permissions required to host foreign guests in India via Airbnb [closed]

I heard that we need to register a paying foreign guest with the nearest police station, is this necessary and true? Also what is the procedure to obtain them for Mumbai India?
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Are short-term rentals (Airbnb, etc.) legal in Singapore?

Are short-term rentals like those offered by Airbnb, Roomorama, etc legal in Singapore? There are obviously lots of listings, and Roomorama is actually headquartered in Singapore, but there's also a ...
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What are the risks of using Airbnb in New York?

Context: I'm 29, travelling solo to San Francisco & New-York for the first time. I have a budget of around $140-170 a night. I'll be doing a week in each but my concern pertains mostly to New York ...
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What's the cheapest way to stay in Copenhagen?

A friend and I want to spend a week in Copenhagen to see the city. Copenhagen is f** expensive and I am searching for a place to stay for both of us without bringing a sleeping bag with us. AirBnb is ...
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Is AirBNB legal and legit in Canada?

This answer mentions AirBNB technically being illegal in New York and that causing issues sometimes with unprompted withdrawal of rentals. Are they legal in Canada, and specifically Toronto?
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Recommendation for accommodation in New York City [closed]

I'm looking for accommodation around downtown Manhattan in the first week of September. It should be around 50-60 USD per night. Any local recommendations would really help me. I need nothing fancy, ...
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Who to blame or what to do in case things go wrong with a booking through airbnb

I have been pointed to airbnb on several occasions. Although the idea behind that website is really nice, I never actually made a reservation through airbnb. Some times the offers are too good to be ...