10 simple tips for becoming a Great Airbnb host!

This year was my first time trying out AirBnB. For those of you unfamiliar with Airbnb, it’s a service where individuals may rent out their homes, apartments, and spare bedrooms. Airbnb is available in the U.S as well as many countries around the world. For some, Airbnb is more appealing than hotels because sometimes it’s more affordable and it provides you with an experience which sometimes hotels are unable to offer. For years, I solely stayed in hostels. However, after I kept hearing people talk about Airbnb, I knew I had to give it a try to see what all the hype was about. Ever since my first AirBnB escapade in Tokyo, it has become my go-to resource for accommodations abroad. Overall, I’ve had more positive experiences than negative so here are my 10 simple tips to becoming a great AirBnB host:

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Friendship knows no boundaries


In the fall of 2007, I embarked on my first year of graduate school in Xalapa, Mexico. I was both excited and nervous because I didn’t know a soul in Mexico. After getting settled in, there was one girl in particular who I immediately connected with. Her name was Melanie.  She was from London so if nothing else, I loved listening to her British accent. The icing on the cake was when we discovered we both liked to sing. Although Melanie was only in Mexico for a semester, our friendship blossomed. As luck would have it, my roommate and I ended up moving in the apartment next door to where Melanie was living. Some of my fondest memories of Melanie are when she and I would sing duets at El Muro,  which is a small cafe/lounge in Xalapa.  Initially Melanie started singing at El Muro with a local band and she would often invite me to sing alongside her (Check out the video below). I also enjoyed our movie nights when she came over and made stove-top popcorn. 

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Letter to my host family

Saying goodbye to Misho  Dear Lela, Lamzira, Zauri, Misho, Mari, Erekle, and Caxa. Erekle and Misho, I will forever cherish our bond. You are the little brothers I never had. Erekle, I will cherish the times we swam in the pool and watched movies on the balcony and Misho the times we went to the park and played outside. Erekle, I’ll  always laugh at the … Continue reading Letter to my host family