Stay Airbnb for a Unique Travel Experience

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There is something about getting to truly live in a place that connects you with the culture, lifestyle, and the people.  It’s an experience that takes you beyond tourist mode and makes it feel like home. On a recent trip to New York, I was able to experience some of this myself.  It was a completely different New York experience than I’d had before. I stepped away from the typical lights of Times Square attractions and explored all the different boroughs. I talked with shop owners, listened to the conversations of parents as they waited in line to pick up their children from school, and dined where the locals dined.  These are the travel experiences that make memories and draw me to stay Airbnb when I travel.

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How many times have you said “I wish I could just live here!” while away on vacation?  Whether it’s for a couple of weeks or just a weekend, Airbnb allows you to really make your travel destination home during your stay. That’s because you are staying in a home during your stay.

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Since it is a different travel experience than staying in a hotel, there are a few things you’ll want to think about to ensure you have a seamless experience. I highly encourage you to give it chance for your next vacation adventure. Perhaps you’ll even choose to become a host yourself!

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Here is a quick checklist to ensure you have a great experience in your new Airbnb space whether you are a host or guest:

Before your trip

  • Communicate clearly with your host about any expectations or special needs you may have.
  • Always let your host know if you’re likely to arrive late for check-in.
  • Communicate your check-in procedure in advance, and make sure you’re able to follow through with it at the check-in time you discussed.*Tip: Ask if your host is utilizing the August Smart Home Access System, including the August Smart Lock, to simplify this process.
  • Make sure you know how to be contacted in the event of a travel delay or last-minute question.
  • Ask for or provide detailed directions to get to the listing from the highway, train station, or airport.
  • Suggest recommendations on local spots, like restaurants, grocery stores, parks, and attractions.
  • Decide if you’ll meet at the door, or arrange plans to get the keys. Here is another way the August products would be great for both rental hosts and guests.

One thing that can provide better security and simplify the check in process is the August Smart Home Access System. August Home is part of Airbnb’s Host Assist program, which automates giving guests secure, keyless access to their listing.

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Instead of retrieving a key under a mat, guests use their smartphone or a unique key code to securely unlock the door. Hosts simply link their Airbnb account to their August Home account inside the August Home app to automate this process, adding better visibility, convenience, and security for both hosts and guests. Hosts receive an instant notification on their smartphone when guests arrive and use a virtual key to unlock the door.

During the Trip:

  • Honor your commitments (including arrival time) and any house rules.
  • Enjoy your host’s home as if you were staying with friends. Be respectful of your neighbors.
  • Explore the neighborhood and support local businesses. It’s a great way to feel more like a local. Try asking your host about their favorite neighborhood spots!
  • Get your host’s permission before having guests over.
  • When in doubt, reach out to your host with any questions or problems that arise.

After your trip

  • Always leave an honest review for your host or guest to help guide future bookings. Airbnb is built on community, and both hosts and guests will also be invited to leave a review.
  • Once guests have checked out, the cleaning crew can also use a virtual key for the August Smart Lock or a unique code for the August Smart Keypad so they can safely and securely prep the listing for the next guest.

Making travel plans this summer for an upcoming weekend? Try Airbnb for a unique travel experience!

To learn more about the full range of products August offers for your home or Airbnb hosting you can find them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and their blog.


  1. I just stayed in my first AirBNB this weekend! It was kind of weird, but also really nice. I like the look of those products. It would definitely make checking in easier and potentially safer for everyone.
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