I get asked this a lot: How do we pick where we stay? How do we know we aren’t getting scammed or being lied to? The short answer is sometimes you aren’t sure or pictures lie. Just like how we all know our good angles, so do homeowners. After a year and half of traveling, we know a few signs and questions to ask to make sure a place is a fit for us. We use Airbnb for a majority of our accommodation as long-term travelers. You pay more for this service. We are happy to pay that fee though for the added security of the customer service but also not having to deal with bills. Which is what can happen when you short-term lease a place.
Occasionally we will stay in a hotel long-term but rarely. We prefer to spend more for a kitchen then a room. When we stay in a hotel we normally use Booking.com or sometimes we book directly through the hotel website depending on the type of trip it is. That being said, sometimes Airbnb has let us down but now I’m pretty good at reading in-between the photos and lines to know when to avoid and risk it. So here is me, sharing that expertise with ya!