Travel and Earn as an Airbnb Host - My Family Travels

All families try to save money when planning vacations, yet few have thought about making money by being an Airbnb host and listing their house on Airbnb while they’re away.

A boat listed on Airbnb hosts a vacationing family.
A boat listed on Airbnb hosts a vacationing family.

Airbnb makes it simple to earn extra money by being a host and putting your extra space to work for you. You can share a spare room in your apartment, host your whole home the next time you’re out of town, or create a listing for a vacation house, if you have one.

If you’ve enjoyed staying in Airbnb rentals, becoming a host is a way to give back to the Airbnb community and welcome other families into your neighborhood.

Being an Airbnb Host Comes Naturally

When Roger and three college roommates moved into the guest apartment at one of their grandparents’ homes in California, they were thrilled to be near the beach and take surf lessons. They soon realized that to afford more surfing lessons, each roommate could list his bed on Airbnb any time he was traveling. As an Airbnb host, posting the listing is free.

When the grandparents learned what the boys were doing, they decided to keep two spare bedrooms listed on Airbnb. They have enjoyed having visitors — and making friends – ever since. In fact, there are hundreds of thousands of senior Airbnb hosts over age 60 worldwide, and they receive a higher percentage of five-star reviews than any other demographic. Hooray for grandparents!

Earn Money By as an Airbnb Host and Listing Your Home

Airbnb host and guest in Portland, Oregon
Airbnb host and guest in Portland, Oregon

Lindsay is a mom we know who had been listing the ground floor studio in her Brooklyn brownstone on Airbnb for about a year. She met so many guests as an Airbnb host that she felt comfortable with, that she planned a two-week summer vacation for her family and listed her entire house on Airbnb.

That extra income gave Lindsay’s family enough mad money to stay away longer, visit a few theme parks and have some special meals at places her foodie daughter wanted to try. She didn’t need to worry about her home because Airbnb has a $1 million Host Guarantee policy. Now, Lindsay plans ahead before school vacations so that she can virtually “meet” and correspond with renters, many of whom are families too. It’s easy.

It’s Easy to Get Started as an Airbnb Host

Airbnb hosts are given a lot of guidance through their host portal, on how to set up a listing, what to provide guests and tips and tricks on setting fees, managing rentals and earning host rewards and incentives. You can list your entire home or spare rooms depending on what works best for you.

An Airbnb host family
An Airbnb host family

With nearly 13 million listings around the world, and one billion guest arrivals since they began in 2007, the Airbnb eco-system is working well for a lot of Airbnb hosts and even more travelers.

Travel? Retirement? What would you do with the extra money you could earn as an Airbnb host by listing your home on Airbnb? List your home on Airbnb and let it earn money while you’re away on vacation. You’ll find more information and details on being an Airbnb host here.

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