Is Airbnb Safe?

If you’re trying to decide whether to stay in a hotel or rent an Airbnb on your next vacation, you may be wondering, “Is Airbnb safe?” “Is it protecting my information?” “Can I trust the host?”

Especially in regards to COVID-19, is a hotel a better option?

Here’s a breakdown of whether or not staying at an Airbnb is a safe option — pandemic included — and what you can do to help protect yourself and those around you when you travel.

How safe is Airbnb?

Airbnb is no longer a small, niche booking platform involving quirky stays in locals’ spare rooms (though that’s still an option, of course). Instead, it’s grown to a booking behemoth with some 2 million people reserving stays in homes every night in 100,000 cities and 191 countries. There are more than 6 million listings around the world: That’s more than the top five hotel chains combined, according to Airbnb.

The company states on its website that none of that would be possible without customers’ trust in the…

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This article was written by Alisha McDarris and originally published on www.nerdwallet.com