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How I Use Airbnb to Fund your Travels

I recently started hosting on Airbnb and quickly realized that with a few tricks I learned in marketing classes, I can fund my travels pretty easy. You don’t necessarily need the fanciest place to be successful on Airbnb, you just need to provide a clean space that meets guest needs when they need it.

In order to help you get your travels funded by Airbnb, I included a few tips I picked up from marketing classes that may help you get more guest and fund your traveling.

Tip 1: Create a space that fits your target guest.

If you are offering a shack, then don’t try and dress it up as a mansion. This will help guest feel like you are deliveringsurf-shack-airbnb what you said you would, and will
also help potential guest feel at ease that you aren’t over promising.

If you aren’t sure who your target guest is, than try this; analyze yourself. People who will enjoy living in your space are probably similar to you because you already live there, and hopefully you enjoy your living space.

Now that you have identified yourself as a target guest, analyze what you love or hate about your space. Do you have great natural lighting, maybe a great location or a giant bathroom? What ever it is, sell it.  As for what you hate about your space, maybe you need to decorate, or get new pillows. Find solutions that would make you love your space and invest some time and a little money to make it happen.

airbnb-appTip 2: Research your competition – other local Airbnb listings

The fact that you have competition is a good. It means that there is a market in your area for Airbnb, and it also
means you have something to compare yourself to.

There isn’t any point to comparing yourself to a mansion if you live in a shack because they are outside of your target market. Instead, pay attention to the competition that is similar to yours, or slightly “better.”

When you compare your listing to others near you, look at the photos, the descriptions, the ratings and the comments. Find what you like about their listings and see how you can incorporate them into your own space and listing. Also pay attention to who is getting the most bookings and see if there is something you can adjust – maybe your prices or restrictions for applying.

Tip 3: Add “Icing on the cake” with your photosbed

You already know that a picture speaks a thousand words, but more importantly, you have to convince someone to click on your listing within 2 seconds of being seen or your listing will just be scrolled past.

In addition to good lighting and high definition, you also have to look at the composition of your photos. With each of your photos, put “icing on the cake.” Many successful Airbnb gurus suggest that staging a room, for example putting a bottle of wine with a cheese plate on the bed for your picture, will be the icing on the cake that results in more clicks to your listing and in consequence, more visitors booking.

Do you have some tips that you would like to share as well? Please comment below with your suggestions – your tip may be just what someone needs to start paying for their travel and vacation!

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3 Quick Tips to Make Your Vacation Photos Better

Recently I posted an article about leaving your camera at home. I know your family and friends may be disappointed if you don’t send them any photos so here are some ways to make a few photos go a long way.

These tips are meant to help you create great photos so that you feel like you have enough great pictures to put your camera away and enjoy the moments.

Tip 1: Only take a photo if the lighting is right

Even with Photoshop, there is only so much you can do to an over-exposed image and hard shadows. On over-exposed image is a result from too much light and hard shadows create distractions on peoples faces. If you are unsure of what I am talking about, go and look at the face of someone in a National Geographic magazine – do you see any shadows on their face, in fact, are there shadows at all?

One rule of thumb to make sure you have the right lighting is to take photos when there is an overcast. No clouds in sight? Try an evening or early morning shot when the shadows can be avoided.

Tip 2: Take a picture of something other than who you look at in the mirror everyday

If you are trying to share the place or the experience, then take a picture of that. Selfies are fun, especially when you are trying to brag on snapchat and we all love getting pictures of our friends making funny faces, but we save pictures of places and experiences.

If the purpose of taking the photo is to share it with others, then think of what they would love to see the most. Maybe your grandma does want a picture of you, but if you are going to be in the shot, at least make it a photo of you doing something amazing.

Tip 3: Recognize angles and depth before you press the button

One of the biggest mistakes people do when they are taking pictures is that they take it from an angle that doesn’t get the full picture, or they zoom in so much that they lose the story that comes from the surrounding area.

Before you take the picture, ask yourself “what makes this moment worth taking a picture?” Once you have answered that question, then take a picture of the answer. The whole answer.

What do you think? Does creating a few amazing pictures make it easier for you to put the camera away? How about your photo experience and tips? Share them with us in a comment below.

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