Make Your Dream Trip a Reality — With the Help of Airbnb

Hi, my name is Dineo Zonke Maduna and I love travelling. In September 2018 I left my 9-5 day job in South Africa and I am now living my dream travelling the world fulltime!

Airbnb has made travel more accessible for me. This hotel and rental platform offers travellers unique and tailored ways to experience new destinations. Alternative lodging tends to be more my thing and Airbnb is my favourite platform for booking accommodation during my travels.

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In this post I will be discussing how to earn credit on Airbnb and how to become an Airbnb host. So, sit back and continue reading to find out how you can make your dream trip a reality.

1. Get R 600 / 40 USD off your first Airbnb booking

Airbnb offers a great referral system which allows you to gift discounts to friends who register using your referral link. You can earn travel credit by inviting a friend to Airbnb, or from being invited by a friend. To earn credit, the person being invited needs to:

  • Be new to Airbnb, and not already have an Airbnb account
  • Sign up through the invite link sent by their friend
  • Once you’re an Airbnb user, you can earn more credit by inviting friends.

When that friend completes a booking, you receive credit that you can spend on Airbnb. With enough credit, you can book accommodation for free!


2. Become an Airbnb host

Being an Airbnb host also serves as a great way to earn extra cash for traveling.

You’ve no doubt seen the exotic treehouses, cozy home-stays, and chic apartments available on Airbnb, and if you’re like me, you’ve probably bookmarked a few as travel inspiration. The home-sharing website is famous for inspiring fantasy vacations, but did you know it can also help you save for that dream trip?

Getting started

Airbnb makes it simple to earn extra money by 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. However you choose to host, Airbnb offers support that makes jumping into entrepreneurship unintimidating. The online process to create a listing is pretty quick and easy—you write descriptions of your space, upload photos, and mark dates your space is available to travelers. And it’s always free to create a listing.

Your earnings

So just how much could you make hosting on Airbnb? Find out what hosts in your area are making, and start imagining the possibilities. Besides saving for travel, Airbnb hosts use their extra income to pay off student loans, upgrade their home (kitchen remodel, anyone?), and pursue their passions. Airbnb makes the payment process simple, too. Guests are charged when a reservation is made, and funds are typically released to hosts 24 hours after check-in. How you’re paid is up to you: You can set up direct deposit, PayPal, or a number of other options.

Host support

Once you’re a host, Airbnb has all kinds of cool tools to help you feel comfortable and confident welcoming guests. You can find hosting tips on the Airbnb blog and get your questions answered by experienced, successful hosts in the Community Center. Nervous about the safety of your home and belongings when you’re away? Airbnb’s got your back: In the rare event an accident happens, your property is covered up to a million dollars when you host—it’s peace of mind for you at no extra charge. And as for the folks staying at your place, everyone who travels on Airbnb needs to submit a profile photo and confirmed phone number and email address. For extra assurance, you can also require your guests to submit a government-issued ID.

Hometown pride

Hosting can also help you show off what makes your city great. Nothing’s more frustrating than meeting a visitor on the last day of their trip and hearing that they only saw the tourist haunts. When you welcome travelers from around the world as a host on Airbnb, you get to introduce them to all that makes your neighborhood great—and drive more business to your favorite local shops.

Start hosting now, and you can start earning extra money toward your own adventure!

What would you do with extra money every week? Hosts on Airbnb use the income they earn to save for retirement or travel.


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Thank you for reading,

Dineo Zonke.


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