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Don't make these rookie Airbnb mistakes

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Since it was founded in 2008, Airbnb has changed the hospitality game and provided plenty of <a href="https://www.theactivetimes.com/travel/these-are-strangest-hotels-america" target="_blank">fascinating lodging experiences</a> for travelers around the world. Not only is it a great way to <a href="https://www.theactivetimes.com/travel/content/tips-tricks-saving-hotel-rooms" target="_blank">save on a hotel stay</a>, but booking with Airbnb also often connects you with locals, giving you a more authentic experience as well as access to someone with local knowledge. While it’s used as <a href="https://www.theactivetimes.com/travel/airbnb-vs-hotels-which-one-should-you-choose" target="_blank">an alternative to hotels</a>, however, staying at an <a href="https://www.thedailymeal.com/travel/50-top-rated-airbnb-vacation-homes-america" target="_blank">Airbnb is a completely different ballgame</a>. You’re usually dealing with someone who isn’t a hospitality professional when using Airbnb, and the process of booking and checking in is vastly different from when you’re checking into a hotel. If you’ve never stayed at an Airbnb before, there can be a bit of a learning curve when it comes to <a href="https://www.thedailymeal.com/entertain/unspoken-houseguest-rules-gallery" target="_blank">being a guest</a>. For a smooth and enjoyable first stay, make sure you don’t make these rookie Airbnb mistakes. (This story originally appeared on <a href="https://www.theactivetimes.com/travel/rookie-airbnb-guest-mistakes" target="_blank">The Active Times</a>.)

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