I’ve realized that 007 is not just an archetype of a simple misogynist /macho but a multi-faces entity challenging time and death not to sink into depression. Beyond the delusion of pretending to be like the Star of the 007 saga, I can’t stop myself to dream about places where the iconic agent is assigned. When I’m plan my next trip I’m always looking for a place where I would sip a Vodka-Martini (ignoring duties and worries) a place that would gave me this irrepressible desire to be tasted a second then a third time (like a Dom Pérignon 1955 – Analogy of a Gastronomic fan of 007 😉 In short, an exceptional place that would even inspire the desire to…Live and let die! As today’s topic is not an analysis of Bond psyche but the disruptive Airbnb and the only question is: “How can be sure that our target (location) will be similar to its virtual description?!”
I – The quest for the perfect location = Thunderball mission! …with the Spectre of a explosive headache! 😛
If I had been paid for all nights spent to compare / reading hundreds of advices & comments – while faithfully filling my dashboard with “pros” / “cons ” – I would be as rich as Brian Chesky, Airbnb CEO ! Today, for safety reasons, I recommend a 2-Step Process: an Upstream work in solo of 2 or 3 rentals glorified by previous travelers and a confirmation from a real Pro! If people feels that calling a travel agent -or a real agent specialized in seasonal rentals- seems useless, outdated, and even anachronistic in 2018 … fatal error! I really insist on this step to show that despite thousands of internet in formations, we are never safe from a terrible disappointment or a nice discovery!
Despite my experiences I’m still blown-away by a phenomenon that persists: a free advice!
II. Airbnb: A view to a kill?
Since a decade, the American platform has revolutionized the world and the result speaks for itself: 300 million travelers have used it. Everything would be fine in the best of all words if…the best was not the enemy of the good and Airbnb is a “perfect” example! After the “bravos”, it’s shame and disgrace! Revolts and trials from Paris to Barcelona, New York, Tokyo, Berlin and San Francisco, its critics are legions! From the complaints of the locals to hotel owner’s anger, dramatic experiences of clients or owners, incivilities, scams, fake ads… What to believe and who to trust?!
Conclusion: If you want to feel SAFE: travel covered & insured! A complementary travel insurance is strongly recommended (our Visa card could not cover all incidents and we’re not the lucky owners of an Amex Centurion like 007!) My second advice is to push you to be absolutely sure of the total involvement and immediate availability of the owner (or the rental agency) they practice Anticipation, having already lived or apprehended all scenarios! Indeed, a tiny detail can be as destructive as a cluster bomb: check everything… from the aircon to the comfort of the mattress, the fridge or the electricity meter.
I must end on a positive note: My last experience when I was in Moorea in Airbnb (managed by Reva Dreams Travel) …Imagine my pleasure to see an Internet technician 6 hours after my wireless connectivity broke! That’s what I call a real “Customer Service” & it’s worth a toast …with a Dom Pérignon 1955, of course! Cheers 007!