How to be a super AirBnB host – with or without the badge

We have now used AirBnB in over 15 countries, so we know the drill. We’ve stayed with “Superhosts,” first-time hosts and everything in between.

We quickly learned that the “Superhost” distinction awarded by AirBnB, indicated by a bright pink and yellow medal superimposed onto the host’s profile photo, is awarded based on metrics alone, and that staying with a superhost doesn’t guarantee a good stay any more than a solid 5-star overall rating would.  Continue reading “How to be a super AirBnB host – with or without the badge”

Readjusting to American life – A reflection on long term travel and the future

As many of you know, we’ve been back and settled for quite a while now, and I’ve taken a long hiatus from blogging as I’ve been trying to think about where to take this blog next – on top of all of the other thoughts that have been constantly flying through my mind. I’m currently studying for the LSAT (ugh) and we’re starting to plan our wedding. Continue reading “Readjusting to American life – A reflection on long term travel and the future”

Why we didn’t go to Israel

When we originally planned our travels to the Middle Eastern region, we had intended to base ourselves in Egypt, but also make trips across the border to Israel and Jordan. To my disappointment, we ended up not going due to safety concerns.

Egypt and Israel, within their own borders, are generally safe to visit. However, after consulting with various locals we met throughout our stay in Egypt, it became clear that very few people cross the Egyptian-Israeli border, so nobody could give us a first-hand account of the current border conditions. Continue reading “Why we didn’t go to Israel”