I'm considering using 'airbnb' for an apartment rental for a vacation. I have never used this service before so am looking for help, tips, advise, etc.
Firstly, are there any issues with using the service in the first place, please?
Then, provided it's OK to use this organisation, are there any advice about things to check and take precautions about regarding payments, owners, hidden fees, other charges, or other aspects of the actual booking process that I should be observant about?
How easy is it to get owners to respond to enquiries via the online dialogue boxes? As I'm looking to book in a country with a very different time zone and where English isn't the local language, I don't think a phone call will help me, so I need to get all my info from the website or the messaging feature.
Any other advice and recommendations much appreciated.