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ERIN & JAY

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Hi there! We’re Erin and Jay, and we’re so happy you’re visiting bnbNomad. We discovered Airbnb in the spring of 2017 when we embarked on a nomadic adventure exploring North America. With our lanky pup Odin in tow, we lived for a year in Airbnbs, working remotely during the day and soaking in our surroundings by night. From New England farms to Southwest cabins, our generous hosts and their distinctive homes made our adventures more incredible than we could have imagined. As avid Airbnb travelers, bnbNomad is our small way of giving back to a community we love. We share the hosting tricks we adore as guests, feature homes and destinations from our journeys, and give travelers around the world an inside look at the unique perspective Airbnb has to offer.

Let’s talk Airbnb photos! As guests, we make almost all of our booking decisions based on an Airbnb’s photos. As we swipe through a sea of thumbnails, the quality of the photos becomes a proxy for the quality of the Airbnb itself. Everything else in the Airbnb listing—the description, the amenities, the stars—become tools to verify that our stay will actually live up to the expectations set in the pictures. This is why the photos matter so much: they’re the very top of your marketing funnel. All of your bookings, revenue, and reviews start with this visual first impression. So our goal is to help you create an irresistible series of photographs that grabs the attention of your ideal guest and doesn’t let go. After years of photographing Airbnbs for blog posts and one-on-one consultations with hosts, we’ve broken down our professional photography shoot routine into this step-by-step guide. 

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From tattered barn to exquisite Airbnb, here is an incredible renovation that will inspire hosts and guests alike. After years of vacationing in Maine, Peggy and Larry made Rockport their home and turned their attached barn into a stunning suite ready to welcome travelers to the MidCoast. The moment we walked into the space, we were smitten. Peggy’s design showed us just how incredible an Airbnb interior could be. A black and white designer, her creation was striking, intuitive, and oh so comfortable. 

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Well, it finally happened. After years of extensive Airbnb travel, we’ve officially jumped ship after arriving at a bad Airbnb. Once we’d seen the place in person, we reloaded our bags into the trunk and headed down the road to a nondescript hotel chain, knowing full well that we’d eat the cost of the one night booking. After a long day in the car, we were exhausted, and had no intention of calling Airbnb to go round and round about the grime and the misleading location and how the host might remedy the situation. We just wanted to sleep. So we left, weighed down by a recognizable concoction of doubt, frustration, disappointment, and regret. While this was the first time we’d actually abandoned an Airbnb reservation, this was not the first time we had experienced Airbnb buyer’s remorse.

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