1. Pick a home or apartment in a safe neighborhood.
Don't judge a book by its cover. Just because you found an adorable place with really cool furniture at a great price, location still matters. The Airbnb that you fell in love with could be in an unsafe neighborhood with sketchy people, so be sure to do some research before you commit to a spot.
2. Say no to shared or private rooms.
When booking an Airbnb abroad, keep in mind that living and hygiene standards are often different outside of America. Beware of smelly homes and unwashed sheets. Check out reviews to make sure that the Airbnb owner is known for maintaining the place well and opt for an entire home or apartment instead of sharing an apartment with potentially dangerous (and smelly) others.
3. Keep in mind that Airbnbs are listed in dollars, even though you will be charged in the currency of the Airbnb's location.
So you found your dream apartment which is only $800 dollars for the weekend in the 6th Arrondissement. This rental is actually €800 which will be a bit more expensive. Hopefully, it is still in your price range, as if you remember steps 1 and 2, it’s sometimes better to splurge to ensure safety and good conditions. Pay close attention when booking in countries (like England) where there is a strong difference between the America dollar and the foreign currency, as this can make your trip much more expensive.