Airbnb Launches New Safety Product For Solo Travelers

Airbnb Launches New Safety Product For Solo Travelers
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Given the safety issues posed by traveling on your own, there is a relief knowing that trust and safety within the solo travel community are gaining emphasis. Airbnb recently reported that over a quarter of the bookings made in 2021 and half of the long-term stays in the first quarter of 2022 were by solo travelers. The trend of solo traveling continues to rise in popularity so Airbnb is launching new safety and security features to further promote safe travels. Learn more about this new safety product for solo travels below.

Solo Traveler in-app experience

Solo traveler in-app experience
Source: Airbnb

Airbnb is calling its latest update the Solo Traveler in-app experience which is primarily focused on solo guests staying in either private or shared rentals. Once booked, the specialized in-app experience activates and begins offering expert tips that you can try out.

Airbnb's in-app feature for solo travelers
Source: Airbnb

Enhancing the new feature is another key element that allows solo travelers to easily share the details of their reservation itinerary with a trusted person. The itinerary information includes the listing address, reservation code, and check-in and out dates which you can privately disclose to an important contact in rare cases of emergencies that may arise during your stay.

Solo traveler in-app product
Source: Airbnb

You can now also send automated and suggested prompts to your Host after the booking is confirmed. Airbnb is providing pre-trip questions that you can ask the Host to give you a better understanding of the listing and neighborhood. These questions are researched and incited from the detailed experiences and local insights of solo travelers that kept them safe while they were away.

The Solo Traveler experience is accessible to all gender identities and is currently available to English-language users only. However, Airbnb plans to roll it out to additional countries and languages in 2023 and extend the coverage of stays by including entire home listings.

Safety features available to all users

Solo traveler
Source: Airbnb

With safety being of utmost importance to Airbnb, the company has longstanding products to promote safe and secure travel experiences. The 24-hour Safety Line is an in-app product that allows you to have access to specially-trained safety agents whenever you feel unsafe during active reservations.

Another 24/7 in-app tool that can add an extra tier of safety to your trips is the Local Emergency Services, a handy feature that quickly connects you to local emergency services such as 911. Unlike the 24-hour Safety Line, you can take advantage of the service whether or not your currently staying in an Airbnb home. It was recently expanded to 70 countries and regions and is essentially helpful for solo travelers embarking on places where they are unfamiliar with local police numbers.

These existing tools work alongside an Account Settings tool that allows you to add an emergency contact person to your profile. The provided information is only visible to Airbnb.

Going solo? Not a problem!

Purposefully integrating safety and security with solo traveling at the core, Airbnb hopes to better equip solo travelers with expert tips and information, more so to let the most important people in their lives know about the details of their next vacation.

It is reassuring that companies like Airbnb take traveler’s safety seriously. With these new Airbnb safety products for traveling implemented, going on a solo trip will be more safe and secure.

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