“I think you got scammed”
A woman traveling to the Indonesian island of Bali claims to have discovered something very strange after checking into her Airbnb.
Bree Robertson is a full-time traveler who runs Atypical Adventure, a travel blog and social media channel with tens of thousands of followers. On TikTok, Robertson (@atypical_adventure) often posts about the travel life she’s lived since quitting her nine-to-five job.
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But a recent video showed something a little less exciting. In the clip, posted in mid-July, Robertson claimed she arrived at her Airbnb in Bali only to find an “abandoned” house.
The clip shows what Robertson said was the house she booked through Airbnb. But the building looks empty and unprepared for guests.
Robertson then pointed to the overgrowth in the yard and smashed the windows of the rental house.
“Thank you, @airbnb,” Robertson captioned his post.
Speaking to Insider, Robertson said she booked Airbnb after seeing a plethora of good reviews. The property would have featured an infinity pool and an on-site restaurant. However, the restaurant would have been closed when he arrived.
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“The place was $80 and had great reviews,” Robertson wrote in a TikTok comment. “Air BnB also said the host had a 1 hour response time so I assumed they were still open.”
Robertson told Insider that she originally thought the incident was funny, but soon realized she had no place to spend the night. Luckily, she and her partner found another ad nearby. Robertson added that she got a refund from Airbnb almost immediately.
Still, commentators were clearly angered by his experience.
“Think you got scammed,” one user wrote.
“Such a shame,” added another. “It looks like a wonderful place if it’s still running.”
“There probably wasn’t anyone there since before the pandemic,” another user speculated.
Airbnb closures have been a problem in recent years, with COVID-19 significantly affecting the rental market in some areas. For example, a 2021 study by LendingTree found that some major cities saw over 40% of Airbnbs closed in the first year of the pandemic.
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