Hosting and Guesting on Airbnb

19.9.16

I've been thinking a lot about the concept of home lately. Where I feel at home? What makes me feel at home? How I'm a homebody. And I've been thinking about how I love to share my home. I recently remembered that as a kid I wanted to run a guest house. I guess I already had the hospitality bug back then.

I've already done a post about how hospitality enriches life. That post was about hospitality in general, but I also wanted to share about our wonderful experiences with Airbnb as guests and hosts. Airbnb is a website on which private people can rent out rooms in their homes, or their whole flats to people traveling to their area.


We began our love for Airbnb as guests. As a traveler, Airbnb a great way to have cheap accommodation and to stay in a more comfortable space than at a hostel or hotel. Generally you have access to a kitchen, which is nice for preparing breakfasts and making tea in the evenings. But it's also fun to get to know locals and get some insider tips about places to go and see in their town. We've stayed in people's homes in Amsterdam, Berlin, and London. Again, I'm a 30 year old, home body, who generally travels on a budget so staying at someone's home when traveling is a lot more comfortable for me than a shared bedroom in a hostel.


As a host, it's not only a great source of extra moneys but a fun way to meet people and share your cozy space with them. There is a great accountability system in place on the website which rates the guests and hosts on communication and cleanliness, etc. It's also great because the payments happen through the website which gives both parties some security, and just saves for that awkward moment of asking for payment in person. We have yet to have guests who were disruptive, or super messy. They have all been very pleasant and fun to host.

About two years ago, a couple arrived at our home, just excited to have a home-base after having backpacked for 3 weeks. The man was a chef and they voluntarily and lovingly slaved away in our kitchen preparing us an amazing meal, which we enjoyed in the garden together. This is just one example of a lot of fun guests we have had over the years. And you get paid for this! The extra cash is great, don't get me wrong but meeting people and sharing our home is the best part.




So if you don't have a van to travel in for your next vacation, try out Airbnb. Or if you have an extra room and are interested in sharing your wicked space and getting some pocket money, try out Airbnb. You may be surprised at the good vibes and fun to be had in a shared economy experience like this.

Where is your next dream travel destination?

Thanks for reading lovelies,

Anna

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