Here’s another lovely benefit of writing this blog – I hear from so many people who know WAY more about travel than I do and they offer great new ideas for me to check into. How cool is that? Very actually! And that’s how I came to learn about Airbnb from Suzie, a lovely woman with a lot more travel miles on her rollie than the hubs and I have right now.
I’d heard of this new player in travel accommodation but, frankly I thought it was sort of a step up from couch surfing and I’ve decided that’s probably not for us (at least right now). Boy, was I wrong. According to the founders (three young men in their late 20’s) it all started several years ago when these guys decided to buy some blow up mattresses and offer them (along with a tasty breakfast and local hospitality) to a few of young creative types who were attending a creative design conference in San Francisco where they lived.
Hence the original name Air Bed and Breakfast. I am always tickled by creative ideas and love it when creativity + passion + vision + hard work = major success.
According to their website, it turns out that a whole lotta people were looking for places to stay where the “hospitality was genuine and the M&Ms didn’t cost $6. The guests got insight into the city from a fresh, local perspective and an interesting place to stay at a very reasonable price.” Bingo! Airbnb took off and now offers diverse accommodations in over 26,000 cities and 192 countries around the world.
So, of course I took myself for a little cruise on the airbnb site and found every imaginable kind of place to stay. For $71 a night you can rent a lovely domed cave house in Cataluna, Spain from Eve. Or, for $85 a night you can stay in this yurt in the trees near Ashland OR with Becky and Sidney as your hosts. We could do this for a long weekend! Or maybe, a small apartment on an agriturismo farm owned by Francesco and his family. They make sheep’s milk cheese. You name it, someone is offering you the opportunity to stay in it – cabins, rustic retreats, repurposed buildings, yurts, castles, boats, lofts, apartments – the list is endless. And, of course, you can always rent a bedroom in someone’s home, often with meals and lots of social interaction. Brilliant idea! Let’s get packing.