I distinctly remember the first time I heard about Airbnb, (https://www.airbnb.com), I was on the Hong Kong airport city link train, and a short blurb was showing on the train’s news feed video. I remember thinking at the time, “wow, this is going to change everything.” Understatement of the decade.
Airbnb is the first choice for accommodation among many millennials, and hey you boomers, you should be considering it to be yours as well.
I’ve long supported home-based businesses offering vacation rentals, mainly via VRBO (https://www.vrbo.com), when I’m in the States, and Bookabach , (https://www.bookabach.co.nz), when I’m in New Zealand. I find the convenience and variety these places afford to be much more to my style of travel, compared to traditional hotel stays. Most times, these rentals are located in neighbourhoods away from overcrowded tourist centres, so this gives you a chance to really get a feel for local life. And of course, as any true millennial will tell you, it’s far cheaper.
Yes, we’ve all read some of the Airbnb horror stories, (from both host and renter perspectives), but with more than 2.5 million bookings and over 4 million rental listings in over 180 countries, (2017 figures), you must admit that this travel trend is here to stay.
You can check out more about Airbnb’s future focus here https://www.airbnbcitizen.com.