Travel writer Sam Wainwright has been using Airbnb for about a year, and he says it has helped him make friends with people he never would have met before.
“It’s really made a big difference in my life, to be honest,” he says.
“I’ve been able to meet some amazing people who are very well-read, intelligent, creative people.
It’s made me feel really at ease in a way I didn’t even know I had before.”
But Wainbeck is just one of a growing number of Airbnb hosts who are also discovering they can’t resist the company’s high prices.
Airbnb’s business model is based on the idea that the host is responsible for making the experience for guests, but in practice that is not always the case.
“The way I see it, you are responsible for the cost of the service and that includes everything from hosting and all the logistics,” says Wainowski.
“You don’t get any profit from it.
It really depends on how you want to do it, and if you want it to be really fun for the host, or you want your guests to feel good, or maybe it’s just your job.”
Airbnb’s most popular hosts are often young professionals, often with multiple jobs, and they say they are willing to take on extra responsibilities to make sure guests are comfortable with the experience.
Airbnb says it helps host owners by offering “a range of services” including: Guest services: Hosts can hire personal assistants, travel agencies, and even personal stylists to help guests with their booking.
Guest services can also help the hosts with “a variety of technical issues, including but not limited to: scheduling appointments, scheduling cancellations, and ensuring that guests can return to their hotel at a later time.