Look, I already can’t breathe since Queen Bey dropped her new video “Formation” on Saturday. I find myself singing clips from the lyrics in my sleep…or while eating my oatmeal at breakfast. I’ve also convinced #bae to let me take his bourgeois foody ass to Red Lobster…
But beyond her incomparable awesomeness, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Beyonce used Airbnb during Super Bowl 50 weekend to provide her housing accommodations. Her home may have cost $10k per night, but you can find fabulous places the world over for less than $100.
Before Uber and Lyft, there was Airbnb, mother of the sharing economy.
Airbnb is an alternative to hotels and an upgrade from crowdsurfing, with many benefits. Airbnb makes housing super accommodating and affordable. Gone are the days where you need to spend $200+ per night for a nice hotel and clean bed.
Airbnb gave me my first introduction to real estate…
…and allowed me to create community AND be financial supported. I began by renting out my spare bedroom in 2014 after i’d lost my job. Within one month, my rent was cut to only $250/month. Within three months, I was renting out my entire apartment, making rent PLUS $350/month! Those dollars went into my pocket…not onto a corporate spreadsheet.
I was not afraid to host people in my home. Every guest and host is screened, and one must submit a copy of their government ID, in addition to other safety measures, to prove one’s identity. Horror stories of abusive guests are FEW and FAR between, and hosts are protected up to $1,000,000 with the Airbnb Host Guarantee. So when you rent our your bedroom or home, no need to worry about broken lamps.
I’ve stayed in Airbnb lodging all over the country, and can’t wait to try locations in other countries. You should see what beautiful and affordable housing is available in Brazil for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics games!
Airbnb isn’t just for travel housing. Here’s some other uses that i’ve tried:
- Not getting along with your roommate? Find a place in the city for a week (or a few months…sometimes hosts are willing to negotiate rates)
- Are you an artist in need of a sabbatical? Airbnb it!
- Want to host a nice gathering for friends? You guessed it!
- Stranded in a city for an extra night? Find a nice home nearby
There was once a time where people of many cultures accepted strangers and travelers with open arms. But we now live in a world riddled by fear. Airbnb is helping the global community to make a comeback by reintroducing trust in the world, one stay (or Creole Diva) at a time.
My gifts to you!