Vacation Rentals: Airbnb

I think I’m a bit late to this party… I just discovered the Airbnb website.  Here’s a description:

Called the “Ebay for space” by Time Magazine, Airbnb is an online marketplace allowing anyone from private residents to commercial properties to rent out their extra space. The reputation-based site allows for user reviews, verification, and secure online transactions. Listings include vacation rentals, private rooms, entire apartments, bed and breakfasts, boutique hotels, castles, treehouses, and many other traditional and non-traditional accommodations.

I’ve been poking around the site, and have noticed two things:

1. Next time we’re on holiday that isn’t home exchange, and we’re leaving our house empty, I’m definitely putting our place up for rent.

2. There are some amazing properties here – really cool, non-traditional vacation dwellings.  Like the airplane-turned-hotel in Costa Rica, a house shaped like a boot in New Zealand, two different castles in the UK,  and a mushroom-domed cabin in Calfornia (pictured above).   See the Top 40 coolest listings on Airbnb here.

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