Currently, there are over 800,000 Airbnb listings in more than 34,000 cities and 190 countries. With upwards of 20 million guests, it’s safe to say that Airbnb has nestled its way into the hearts of many a traveler.
It’s really not surprising that the masses have been charmed by Airbnb, right? Because as exciting as it is to make travel plans for, say, a vacation, there’s always that little tinge of anxiety about leaving the comforts of home (at least for some of us). But Airbnb offers something to assuage that anxiety by allowing you to stay in another person’s home. No, this is not the same as being in your own space, but some might argue that it’s more comforting than the sometimes methodical feel of a hotel.
And the icing on the cake? While you’re away on your vacation, Airbnb allows you to make some money with your empty space – also known as hosting.
Airbnb’s story is not just “unique travel experiences,” affordable prices and monetizing your unused space. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on the audience), there are laws in place that are meant to limit when, where and how you can list your space.