My husband, David, and I love to travel but hate spending a ton of money on hotels since we're in the room only to shower and sleep. Better to spend the extra $ on restaurants and whatever else the destination has to offer.
When we travel, we want to experience as much of the destination as we can, so being out and about as much as possible is the goal. We're very active and low-maintenance people in general, and we cherish our travel time.
As houseguests, we're courteous, self-sufficient and believe in leaving the place the same or ideally better than we found it. A friend of ours who rents his cabin in Colorado never charges us to stay there (and even gave us our own key) because we do whatever cleaning and light maintenance he needs us to do, and we treat the place like our own.
Our first AirBnB experience was in December 2013, a trip to NYC to celebrate my 40th birthday. The city was amazing, as always, but having a real NY apartment to call our own for a few days made the experience even more wonderful.