I live in Stamford CT, which is about 35 miles outside of NYC.
I travel often; domestically and internationally for business and pleasure, my favorite trips are with my family. When I travel I'm more interested in learning about local culture than I am in seeing famous sights. I seek out the neighborhood where I would like to live if I were to move to town, and when I return I do my best to experience that neighborhood as a local by renting a house or apartment rather than staying in a hotel, frequenting the restaurants and meeting the people.
Traveling in this way I've learned that people and the way that they live around the world are more alike than different. This was an eye opener for me, I'm trying to share this world view with my kids and Air BnB is a big part of our lesson plan.