I'm a native New Yorker who grew up on an airplane. My mom was a flight attendant and my sister works for the airlines, too. Most of my family and close friends are overseas or in the western US, so I travel often and have guests even more often. We generally share sofas, floors, guest rooms, or hostels (when we're traveling together) with one another and we all have an open door policy. I've been renting apartments from people and renting my places out for over a decade - long before airbnb came on the scene (even before C's list, actually), and have found that travelers who prefer to stay in homes tend to be more respectful than those who prefer hotels. I am grateful to say I never, ever had a problem with the people who rented my home. It's a courtesy I'm happy to pay forward.
I'm an entrepreneur, I can work from anywhere, so long as I have phone and internet, and often do. Although it's recommended to connect to social media, I don't because it's not really something I use - I am, however, always happy to answer questions via email or phone and will send you photos or ID or referrals from people I've rented from or who rented from me previously.
I've lived in Germany, France, Australia, Puerto Rico, the Turks and Caicos, the Bahamas, Montana, Seattle, DC, CT, and NY. The best part has always been the people and the stories they share. I've been a waitress, a photographer, a translator, a deckhand, a youth leader, I've done Search and Rescue in the mountains, and sailed from Puerto Rico to Trinidad. I'm not done yet, and I'm always looking for inspiring stories from others, so consider yourself invited to share.