I am a writer, teacher and researcher at RMIT University in Melbourne. I love going new places, and some old places too. I often travel with my wife, Linda and our two kids, who are excellent travelers themselves - can navigate their way around the Paris metro! Great places we've been to include Vietnam, Barcelona, New York, Caracas, Addis Ababa and quite a few parts of the Australian wilderness. I like meeting people from different cultures and finding out the little local secrets: where to get a good coffee, bookshops, local music, markets... This is why the idea of airbnb appeals to me: having an experience not so touristy.