I'm a Brooklyn-based freelance arts and culture writer. I grew up in Napa, California, and I've lived in Santa Barbara, San Diego, Italy, Laos, San Francisco, and Nashville. Travel and music are my two great loves. They're still arm wrestling to see who gets the title belt; they've been at it for years.
I'm a certified newbie as far as Airbnb goes, but I've unofficially hosted friends, bands, artists, gypsies, buskers, wizards, and many other people throughout the years.
I think traveling, and most of life, really, is about the relationships you make along the way. And I think Airbnb is a great way to become acquainted with a local culture as a guest, or to share your culture with others as a host.