I'm a freelance arts and culture writer (mostly travel and music). I grew up in Napa, California, and besides Brooklyn I've also lived in Santa Barbara, San Diego, Italy, Laos, San Francisco, and Nashville. I backpacked a couple chunks of the Appalachian Trail, and love any type of outdoor adventure.
I'm a certified newbie as far as Air BnB goes, although I've unofficially hosted friends, bands, artists, gypsies, buskers, wizards, and many other people throughout the years.
I think the most important things you bring back from your travels are the relationships you've made along the way, and there's no better place than New York City to meet new, inspiring, mind-blowing people.