We're an Australian couple who are expatriates living in Hong Kong—both global travelers, dedicated yogis, with an appreciation for design, architectural details and good eating.
Ever since Brian Chesky co-founded Airbnb in 2011, both Brendt and Saysana (both separately and together) have listed their (now former) home/s in Hong Kong and Sydney. They have successfully hosted and enjoyed meeting many new people in the Airbnb international community from all cultures—some who they call their friends and continue to stay in contact with.
As Airbnb hosts, aside from covering the basics (like bed and breakfast and check-in/out), our style is to be friendly and responsive to the needs of our guests. For example: It's a pleasure to give pointers to the first-time visitor who's coming without a full itinerary. We can give you the local scoop on a lot of great activities that you won't read about online or in your guide books (urban beekeeping classes? suggestions for kids? a new private kitchen opened in downtown Hong Kong?) Or, for guests who already know the city or have it all figured out or "just need a place to crash", that's cool with us too.
As Airbnb guests, we've had fantastic stays with hosts in cities such as SFS, Istanbul and Berlin—enjoying the flexible option of the homestay which often beats the generic-faceless hotel-stay (especially if travelling solo), and also for its' much more affordable rate. It pays to shop around and also to connect and build rapport (even if it's through an email interface) with your host given that you'll be staying in their homes! In that regard: We, too, recognize that Airbnb hosts make excellent guests since they treat homes as if they were our own and take extra care to return everything as it was found.
When not hosting, Brendt, a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor who also speaks Mandarin, can usually be found whiling an afternoon at the beach with a book, where he's the most happy having grown up near the water in Brisbane.
Saysana, who also speaks French, enjoys to be the eternal flaneur in big cities, roaming the markets, bazaars, hopping on a bicycle, and seeking out where the Argentine milonga may be.
Since 2013, Saysana bounces to-and-from Goa, India, where he helps manage the accommodation of a yoga retreat center during the high-peak tourism season for 4-5 months of the year. Located in the idyllic rural landscape, a 10-minute ride from Arambol beach, Samata Holistic Retreat Center hosts yoga teachers and yoga groups from all around the world—with a specific focus on ayurvedic health and diet.