Live in Clifton, Bristol, UK with my wife Jo and three boys (7, 4 and 2). We're incredibly lucky to live in a big and pretty Victorian house which I painstakingly refurbished 5 years ago - a process that took me 18 months of hard slog and most likely the rest of my life to repay :-) Probably also the cause of my rapidly greying hair! Totally worth it though - we love our pad and everyone who visits falls in love with it too.
I've worked in technology or digital businesses nearly all my career (had a lot of fun during the crazy internet boom in the late nineties) and most recently I've started a website called Gettus! that will help people get better deals on the things they need to buy.
I'm a big fan of "Collaborative Consumption". Collaborative what?! It's the term that describes services like Airbnb which enable people like us to offer things we own (cars, homes, tools and so on) to people like you so that both parties benefit socially and financially. In some cases there can be small environmental benefits too.
We used to own a second car that we offered on WhipCar (a website just like Airbnb but for renting out your car to others) and that was a great success until we decided we no longer needed the car :)
We think the whole idea of letting others enjoy our house is a real win-win because we've got plenty of space we're not using, we love meeting new people and we find the extra income handy, especially while I'm working on my start-up business. We've previously had paying guests stay with us - international students on language courses, friends of relatives and so on - so I thought we'd give Airbnb a go because it seems a perfect fit and frankly everyone is raving about it. I intend to use it myself when I travel in future.
We love to travel the world whenever possible although it's not quite so easy these days with 3 kids. Luckily Jo works for British Airways as a member of cabin crew which means we can occasionally hop on the plane with her to somewhere amazing. It also means she gets to meet loads of interesting people onboard the plane - so Airbnb is a natural extension of what she does already.
Some of our favourite / most visited places are:
USA - adore San Francisco, NYC is a really special place for us, and of course time with the kids in Florida :) Jo travels to the US with her work very frequently.
Singapore - possibly the cleanest and nicest city on earth?
Hong Kong - crazy and awesome place with really special memories for us.
Australia - Sydney, Hamilton Island and Queensland in general.
Spain - we absolutely LOVE Spain and I could happily move there tomorrow.
Tokyo - had the time of our lives there but it was a tad stressful trying to get the train!
Sao Paulo, Brazil - vibrant city, amazing people. Been there 3 times now (twice for Forumla 1 Grand Prix).
I'm a Formula 1 fanatic by the way - McLaren supporter forever!
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