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Hey, I'm Michelle!
Toronto, Ontario, Canada · Member since April 2011
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I love to travel and just discovered airbnb a couple years ago! The second time I went to Paris I had the good luck to have a friend's lovely apartment all to myself and loved feeling like I actually lived in the city. It was such a comfort to be able to cook and truly relax after sightseeing all day. I'm so excited to try out airbnb for my next trip!

I've been to both Paris and London three times, Rome, Florence, Venice, Liberia, Grenada, the Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Ithaca (NY), NYC, Orlando, Vancouver, Halifax, St John NB, Montreal, Quebec, San Jose, San Francisco, Sydney and Melbourne, Bangkok/Chiang Mai/Phuket... Really I would like to see as much of the world as possible.

There's no avoiding the touristy things when you're traveling, but I like to try to see a city as much from the eyes of a resident as possible. To really experience the city rather than simply impose myself on it. That's one of the things that has drawn me to airbnb. I find when you stay in a hotel, it's a great chance to meet people from your own country, but that's not really the point when you go away, is it? I travel as light as possible. I'm not a big shopper so I never need much room for souvenirs or an entire new wardrobe. What I like to take back home with me are pictures and experiences. I do like to have an organized and tidy space when I'm traveling -- it's just so much nicer to come back to a clean place at the end of the day.

A perfect morning involves pyjamas and a big cup of coffee. I love live music, but find I now prefer smaller, sit-down, shows to the big stadium shows I used to love. My husband says that's because we're now *hahahaha*. I love watching all sorts of movies, but tend to prefer comedies, sci-fi and action.