I am recently retired and love to draw, paint, dance contra, and do home exchanges. Travelling is great fun! I set up my house to be what I like when I travel.....clean, safe, quiet, with a garden for restful moments, and a local person for suggestions of things to do, directions, and bit of local history.
For the past five years I have been doing homeexchanges, in Paris (twice), Amsterday, Washington DC, Chicago, and Asheville, NC. The experiences have been so worthwhile that I decided to expand my offerings. When I found Airbnb, the rest was easy! I found an ever expanding community of travelers like me, looking for inexpensive, homely places to stay and make contact with local people. Thinking back, I suspect it all started with that movie about home exchanging, The Holiday, and Binchy's book, Tara Road, about a US-Ireland exchange..... great stories.