I have joined the AirBNB community just recently. Some friends and colleagues advised me about the network, and what I heard from them really sounded amazing and inspiring. To me the basic thrill is to make traveling more authentic and to get in touch with the reality of people on the ground, in particular when travelling on one's own, which I sometimes do.
A few weeks ago, I ventured onto my first experience with AirBNB when spending a few days in Madrid to attend a work-related workshop. It was my first place to try it out, and it was a truly exciting experience.
Now I am preparing a 2-3 week vacation in the place of places - NYC! It has to be in the summer heat, but that is the only time I can get away from my job. I have not been in NYC for 15 years, and I am very excited as to how it has changed, or not.