I was raised in a very hippie ambiance, where my parents traveled all over staying with friends all the time. Every summer we traveled to different locations, the South of Argentina, or the amazing north of Brazil and in every trip I remember, we stayed at people's homes. Friends, or friends of friends. Never hotels!
This method of traveling, allowed my parents to take vacations in a small budget, and also gain insights about the places we visited staying with locals. In return we always had friends staying with us in Buenos Aires from all over the world, and those visits enriched my life as much as the travels themselves. This is perhaps the most valuable things my parents gave me growing up, and the reason why I believe in the mission of airbnb.
The thing I like the most about traveling is the feeling of being in a completely different place, getting lost, ordering food pointing with a finger... I always try to visit a market, and my favorite foods tends to be sold on the streets. Japan and India are definitively places where I felt that way.
Incredible nature is another thing I enjoy witnessing when I travel. The Grand Canyon, The Dead Sea, and the stars that can be seen from Culebra, in Puerto Rico, are probably the most amazing things I've seen. In terms of architecture, the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, and the tiny stairs on a path to medieval times in Dubrovnik, Croatia stand out. The warmest people I met didn't have shoes or running water in Canoa Quebrada, Brazil and danced to the rhythm of their hearts in Cartagena, Colombia.
Every single place I visited has been special, either near my native home in Buenos Aires, or close to my current one, in the US. And definitively, most definitively very far away from both. I can't wait to continuing discovering places, nature, people, music and lots and lots of food.