I'm a middle aged man, retired, married, gay, live in northern Vermont. We travel actively together, and I also travel by myself from time to time to Buddhist programs in various locations. I heard about Airbnb from friends locally who rent a room and enjoy their guests.
Our Airbnb experiences have mostly been very positive; the most recent one, in Venice, was the best yet. Tho we often stay at private places, I have loved the mix of fellow travelers at the shared places we stayed as well.
As a guest I'm allergic to dust and mold and feathers so I try to avoid those.