Time to update my profile, last written when I had just got back from travelling in 2012. I am someone who enjoys travelling and it was while I was away in 2011 that I discovered airbnb.Earlier this year I also used airbnb successfully on a wonderful trip to Colombia, also using airbnb for the beginning part of my trip anyway.
As I have already mentioned, I spent most of 2011 travelling in Central America and the United States. During my time away I had Spanish lessons (not fluent but can make myself understood and understand much more than I can speak) and did some voluntary work in Guatemala - interesting! Sex education classes in broken Spanish were an experience. I also worked at a malnutrition centre. I am going to have more Spanish lessons in Colombia.
While away I discovered how much I like the outdoors - I worked on an organic farm for a month and did lots of hiking in some gorgeous places (Zion, Lassen, Grand Canyon, Yosemite and others). I also camped for the first time in my life (alone...).Once I survived the first night I was fine. I also discovered I enjoyed road tripping - I drove alone from California to New Orleans where a friend met me and we completed the west to east coast tour. Fabulous!
The old adage that you can be much more lonely in a crowded place that when you are completely alone is true. I loved my solo road trip yet I found crowded Panama (Bocas del Torro) very lonely being older than most people I met there (I am not old, just not 22 anymore) and not into going out major partying every night! I was surprised how much I enjoyed being by myself as I wound my way across the southern states. Of course, it would have been lovely to share all my experiences but not everyone gets to quit their jobs and take a year out.
I consider myself a very honest and trustworthy person. I am a pretty independent person. I am fairly serious minded although I enjoy a good giggle with my friends - I have a fairly dark sense of humour. Travelling has taught me that we don't really need very much. However, my laptop saved my sanity on occasions while I was away - being able to watch a favourite film or TV programme while you are feeling lonely is a great comfort. Also being able to (website hidden) friends and family when you've been on your own for a while. But I survived without a different change of clothes or pair of shoes every day of the week (not that I am a great shoe collector anyway). Hasn't stopped me buying lotsof things I missed while I was away when I got back though. I was delighted to discover Helmann's (Best Foods) mayonnaise is available everywhere!
As a guest I think I am probably pretty flexible and don't need a place to be a Hilton. I do need it to be clean though. Mind you, I survived a month in a shed on the farm... As a host, I think I have done a fairly good job!? I have really enjoyed having people to stay with me and I have met some lovely people.I realise how important it is to be made comfortable in a new place and I hope I am welcoming and helpful. You can really make or break someone's experience so I hope I would enable someone to have a wonderful time while staying in the massive and eclectic city of London.