Over the holidays, my husband and I took our first, much-anticipated trip to Paris, France. Rather than stay in a hotel, we decided to rent a “flat” through a website called “Airbnb” so that we could fully experience the Parisian lifestyle. For those of you that don’t know, Airbnb is a website that connects “hosts”, or property owners in various cities throughout the world, to travelers looking for lodging in those cities. Using Airbnb as a conduit, the travelers then rent a home, or even individual rooms in a home, directly from the property’s owner. The rental period can range from anywhere from a day to months.
While my husband and I greatly enjoyed our little Parisian flat, I couldn’t help wondering what the other property owners we passed in the building lobby thought about our host’s Airbnb visitors. Certainly, if I lived in that lovely Parisian building, I might be wary of having a constant stream of various strangers from all over the world staying right next door to me.