Airbnb is currently celebrating its 10th year anniversary. Whilst you may well have heard about Airbnb or even used it, there are probably some things you do not know about this mega travel platform! Here’s our top 5 list of unusual or lesser known facts:
- Airbnb was founded in 2008 by roommates and former schoolmates who could not afford the rent of their apartment. They devised a brilliant yet simple idea to earn a little money by putting three air mattresses in their living room and renting them out to travellers who struggled to find a place to stay. Airbed & Breakfast was born (and later shortened to Airbnb).
- It’s safe to say that Airbnb users like adventure, seeking out accommodation that differs from the ordinary hotel-type lodging. As with many things in life, personality is key and Airbnb excels in this regard, listing nearly 3,000 castles and 1,400 treehouses. From bunk beds, to lighthouses and summer cottages, Airbnb has something for every taste and budget!
- Airbnb is no longer just a home-sharing platform. In 2016, it went beyond the home and launched ‘Experiences’, a service that enables travellers to connect with locals who share their passions to do unique activities at their destination.
- In 2017, Sweden made history by turning its entire country into a listing on the Airbnb platform. The collaboration between Airbnb and Visit Sweden promoted the country’s ‘freedom to roam’ principle which gives people the right to freely explore all public spaces across the country.
- More than 200 guests check into an Airbnb home somewhere around the world every single minute. That means that 12,000 guests check into an Airbnb home at any given hour, enough people to fill an entire Olympic stadium!