02-15-2017 03:50 AM
Anyone have a pleasant hosting or guesting circumstance? or helpful tip? (of which ive adopted a few from these forums, thank you)
I would say on an interesting note that i never imagined id have people from Paris or Italy staying in my home -its kinda cool where people are from. I learn a little more about other cultures everytime.
Id be interested in hearing others
02-16-2017 07:52 PM
I have been hosting for a little over a year and all I've had are great interesting guests. My seconded guest was a woman from china and her 7 year old son. She was visiting to attend the university in our town. I was caught off guard because our listing said no children, I have no idea if our house is kid safe or not, but there they were travel worn, their first trip to the states. I was amazed that this woman and her little kid just came here without knowing anyone and showed up on my door step. So I set out to help her out, I took her to the store for groceries and you could just tell they were taking in their surroundings. Anyway they were both enrolled in school and had a nice room rented by the end of the week, I was impressed by how fast she pulled this all together. I offered to take them to the park and show them around on the weekend. She was an English teacher and her english was really very good despite having never been to an actual english speaking country. So my husband and I started planning little outings and introduced them to some friends with kids etc. she and I became friends very quickly. And the little boy was just too cute. She spent the semester in our town and we pretty much hung out 1-2 times per month. She went home for a couple months and came back for a month in the summer and rented our air bnb. This time I planned a road trip to the coast with them both and showed them the redwoods and we had a great time. Now she is here again for the 3rd time and is having her baby here, I connected her with a midwife and I'll be her doula. Crazy. I plan on visiting her in china one day. So I made a life long friend and might even host her son as a foreign exchange student when he's older. I'd say that's a positive experience.
What an amazing story @Karen & Dale. It is wonderful to hear that you see each other so often and that you have formed a life long friendship. It sounds like they are both really settling into their new home and you played such an important role into that. :)
How exciting you might visit her in China, have you picked up any Mandarin along the way? :)
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03-02-2017 06:55 PM
I have joined airbnb just amonth a go and am just getting into it. I used to live in London England and would love to have mature couples, business people and advanturous travelers from England. Me and my husband are retired and still miss England . We do visit whenever we can as we still have family there. We would love to make new freinds from Britain.
05-11-2017 10:03 PM
Thanks for sharing! Wow~! The kind of experience you had is the main reason why I decided to become a host.
02-18-2017 05:36 AM - edited 02-18-2017 05:38 AM
@Diane Hi again Diane.....I will try where possible to keep my finger off the exclamation key.
I would find it incredibly hard to single out one particular guest out of those that we have had and say 'this one was stand out memorable'....they all have been.
Tony from Jburg in South Africa had me enthralled all night with his stories of the Aparthied era.
Christine who grew up in a family of wealthy property owners in Ian Smiths Rhodesia who was forced to watch her husband's disintegrating body as it was dragged through a town tied to the towbar of a Toyota ute to the cheers of the local black population under Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe, and with each pass less of it remained than there was on the last!...sorry, I just absolutely had to put one in there.
But eighteen months ago I hosted Marianne. When she came up the drive she was of such large proportions that I rushed up the back into my man cave and increased my 'Sharecover' liability insurance because I really thought this hosting just could not take place. My listing was not equiped for someone like this. She was so large that she could not walk un-aided. She had an arm walking stick and the taxi driver on the other arm to help her. She had come to us because she was to attend the wedding of one of her swimming pupils who was getting married near by. The taxi driver left after seeing her and her luggage into the cottage, and I made her as comfortable as possible all the time think....what the hell have I got myself into.
Despite her size she was full of bravado and over the next couple of days filled us with stories of how she was one of Australia's top junior swimming coaches and she told us stories of her triumphs where her coaching was concerned. We sort of felt so sad for her not really believing a word of what she was saying, and wondering how someone could actually let themselves get to this point in life!.....sorry
Saturday afternoon was hot, around 32c and I was sitting under the verandah at the rear of the main house and she came out the cottage door and asked if she could sit for a while. I said, "Can I get you a cup of tea Marianne?" She thanked me an got her frame into one of the outdoor chairs. I made her a cuppa and Ade came out to join us and, she started to cry. Her husband had left her some years previously when she started to put on some weight. He felt it was time to move on to greener pastures! no apology this time. Her family one by one abandoned her until here she was alone in the world just craving a bit of company. We talked for hours, Adrienne I and Marianne and she slowly let her guard down, opened up and really laughed and we had one of the nicest nights I can ever remember. I cooked her a lovely meal and we ate and drank long into the night.
This was her review and my response.....
Diane this was truly one of my nicest hosting experiences....
03-12-2017 05:57 PM
@Robin I'm headed to New Zealand and Melbourne in just a few days, mother and daughter trip..........not sure how far Barker is from there as I haven't gotten a chance to look it up yet. But with all of the amazing friends, Airbnb hosts and former guests (who's become friends) that we are visiting but I'll be sure to share my Positive GUESTS experience as this will be my 3rd travels through Airbnb. My FIRST Airbnb foreign country experience since the first two were in Hawaii and California. Should I return the favor and leave a Hawaiian hula girl pen in the room? haha - I already packed the delicious Hawaiian coffee most of them asked for.
This will be my 34th country stamped into my Passport as New Zealand is going to be new to me. (bucket list)
Already been to Sydney 1990. Hope everyone in your family is well.
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03-12-2017 06:36 PM
@Momi Would you believe, I once had a little plastic gyrating Hula girl in grass skirt on the dash in one of my cars...Every time I went over a bump the hips would wiggle and the grass skirt shimmy, and whenever I looked at it, it reminded me of the wonderful month I had in Hawaii with my daughter Kate in 2008. That little doll has now swapped cars and sits on the dash of my daughters camper van......and it still wiggles when she goes over a bump!
You will find in your travels Momi, all things Hawaiian, including Hula girl pens are not just accepted, they are loved and appreciated. It sounds like a lovely gesture to leave that pen and I know would be welcomed by any host.....me included!
Mt Barker is about an hour away from Melbourne by plane and about 7 hours by car....so you and your daughter are definitely in our part of the world Momi.....well, compared to Europe!
Have a wonderful holiday, I can't say 'the land of the long white cloud' is any better than Hawaii....but then again, I don't think it's any worse....good luck ol' friend.