What is the first thing you think of when you hear ’Airbnb’?
The majority associates this word with hosting and renting out. But when you really think about it, Airbnb is so much more than that. It’s a complex mixture of elements that usually wouldn’t be combined together, but in this specific case work like a charm.
What is the one thing that actually sets an Airbnb apart from an ordinary renting unit? If you still haven’t guessed by our title, it’s the social interaction. The kind that you can’t experience in hotels or anywhere else in the world. You’re doing business with people who can become your friends at the same time. And you’re doing all that in the comfort of your own home. Sounds like a completely bizzare scenario, but it’s happening all around the world.
Most people don’t even think of how an Airbnb can benefit your social life, but it actually does. If you’re an outgoing person, you’re probably going to love the idea of people going in and out of your home, greeting you on their way out or in, having casual and interesting conversation along the way. You’ll find it thrilling and exciting. However, if you’re an introvert you’re probably going to shreek at the very thought of having to endure every day conversation with a stranger. Then again, hosting an Airbnb is maybe exactly what you need in your life.
- The Culture Mix
If your Airbnb is located in a city loved by tourists, you’re probably going to experience a high volume of travellers from all around the world. Which automatically means you’re going to welcome into your home different kinds of cultures. We’ve already mentioned that Airbnb is an industry that not only supports the economy and the renting industry, but merges different nations, traditions and cultures.
The first time you meet someone who comes from a different culture and welcome them into your home is always a bit awkward. You may not know their customs, or they may not know yours, but it’s definitely a unique experience. Once you ease into it, through time, you’ll enjoy having conversations and enrichining your mind with stories and experiences from another culture. There’s nothing in this world that could bring you so close to another culture, to the point where you can immerse yourself completely through stories of your, hopefully, communicate guests.
- Meeting New People
There are certain Airbnb hosts who like to come off as really professional. And don’t get us wrong, we encourage professionalism at all times, but what we refer to is actually something completely different.
They welcome their guests in, give them the keys, and wish them a lovely stay. If you’re that kind of a host, you’re missing out a lot. It’s one thing to show hospitality while remaining calm and professional, but it’s another thing avoiding social interaction like it’s going to endanger your reputation of a good Airbnb host. Don’t be afraid to let people in.
You never know who is going to cross your doorstep next. And so, you get a chance to interact and meet a lot of new people, without having to go out to a bar or travel the world. The world comes to your doorstep. Isn’t it wonderful that you don’t have to leave the comfort of your cozy home in order to meet new people? Remember, you have the upper hand. If you don’t particularly enjoy the company of a guest, you don’t have to keep the conversation going. It’s as easy as that.
- Perfecting Communication Skills
By communicating with different people frequently, you get to practice your communication skills. And not only that, you get to perfect your social skills, since you’re exposed to a large number of people coming into your Airbnb. This means, you have to practice your service, language, manners as well as working on communicating in the right way in the right amount. Which is definitely a great asset to have. You’ll learn how to get your point across without being too pushy.
Although these skills are necessary for every host to stay in the business and thrive at it, along the way you’ll notice that you’ve implemented your social and conversation skills to all areas of your life. And if you’re a bit of an introvert, it comes in handy, doesn’t it?
- Forming Bonds and Friendships
Chances are, you’re not going to make friends with 90 percent of your guests. However, there comes a time when you meet someone who you’re instantly going to click with. Airbnb enables you to meet all kinds of people that you can form bonds and friendships with. These kind of friendships could never have existed before, but Airbnb helps make it possible.
Where else do you get a chance to meet someone who lives 20, 000 miles away and form a meaningful connection with them? Although social platforms offer you a specific kind of opportunity to communicate with people from all around the globe, what they lack is the personal factor.
An Airbnb is not just an empty room, a vacation home or an apartment that you rent out. It’s an opportunity to create friendships and socialize on a completely new level. While we’re loving the idea of renting out and earning some extra cash, we’re loving the idea of interacting with people even more.