Airbnb, the global travel community that offers end-to-end trips, is currently celebrating its ten-year anniversary.
While you may well have heard about Airbnb or even used it, but there are probably a lot of things you don’t know about this mega travel platform!
Here’s our top ten list of unusual or lesser known facts:
#1 It’s the only air mattress that was ever turned into a global business
Airbnb was founded in 2008 by roommates and former schoolmates who couldn’t afford the rent of their apartment.
Which is why they devised a brilliant yet simple idea to earn a few bucks 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).
#2 It offers novelty lodging ideas
Airbnb accommodation differs from the ordinary hotel-type lodging and lists nearly 3,000 castles and 1,400 treehouses.
From bunk beds to lighthouses and summer cottages, Airbnb has something for every taste and budget!
#3 It goes beyond just homes
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.
#4 There once was an entire country listed on Airbnb
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 (“allemansrätten”) which gives people the right to freely explore all public spaces across the country.
The campaign quickly went viral and news outlets around the world reported on the biggest Airbnb listing ever.
#5 20 entire soccer teams check into Airbnb every minute
You read that correctly! 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!
#6 It is not just for Millennials
Seniors citizens are just as cool in the Airbnb family, making up Airbnb’s fastest growing and best-loved demographic.
In the United States alone, almost 78,000 of those over 60 years old share their homes with travellers via Airbnb, helping them raise an average of $7,000 USD per year to supplement pensions and help cope with the rising costs of living.