When Airbnb launched in 2008, it was lauded as a profit-friendly merger of a Couchsurfing-style global exchange community but with a more commodifiable product: a spare room or apartment.
Whereas Couchsurfing solely thrives off a money-free communal sense of wanderlust, Airbnb pairs homeowners/leaseholders with extra space with travelers willing to pay for budget-friendly, yet unique accommodations such as villas, treehouses, or simply something that has more local flavor than the replicated hotel room. But as Airbnb’s customer base has grown beyond its early adopters (boasting 1.2 million listings and 34 million guests), so has the expectation that Airbnb listings will offer a convenient, hassle-free travel experience not unlike the global hotel chain experience that early Airbnb users aspired to avoid. The result is a medium-style global template of domesticity available in any neighborhood in the world.
We’ve noticed that it is now often difficult to tell Airbnb listings apart. We’ve selected 10 typical Airbnb listings from around the globe. The game is to use your cultural acuity to guess where each Airbnb listing is located.
↓ Click on the city to the right of the listing image to find out if you guessed correctly
Hi, I am _____. This is my apartment. I think you will like it:
* It's modern, bright and has a nice view from the balcony
* Most interesting spots in the city center and old town 5-15 mins away on foot
* Great bars, restaurants and cafes nearby
Lovely studio, top floor, secure, reserved parking, ideally located in __________.
Apartment in the heart of ______ cozy and quiet. One bedroom with double bed, living room with sofa bed for two people very comfortable in the living room kitchen and bathroom. ________ less than 2 minutes. Very near __________...
Fully Furnished 1 bedroom apartment with balcony available for rent for 1 month during July 2015. Complete with all electrical appliances, weekly maid service, Internet and TV. Located 2 minute walk from _____ beach and _____ shops and restaurants. Apartment is immaculate inside.
An elegant apartment at the heart of _____, a breath away from ______ museum and its metro stop. It's the ideal location for any visitor. Your new home away from Home.
Our contemporary, 1 bedroom ___________ on the lower _____, near the ______, Downtown and _______ commercial districts, is also right off the _______ bus from the airport.
Great location on ______ street, 3 minutes from ______ hotel. The apartment is quiet. Windows looks to private _______ and there is no traffic there. The flat has just been renovated.
You will have a private room and bathroom (with tub) in my spacious, light 3BR + 2 Bath located in the heart of a bustling _______ neighborhood, a block from the __________. Enjoy quiet and comfort, and easy access to all _____________.
Modern and comfortable Studio in the _________. The place has been totally renovated, with everything brand new. It is located a few steps from the __________. It is ideal for tourism, business and shopping.
We are young couple living with our cute cat. Like making friends, exchanging culture, hiking and traveling..._________ __________.
Our new home is built with our passion, full of ___________, very convenient for life and traveling!