I'm an Airbnb advocate. For sure. A space created by travellers, for travellers. To stay in privately owned accommodation instead of chain hotels. To gain local knowledge from hosts when you're travelling. What's not to love? It's the perfect platform for travellers right? In fact I love it so much after staying in Airbnb accommodation almost exclusively for our travels over a few years, we decided to set up our own Airbnb property. We built in under our existing home and now rent out our space on Airbnb. We live in paradise, why not share it with other travellers right? [Have a sticky-beak if you're in the market for a Sunshine Coast holiday!].
BUT.. (why do great things always need to have a but???) I've been thinking quite a lot lately about the impact Airbnb is having on the permanent housing market. This isn't a new problem, nor is the housing shortage entirely Airbnb's fault, but as a responsible citizen, (of both the world and my local community) I feel obligated to question the scenario we find ourselves in and ask if there is a way we can do it better.Read More