I am a huge fan of airbnb – I’m looking forward to a “local” experience on my upcoming trip to Vancouver. I have had plenty of positive experiences using airbnb, both as a host, as well as a guest, but their newest initiative might be a bit hard for some to swallow… literally!
I came across an interesting article this morning on Business Insider that talks about a new business model that airbnb is stiring up – paying to dine in someone’s home.
Here’s the pitch: By staying in someone’s home, you’re already living like a local in a new town, so why not take it up a notch? With this new idea, someone who really enjoys cooking, posts their “menu” and price on airbnb. Strangers can then book a dining reservation at the “chef’s” home.
In a perfect scenario, you’re in a Tuscan-village, eating Nonna’s home-made pasta, and your money’s well-spent on an authentic meal. On the other end of the spectrum though, you could end up in a frat-house with a few re-heated pizza slices… A far-worse scenario is ending up in the local E.R. getting treated for food-poisoning.
So what do you think? Do you think this is where the future of dining is headed? I mean, in one aspect, the emerging “sharing economy” is certainly on the rise and, we’ve seen success with home-sharing, couch-sharing, ride-sharing (like Uber and Lyft). At the same time, where do you draw the line?
You’re probably wondering what side of the fence I’m on. For me, I like to believe people are good-natured, and I genuinely believe that the opportunity to have a home-cooked meal makes any trip more memorable because it’s a unique experience. On a recent trip to Abu Dhabi, a local invited my travel friends and I into his home and served us tea and biscuits. We had a wonderful time, and I learned a lot about the culture.
How about you? Is this something you would consider? I would love to hear your thoughts!