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Six ways to have a more sustainable, cheaper flatshare Christmas this year

29 November 2022 @ 4:57 pm

Christmas is a time of indulging: over consuming delicious food (pigs in blankets obvs), drinking one too many cocktails at Christmas parties (then oversharing to colleagues…), and overplaying all those festive songs that we know and love (I’m talking about you, Mariah!) But one thing we can cut back

How to help people experiencing homelessness this Christmas

29 November 2022 @ 2:35 pm

Being homeless is hard at any time of the year, but it gets even worse around Christmas. Find out how you can help rough sleepers this Xmas (and all year).

What are the easiest house plants to look after?

16 November 2022 @ 1:06 pm

Plants are cool. Turning your house into your very own jungle isn't just a trend - it makes your place feel so much cosier. The best bit? House plants are portable, so they can move whenever you do. But with plant parenting comes great responsibility – too much water might cause

Rental demand is finally slowing

16 November 2022 @ 12:44 pm

We reported last month that the imbalance between rental demand and supply was the worst we'd ever seen it in over 20 years of running flatshare sites. Read 'Why the rental market is (currently) screwed' to see our explanation and analysis, in case you missed it first time

SpareRoom meets Beth O'Leary, author of "The Flatshare"

15 November 2022 @ 11:59 am

"The Flatshare" was published in 2019, telling the story of two flatmates who have never met. Find out about Beth's own experiences of flatsharing here.

How much rent would your favourite film & TV characters pay in 2022?

9 November 2022 @ 10:49 am

Average rents correct as of November 2022 We all know TV and film can portray unrealistic expectations, but just how realistic are the homes of some of our most favourite characters in TV and film? For years, we’ve watched characters like Mark and Jeremy from Peep Show and Maggie

10 cheapest cities to flatshare in the UK

3 November 2022 @ 1:59 pm

Average monthly room rents correct as of November 2022 With prices varying across the country, it can be tough to keep on top of the ever-changing rents in the UK! So, we've put together a handy guide to the 10 cheapest areas to flatshare in the UK, if you're looking

10 cheapest areas to flatshare in London

2 November 2022 @ 4:51 pm

Average monthly room rents correct as of November 2022 With London's average room rent varying across the capital, it can be tough to keep on top of the city's ever-changing rents! So, we've put together a handy guide to the 10 cheapest areas to flatshare in the capital, if you're

Why the rental market is (currently) screwed

6 October 2022 @ 1:38 pm

We’ve been running flatshare sites since 1999 and we’ve NEVER seen the rental market like it is today. There are more people looking for rooms than ever before, fewer rooms available than at any time since 2012 and record high rents as a result. Here’s what that

SpareRoom & Crisis – 4 years on...

20 September 2022 @ 11:18 am

Well, would you believe it? It’s been 4 years since we launched our partnership with Crisis – supporting their work to help end homelessness across Britain. And what an amazing 4 years we’ve had… How we’re helping At SpareRoom we’ve been running our Live Rent Free competition

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Experience in the Spotlight: Bounty & Full—Cooking with chef Kelis in Los Angeles

16 October 2018 @ 3:13 pm

From singing about milkshakes to studying culinary arts, food is an abiding passion for Kelis. Airbnb partnered with the Grammy-nominated musician, chef, cookbook author, and sauce maker on an exclusive Cooking Experience in Los Angeles, where guests learned to prepare some of her favorite recipes. Here, she shares her food-forward guide to LA. MUSIC AND FOOD are a perfect pairing, and no one straddles both worlds quite like Kelis who, in addition to being a Grammy-nominated musician, is a Cordon Bleu-trained chef and cookbook author. “I’ve always really loved food. My mom was a chef, and had a catering business growing up, so when the opportunity presented itself to go to culinary school, of course I decided to go,” says Kelis, who was raised in New York’s Harlem and now resides in Los Angeles.” Hankering for her Harlem roots (and favoring the saucier station in the kitchen) led Kelis to…

Beaches, Beats, and Bunny Chow: Diving into Durban

14 February 2018 @ 2:25 pm

Not Yet Trending is an investigative story from inside Airbnb. Tipped off by guest travel data, we find up-and-coming destinations before anyone else can. To get the story numbers can’t tell us, we go straight to the source: the hosts on Airbnb. Durban could be considered South Africa’s middle child: Johannesburg is ambitious and successful, picture-perfect Cape Town is the apple of everyone’s eye, and Durban, despite its many charms, is perennially overlooked. But thanks to homegrown entrepreneurs reviving the city’s creative spirit, Durban is finally stepping out of its siblings’ shadows. It’s all about the vaaabs in Durbs. “It’s a good morning for some surf vibes.” “Time for coffee vibes.” “Braai vibes tonight?” You might even catch a photographer directing a model by asking for some “turn-your-head vibes.” Good vibes are a defining feature of Durban, South Africa, a seaside city where the beaches are beautiful, the Indian Ocean…

Force of nature: discovering the Azores

31 July 2017 @ 9:41 am

Not Yet Trending is an investigative story from inside Airbnb. Tipped off by guest travel data, we find up-and-coming destinations before anyone else can. To get the story numbers can’t tell us, we go straight to the source: our hosts. Our latest discovery: a region of Portugal – in the middle of the Atlantic – where the islanders dwell in dormant volcanoes, the pineapples are the sweetest on the planet and, we discover, locals in the capital are fashioning their own hyper-creative downtown before your very eyes. This shouldn’t be wine country – but it is. Not many people can say they built a vineyard from rock but Augusto Silva can. Refusing to be defeated by the unyielding, frozen-lava ground of his farm on the Azores island of Pico, he and his helpers, by cart or on their own backs, gathered soil from more fertile land further from the sea on this…Continue Reading

Catch up on the Slow Life in Porvoo, Finland

6 April 2017 @ 2:46 pm

Not Yet Trending is an investigative story from inside Airbnb. Tipped off by guest growth data, we search for up-and-coming destinations before anyone else can. To get the story numbers can’t tell us, we go straight to the source: our hosts.  A quaint, historic town just outside Helsinki, Porvoo’s reputation as “The Little Paris of Scandinavia” comes from generations of attracting the creative class: poets, artists, writers, and designers —like fashion designer Liisa and famed screenwriter Jussi, whose room you can find on Airbnb. “Someone used to have a polar bear as a pet here,” Liisa tells us one afternoon. “Now we just have a couple of writers upstairs.” We’re sitting in the living room of Liisa’s pink wooden home, one of the traditional Finnish houses from the 18th century that Porvoo is known for. Liisa’s home sits right on the edge of Old Town, where cobblestone streets and narrow…

Way Out West

28 October 2016 @ 8:41 pm

If you get to the end of the beaten track, then keep going through a mountain pass or two you’ll find Livingston, Montana. Beyond the cultural hub of Bozeman, and nestled next to the wonderfully named Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness, this is a town seemingly unchanged in almost a century, and yet infused with a vital creative energy and a sense of community that infiltrates every aspect of life here. It’s a place where explorers and artists, poets and cowboys mingle in the neon-lit streets, and where you can find an authentic American West—one that both lives up to archetypes and, simultaneously, explodes them. The sun is just beginning to fall behind the mountains in Paradise Valley—a place that is every bit as bucolic as the name suggests and which connects Livingston, Montana, to Yellowstone National Park. With every passing minute, the vast expanse of grassy plains surrounding the home Audrey…

Live Aloha: How to feel at home in Hawaii

9 December 2015 @ 3:55 pm

When you visit Hawaii, it’s not just for the beaches, the waves, and the volcanoes. There is something richer that can happen when you authentically ‘Live Aloha.’ And if you tap into what makes these islands so special, you can—whether you stay for a weekend or a month—truly feel at home in paradise. Here are a handful of ways to do that: 1. Know what it means to Live Aloha. Aloha is a word with many literal translations: hello, goodbye, love. But to the people who live in  Hawaii, Aloha isn’t just a salutation or send-off. It’s a way of life. Aloha means sharing your backyard mangoes with the neighbors or inviting a visitor to meet you and your friends at a beach bonfire. In essence it boils down to another Hawaiian word: kokua, which means to help without being asked. 2. Take in the flora and fauna. Hawaii is…Continue Reading

Local List: Exploring the Best of San Francisco

28 September 2015 @ 7:51 pm

Download a copy of the San Francisco Local List. There’s a place for everyone in San Francisco, no matter if you’re local or just in town for a visit. This is a city of unique neighborhoods (even “micro-hoods”) and colorful contrasts. We’re home to innovators and athletes, bohemians and foodies, activists, do-gooders, and a fog so famous it has a name (hello, Karl). You’re always free to be yourself and you’ll never be bored. Whether you’re into local produce or burritos, graffiti or go-go dancing, getting lost on a hike or amongst the shelves in an old Beat hangout, feeling like a local here takes nothing more than an open mind and a healthy dose of curiosity. More than 18 million tourists from around the world visit San Francisco each year, here to explore our top attractions, diverse neighborhoods, and breathtaking views. This past year, over 300,000 tourists visiting San Francisco…

Summer Travel Booms on Airbnb

4 September 2015 @ 12:55 pm

As the summer travel season winds down, we took a look at the numbers and analyzed travel that took place between the end of May and early September. What started as one small apartment in San Francisco has grown to a community of travelers and hosts that spans the globe. Some highlights: Five years ago, in the summer of 2010, roughly 47,000 people stayed with Airbnb hosts. This summer, nearly 17 million total guests stayed with Airbnb hosts around the world. That means that in the last five years, summer travel on Airbnb has grown 353 times over. August 8 was the biggest night in Airbnb history, with nearly 1 million guests staying with hosts worldwide. If the Airbnb community was a city, on August 8 it would have been the 10th largest city in the United States. Guests traveled on Airbnb for authentic, unique experiences. In fact, over 10,000…Continue Reading

Tesla Test Drive Turned Road Trip

20 August 2015 @ 12:00 pm

You, your car, and an open road of possibilities. No tickets to buy, no bags to check, no flight times to plan around. These are the reasons that a road trip is the ultimate form of travel freedom. (These, along with a healthy dose of nostalgia, of course.) Airbnb recently partnered with Tesla to bring charging stations to select hosts’ homes along the West Coast. As the first installment of a larger global partnership, we are working toward building a world with no limits to how far you can go while driving an electric car. We also love any good reason to explore the open road and put this travel freedom to the test. So we planned the perfect West Coast road trip for two of our amazing Superhosts, Lia and Garry of Pasadena, California. Having never experienced a Tesla before, the couple was thrilled to experience this modern, sustainable…Continue Reading

Local List: Exploring the Best of Chicago

20 July 2015 @ 6:49 pm

Going “local” in Chicago can be almost as easy as showing up. (Almost.) This city is rich with diverse neighborhoods, each featuring distinct cultures and flavors from all over the world. So it’s not necessarily about where you live, but how you choose to explore these everyday experiences. Whether you call Chicago home or are just passing through for a few days, you can easily take in what each community offers–from world-renowned restaurants and acclaimed museums to sprawling green space and up-and-coming breweries. Chicago is quite the playground of local goodness. And this guide is our way of helping you find the most authentic gems that make Chicago so fantastic. Our Chicago Local List was pulled together from our local host community’s own personal recommendations, so we’re proud to feature their Chicago favorites in a limited-edition printed guide illustrated by local artist Mikey Burton as well as right here in digital form, organized by neighborhood.

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