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 guests stayed in treehouses on Airbnb this summer, over 12,000 guests stayed in yurts, and nearly 13,000 guests stayed in castles. Guests stayed everywhere from a private island in Nicaragua to cave homes in the Greek Islands.