The Airbnb community spans the globe and includes hosts in more than 35,000 cities and 192 countries. And each day, we hear about meaningful exchanges between hosts and guests from different countries and cultures. We hear from people who have changed the way they see the world, met people they never would have known and embraced their fellow travelers.
Take Lilla Duhon, a mom in Raleigh, North Carolina who hosted John Han—an Australian expat originally from Korea. He shared stories from his world travels while cooking a traditional Korean meal for Lilla and her family.
When Cindy Xia of Beijing, China hosted survivors of the Siege of Sarajevo, her guests taught her to appreciate the moment and keep looking forward. She marveled at their strength as they shared stories from the past, and appreciated their smiles as they all toasted to the prospect of a bright future.
Earlier this year, we took a look at the numbers behind these stories. In 2013 alone, Airbnb guests from 181 countries traveled to 173 countries. Our travelers cross borders. 32% of all trips last year included hosts and guests from different continents and 65% of all trips included hosts and guests from different countries. And in the United States, 80% of hosts welcomed a guest who spoke a different language than they did. Check out this infographic for more information.
Airbnb is helping people broaden their horizons, share unique experiences, and find a welcoming smile wherever they go. So get out and plan your next trip, we’re excited to hear your stories!