Warming up to AirBNB (+ $100 giveaway!)

As a veteran CouchSurfer, i’ve honestly not been a big fan of AirBNB – until recently.

Primarily because it commercialized what was always a no-expectations based community of hosts and ‘surfers’ (travelers).

So when Community Operations Specialist Shikha from AirBNB invited me for a ‘Superhost Meetup’ to meet and engage with a bunch of AirBNB hosts, i reluctantly agreed – having experienced it first hand in Rovaniemi, Finland last year.

Superhosts are quite simply – carefully curated hosts who go the extra mile with their hospitality.

My first pleasant surprise was meeting a very old and dear friend who i met 11 years later! As i mingled with these extraordinary folks and listened to their stories, i began to realize that AirBNB is perhaps just a more sustainable version of CouchSurfing with the introduction of commerce, validation and a very strong and passionate community.

Perspective, Perspective!

The second time they invited me over for the first ever Host Day India – where hosts from all across the country gather to exchange stories, discuss nuances and opportunities for improving the hosting experience.

This time, i completed the journey from being a skeptic to a believer. Amazing stories, cheerful people, fanboy moment with Rocky & Mayur and of course – all of this happening at one of my favorite spaces in Mumbai… Ministry of New.


So a fun experience as a guest, the superhost meetup and the Host Day all put together helped in broadening my mind and realizing that it’s all about perspective and respecting others’ viewpoints.

$100 AirBNB Credits Giveaway!

To celebrate my newfound love for AirBNB & in the spirit of spreading the good vibes i soaked in, i’m giving away my $100 AirBNB credits coupon which they so kindly offered me 🙂

Here’s how to enter the giveaway:

Step 1. Subscribe to my YouTube channel

Step 2. Comment below with your AirBNB wishlist link
OR AirBNB listing where you plan to spend the $$$

Simple and fun! Here’s what you stand to win…

* MEGA PRIZE: $100 worth of AirBNB credits
* Second Prize: a beautiful set of AirBNB shot glasses
* Third Prize: MakeMyTrip / Cleartrip voucher worth Rs.650 (or $10 equivalent)
* Assured Rs.1000 vouchers for all new AirBNB users (click to claim!)

Disclaimer & Caveats

* Last Date to Enter the MEGA PRIZE drawings: 31st Dec. 2016
* The AirBNB credits will be valid till 30th April, 2017 for international travel.
For domestic travel, this voucher is valid only post 30th Jan, 2017.


Exotic Gringo (Kaushal Karkhanis)

Leading an experimental life as a digital nomad, I started traveling in 2007 while choosing to shuttle between Goa and Mumbai as 'home'. An epic life-changing trip to South America an year later gave birth to this blog, Exotic Gringo.