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Artist Leaves 15,000 Coins On Ground In London To See How People React, And The Result Surprised Him

Wednesday, AirBnB host Jamahl McMurran and his guest Lana Mesic, a Croatian artist and photographer, set out to start a social experiment with a huge pile of coins.

It all started when Lana didn’t know what to do with the 15,000 coins that she had left from her previous art installation. Instead of transporting the heavy pile back home, she and Jamahl thought of a better idea… “So my Airbnb guest and I decided to place 15000 2p coins on the canal and record what would happen…. #coinsbythecanal,” Jamahl wrote on Twitter. The results were hilarious! Keep on scrolling to take a look.

What would you do if you saw a pile of coins like that? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Airbnb And Hotels Need Each Other, They Just Don’t Know It Yet

Airbnb Plans To Fight Racism With Diversity. But Will It Be Enough?

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Airbnb cofounder and CEO Brian Chesky

Over the last few weeks, the underground war between home-sharing startup Airbnb and the hotel industry has bubbled to the surface. The New York Times revealed that hotel lobbying groups played a role in two major regulatory roadblocks for Airbnb: a Federal Trade Commission target on rising housing costs, and fines directed toward Airbnb hosts in New York state. Airbnb was quick to fire back publicly against “the hotel cartel.”

Such a battle was inevitable, just as Uber and its fellow ride-sharing startups continue to fight incumbent taxi companies around the world. But as the war of words and lobbying budgets between Airbnb and hotels escalates, it’s worth looking into the future and realizing that, in the long run, both sides actually need each other.

For now, Airbnb offers an orthogonal competing service to hotels: the $30 billion-valued San Francisco-based startup built a lodging marketplace with new inventory that hotels have never provided. Tapping into guest bedrooms, vacation rentals, and unoccupied apartments, Airbnb offers customers a way to stay in comfortable, well-located homes with amenities like kitchens and living rooms at what is frequently a discount from traditional hotels.

A new Consumer Reports survey shows that 70% of people who have used Airbnb or its competitors chose it to save money, and more than 50% cited “unique accommodations” or “availability of kitchens” as relevant to their decision. Even better, 90% of those people rated their experience either “good” or “very good.”

A cheaper, more convenient service disrupting a traditional competitor? This is Airbnb’s biggest advantage, and why the hotel industry has tried to pull the levers of government on its side. Airbnb proves that there is a large and growing market for alternative accommodations. The traditional hotel doesn’t fit the lifestyle of many young people who care more about authenticity and unique experiences than that the bed sheets be changed every day. Nor are hotels ideal for families or long-stay travelers. Even road warriors are…

8 Haunted Places You Can Actually Rent on Airbnb

Need a place to stay? Forgo weak motel coffee and mysteriously stained bath towels for the spooky room service your dark heart desires. Russia may have its haunted chateaus and England its chambers of doom, but the United States has historic homes with their own eternal guests. Here are eight haunted places on Airbnb you can rent right now. Don’t say you weren’t warned …

An 18th-century cottage outfitted with exposed pine and breezy linens, Laura’s cottage is located in Savannah’s Historic District. Not only is it a stop on local ghost tours, it’s also the setting for Robert Redford’s film The Conspirator. Oh, and “Laura” is not the Airbnb host–she’s the woman who lived there for 50 years and now makes frequent visits … from beyond the grave. Here’s more about her.

Now, the hosts have yet to fess up to the spotting of any ghosts, but the dwelling’s description as “the most mysterious house in Saint Paul” begs to differ. It’s been rented out for rituals, and boasts décor and furniture right out of a classic haunted-house horror movie. There is also a resident Doberman, named Scorch. Even non-dog lovers may find him a useful watchdog when it comes to fending off lingering spirits from the aforementioned rituals.

Located in the Garden District, this sprawling three-tier stunner with deep porches sounds inviting. Except for one thing: this home boasts a “haunted bedroom,” aptly named because of the little girl in the…

13 Things I Learned From Renting Out My Home on Airbnb

It’s a leap of faith to open up your primary home to paying guests. When I listed my family home on Airbnb while we were traveling, I had to accept the idea of strangers sleeping in our beds, snooping through drawers and closets, and perusing the shows on our DVR. I also had to accept the risk that something might be stolen or damaged. But most nerve-wracking for me was submitting my home to judgment. After each stay, guests are expected to rate my home on a scale of one to five, not just overall, but on cleanliness as well. Having your home and your hospitality critiqued on the Internet can be tough.

The upside, of course, is the money. During one long trip, we earned enough on Airbnb to cover our own vacation lodging. Another trip paid for a new master bedroom set. The unexpected upside has been lessons — good and bad — that I’ve learned from the experience.

1. It Can Be Profitable if You Live in the Right Area

I’ve been pleasantly surprised to learn that because we live in the popular San Francisco Bay area, we are able to charge up to $200 a night for a home that would have otherwise been sitting empty. And I was amazed to read that another Bay Area Airbnb’er is close to paying the entire mortgage of a house in the mountains by renting it out, and that fellow Wise Bread writer Mikey Rox bought a second home on his Airbnb profits. My husband and I are now contemplating adding a bathroom to the lower level of our house, with the goal of renting out that area as a studio, even when we are home. We hope the rents will help pay for the project.

2. It’s a Lot of Work to Prepare a Lived-In Home for Rental

Before hosting guests who are staying a week or more, I like to provide an empty drawer and some closet space in each bedroom, and generally declutter the house so that the guests can use every surface without being encumbered by all the junk my family usually has around. I knock off to-do list items such as getting a leaky faucet or a sticky door lock fixed, and scrutinize my house for fixable flaws such as scuff marks on walls or grubby shower grout. Then of course, I need to remove and lock up personal documents and valuables. All this takes forever.

Prepping my four-bedroom home for rental typically takes me about 40 hours, meaning that the rental wouldn’t even be a very good hourly rate, except for the fact that we enjoy returning to a decluttered home after our trips. On the downside, we sometimes can’t find things that I’ve boxed up and stored away while we were gone.

3. People Are Generally Polite and Honest

Maybe we’ve just had good luck so far, but we have never come home to find that our home has been blatantly abused. Once I accidentally left a sheet of bank account passwords out — of all things! — and none of my accounts were breached. (Of course I changed all the passwords immediately.) We always have the house professionally cleaned before we return, but the cleaners have told us that the house is usually not terribly messy when they arrive.

4. Some People Are Complainers

A few times, we have had guests stay in our home at a discount in exchange…