Why Airbnb Hosts Should Travel

 Corey with his sister Kayla outside Refugio Frey after enduring a four day blizzard in Patagonia Argentina—

Corey with his sister Kayla outside Refugio Frey after enduring a four day blizzard in Patagonia Argentina—

Embrace the spirit of adventure.

Travel is at the core of Headwaters Hosting. We encourage our team-members to get out of their nest as much as possible, to gain new perspectives and bring back fresh energy to our team. A refreshed mindset allows us to do more creative work. Exploring new places allows us to put ourselves in our guests shoes as we discover completely foreign environments. It gives us a chance to take pointers on what other hosts are doing in the world and how we can incorporate some of these heart-warming attributes into our own practices while hosting travelers at home.

Both managing partners at Headwaters recently returned to Big Sky from their most recent cultural immersions. Alison from Mumbai, India and Corey spent a month in the Southern Hemisphere skiing and exploring Patagonia Argentina and Chile with his sister.

If you are open and willing, travel will make you an incredibly more well-rounded human being. It will teach you compassion for others and test your core beliefs. It allows you to gain an outside perspective on your own life, your own goals, and what energy you want to bring to the table upon your return home.

When you set off on a journey, it can help to be as clear as you can about what you’d ideally want to get out of your wanderings. Good trips should be transformational and their effects long-lasting, but in order to be so, we should take a moment—in the departure lounge or at home the night before, when the suitcases are packed—to reflect on what we really want to derive from heading out into the world.

 Alison embracing the culture in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Alison embracing the culture in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Through travel we have found that the core Airbnb concept of ‘belonging anywhere’ is true. From an Earth view, we are all humans on this little green planet and accepting foreigners as family is just natural to us. Airbnb has redefined what a good travel experience is through allowing local people to host travelers versus corporate enterprises or big hotel chains, this gives a guest a full immersion while out on the open road. We encourage everyone, Airbnb host or not, to get out there and explore. For us it is necessary, we will continue to travel and bring back new ideas and unique ways to allow our guests to live more like a local rather than travel like a tourist.

Happy Trails,

Corey

 Reflecting on a day of skiing the active Villarrica Volcano this past October while hitching a ride back to Pucón, Chile.

Reflecting on a day of skiing the active Villarrica Volcano this past October while hitching a ride back to Pucón, Chile.