I opened my account in 2010 when no one had heard of Airbnb. I have a fully catering studio on the garden level of my single family home. Air was very very funky back in those days. I really didn’t have the room ready to rent. I just wanted to see if it would generate interest in this new fangled Internet vacation rental thing… and it did! So I rushed to get it fixed up (new toilet, fan, bed, paint, screens, etc.)… and started booking super cheap!
My first guests were a couple from New Zealand. They loved it! I shudder to think of the place back then… as my first guests saw it! It’s been greatly improved since then! I then got lots of interesting guests from places like the Baltic States or the Czech Republic. My favorite guests ever were from Norway. I keep in touch with them to this day. I wish more like that would book but I hardly ever get guests from exotic places anymore.
Now I mostly host Americans and Canadians. Also, Germans.
Our high season is November through April. I am always back-to-back busy during those months. I relax a little in the summer but I can still get the occasional guest here or there. Right now I am hosting a Wimdu guest for 17 nights. I like Wimdu (based in Germany) because the host keeps 100%, and payment was made just as I woke up the next day.
On Hawaii Island, we get quite a rainy season in summer. But summer ALSO brings perfect snorkeling. No waves or swells to deal with… and seems like lots more fish and activity! Who cares if it rains in the afternoons? You can still get out in the sunny mornings and see fantastical sights… large schools of yellow tangs, black tangs, convict tangs, sea turtles and dolphins. Needlenose fish, parrot fish… all going about their lives on the reef. My son and I snorkel together in the mornings now that he is home from school. Our home is just minutes from a secluded beach that is part of our neighborhood. The drop off is dramatic and deep and the snorkeling is so cool… as long as you are not afraid of heights! Today we went to a nearby bay to snorkel and were all alone out there. It’s just not very busy with visitors to Kona right now.