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Turn­ing homes into ho­tels

For a long time, the idea of let­ting a stranger in to stay at your house would con­jure thoughts of a sofa-surf­ing hippy, leav­ing hair in the plug­hole, lice in the fur­ni­ture and a dead bad­ger in your bed. Airbnb has changed all that. Founded as Airbed & Break­fast in 2008 by room­mates Joe Geb­bia and Brian Ch­esky (Nathan Blechar­czyk joined shortly af­ter­wards), it now lets you rent or let an in­di­vid­ual bed, whole room or en­tire prop­erty, of­ten for far less than even a bud­get ho­tel. In­clud­ing the Lenny Henry-ap­proved

ones. Th­ese days it also of­fers quirkier dorms, in­clud­ing car­a­vans, tree­houses, wind­mills and even

shipping con­tain­ers (don’t worry, you’ll wake up where you went to sleep). It’s now avail­able in over 34,000 ci­ties in 190 coun­tries and there are se­cu­rity mea­sures fac­tored in, so the chances of get­ting

a bad­ger mur­derer are slim­mer than ever.

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