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AirBnb Magazine Apr/May 2019

Airbnbmag is a travel lifestyle magazine featuring authentic experiences through the eyes of those who know best, the locals. Whether you’re planning or daydreaming your next journey, Airbnbmag offers both the familiar and the unexpected through a local lens and captured by top travel writers & photographers of the world. Airbnbmag is your passport to feeling at home anywhere! Your next adventure starts here.

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Ron Stodghill writes frequently about African American history and culture. He is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Missouri. Rena Effendi is a recipient of two World Press Photo awards. Her work has appeared in National Geographic, the New York Times Magazine, and the New Yorker. Anya von Bremzen is the winner of three James Beard Awards for her books and journalism. She divides her time between Queens, New York, and Istanbul. Riley Holloway is a figurative painter based in Dallas. He is known for creating pieces rich in storytelling, free from constraints, and true to the person he is painting. Chris Colin is a contributing writer for California Sunday Magazine and Afar, whose work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Saveur, and Wired. His most recent book is…

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the huge appeal of a tiny house

We started Airbnb with a simple idea. We wanted to help people get more out of the space they lived in by sharing it with others. In our early days, we assumed guests would want traditional homes, with more space and more amenities. And while that was and is still often the case, we’ve seen an increasing number of guests drawn to unique spaces. Today, there are more than 14,000 tiny homes on Airbnb. Between 2017 and 2018, the number of guests staying in tiny homes more than doubled. Three of the top five most popular Airbnbs in the world are tiny homes. And in this issue, you’ll get to peek inside some of our favorites. Tiny homes have a magic to them. There is whimsy and a childlike wonder to the…

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endangered destinations

The world has become more accessible than ever. Countries that felt distant, such as Bhutan and Morocco, now top bucket lists, thanks to Instagram popularity and affordable direct flights. But a spike in travelers (the 1.3 billion international tourists in 2017 is predicted to surpass 1.8 billion by 2030), along with the effects of climate change, overdevelopment, and pollution, are harming our planet in ways we never imagined—and the whitewashed reefs, receding glaciers, and plastic-littered beaches are proof. While the future of the planet may feel bleak, the solutions lie in all of our hands. “One step we can take is to familiarize ourselves with what it means to travel sustainably,” says Kelley Louise, founder of the Impact Travel Alliance, a nonprofit travel advocacy group. Booking direct flights, going in the…

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cruising california’s central coast

Since 2016, the region surrounding the Pacific Coast Highway, one of America’s most iconic road-trip routes, has been hit by both natural disasters and the perception that the entire state is out of commission. But if anything, the residents and businesses along this stretch—which has been home to a vibrant sustainability movement for decades—are more committed than ever to protecting their natural resources. Take to the road anywhere between L.A. and Big Sur, and you’ll find revitalized downtowns, a plethora of farmers’ markets, overlooked hoods with under-the-radar food scenes, and unadulterated nature at virtually every turn. DAY 1 L.A. TO VENTURA Once you leave Los Angeles and pass Malibu’s thrilling coastal views, it’s easy to miss the cultural gem that is Oxnard. Square buildings line both sides of the highway, offering no clue…

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modern rocks

In the grasslands outside Marfa, Texas, nine boulders stand like a futuristic Stonehenge, with only a stray jackrabbit to observe them on most days. But once a month, when the full moon rises, art patrons gather around audio installation artist Haroon Mirza’s stone circle. Inspired by ancient astronomical megaliths, Mirza used technology to activate this grouping of carved black Mexican marble embedded with energy-efficient LEDs and speakers programmed to emit a movement from his Solar Symphonies series. On concert nights, the “mother stone,” fitted with a solar array, powers the lights and music that sounds like a mash-up of heavy-metal feedback distortion and celestial pulses from space. Mirza’s pieces have been shown at the Venice Biennale and the New Museum in New York; however, Ballroom Marfa, an art space that showcases…

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south america’s untapped natural wonder

Butterflies in a Carnaval of colors, some as big as your palm, swirl like autumn leaves in the breeze. Clouds of mist snake upward in the distance, crowned by a rainbow when the sun hits. And then there’s the deep rumble that gets louder and louder as you approach—the sound of 396,000 gallons of water crashing every second down the massive Iguaçu Falls. “There are no words to describe it,” says Eduardo Fleury Rocha, who has been guiding visitors around this spectacular sight for 18 years and now runs a similar Airbnb Experience ( “You can feel the energy of the falls.” Nearly two miles wide and with some 275 cascades emerging from a wall of trees, Iguaçu Falls marks the start of a canyon, funneling the Iguaçu River downstream until…