For those wanting to truly experience life in another city, staying with a local host is the perfect way to immerse yourself in a culture, a lifestyle and a feeling of belonging.

Airbnb asked some of its hosts why they enjoy offering up their homes to strangers, and just what’s in it for them.

Do you host on Airbnb, or know someone that does? How have you/ they found it? Let us know in the comments below.

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