We bought a cabin. In Phoenicia, New York. Near Woodstock.

In order to help make the mortgage payment I thought about putting it up on airbnb.  As a heavy airbnb user around the world I was very familiar on how to be a guest.

But to be a host? Not exactly sure. What if people don’t like my place? What if they damage it? What if no one comes?

Luckily I had a friend who is a host of three properties. I had her on speed dial and called her lots.  (wait there’s really no longer such a thing as speed dial when you have an iPhone!?) Anyway, she was my lifeline, my “phone-a-friend,” my own personal support person.

After a few months of debating (with myself) whether to put the cabin out there, I finally had enough courage to list it as a “test” to see what kind of responses I got.  At first no one inquired. Then two weeks later I got an inquiry.  He saw that I had no reviews and was a new host. Luckily for me he was an airbnb host himself and let me know he understood where I was in the process and that I might be a bit nervous.

He turned out to be the perfect first guest!

This is his review:

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