Turning into a Host on Airbnb means sharing a little bit of your origins and historical past by way of an genuine house that displays the traditions of your nation, as is the case of the magical Día de Muertos in Mexico that’s celebrated yearly in the course of the first two days of November. Lila Downs, Mexican singer and songwriter, embraces this conventional celebration and is exhibiting what it means for her to be a Host in Oaxaca, and sharing a few of her greatest internet hosting ideas.
Thought of probably the most influential girls in Mexico, having nice influence on the nationwide and worldwide artwork scene, Lila doesn’t overlook Oaxaca – the land the place she was born and grew up. She presently hosts an unbelievable itemizing within the coronary heart of Oaxaca – an excellent place to be taught extra about Mexican traditions.
“The perfect recommendation for being a Host on Airbnb is to make the keep really feel like an area expertise for the visitors,” Lila says. She additionally factors out that, as apparent as it could appear, being pleasant and offering high quality companies – such nearly as good web, clear areas and sizzling water – are the fundamentals of being a great Host.
“It’s important to put your self within the visitor’s footwear to supply what they want for a snug and unforgettable keep.”
Lila Downs, Mexican singer and songwriter
Undoubtedly, decor is a basic facet for visitors to really feel at house and be taught extra concerning the native tradition. Lila has given life to every house by way of indigenous textile particulars typical of Mexican tradition; with partitions which have a singular architectural stamp and an area that mixes conventional and fashionable building.
“I’m an individual who likes to be in nice locations; due to this fact, it is extremely vital for me that my visitors really feel that a part of Oaxaca and see the wonder that I understand from this a part of the world,” says Lila.
She provides that probably the most vital items of recommendation to be a great Host is to become involved in all the traveler expertise, from good communication on the time the reservation is made, to giving them suggestions for his or her keep.
“As Airbnb Hosts now we have the chance to contribute to native communities, contain natives and construct the financial exercise of the vacation spot. Provide a high quality keep that meets and exceeds expectations, caring for each element, and all the time inviting visitors to see past the itemizing the place they’re staying.”
Casa de Lila
Lila’s keep is a 15-minute drive from the historic heart of Oaxaca, with room for as much as 15 folks. It has six spacious bedrooms, every with its personal lavatory, and is surrounded by facilities equivalent to a backyard and pool.
For Día de Muertos Lila often will get collectively along with her household to embellish the providing that pays tribute to the deceased saints. These kinds of celebrations have lured guests to Mexico from all around the world, as folks wish to expertise the folklore and colours of such an iconic custom up shut. These events have change into the perfect occasions for Hosts to share their areas in an effort to earn further earnings.
Lila additionally recommends that Hosts share actions that enable their visitors to get to know the vacation spot they’re visiting. For instance, in Oaxaca, she says it’s important to take a meals tour of native companies, together with mole, chili and cocoa. She highlights chili as one in every of her favourite substances as a result of it was the inspiration for her tune “El Son del Chile Frito,” contemplating it, “an emblem that represents Mexico; it encourages each the optimistic aspect of individuals, but additionally the bravest aspect, as a mirrored image of Mexicans’ personalities.”
Indubitably, for Lila, being a Host on Airbnb has been a really satisfying expertise that has allowed her to fulfill fascinating and various folks, from teams of healers, writers, musicians, designers, architects, members of NGOs and cooks from different nations.
“It’s a nice expertise to open your own home, share it with different folks, give them a bit of you and be thanked,” she says. “It’s nice that visitors admire the non-public contact of design that now we have integrated within the areas whereas serving to to advertise the worth of Oaxaca traditions.”
Lila says that the earnings she obtained by sharing her house on Airbnb helped her financially when live shows and dwell performances ceased in the course of the pandemic. For Lila, Airbnb is a invaluable instrument that helps promote tourism in Mexico and offers a platform the place all kinds of choices for vacationers are shared, selling wholesome competitors in favor of visitors and vacationers.
Airbnb was born in 2007 when two Hosts welcomed three visitors to their San Francisco house, and has since grown to over 4 million Hosts who’ve welcomed greater than 1 billion visitor arrivals in virtually each nation throughout the globe. Daily, Hosts provide distinctive stays and experiences that make it doable for visitors to attach with communities in a extra genuine approach.