My parents had recently retired from their jobs and they didn't know what to do with all the free time! In addition, my two siblings and I constitute for a big part of their lives. So when my sister got married, and my brother and I shifted to different cities for work, they were left with a gaping void in their lives.
As fun-loving people who've worked all their lives and revel in social interactions, this point in their lives was marked with a fair amount of frustration. I could sense that my parents needed to have a routine again and be involved in something that they were truly passionate about.
So on an upcoming family trip, I introduced them to Airbnb.
An introduction that changed their lives
My parents are very particular as travellers. They are extremely finicky about comfort, cleanliness and are always looking for local and authentic experiences while on a trip. Moreover, they have special demands when it comes to food. Naturally, an Airbnb experience was right up their alley!
My father got ghar ka khaana, which is usually the biggest challenge when we're on trips, and my mom was happy that she didn't have to be restricted to a small room. When my parents interacted with the hosts ( a lawyer couple) who had converted a 100 year-old bungalow into their home as well as an Airbnb, they got enamoured with the entire concept of hosting on Airbnb.
My parents love travelling, interacting with new people and introducing new experiences to the world. So I thought that becoming hosts on Airbnb would help them meet people of all ages, learn from their perspectives and most importantly, be engaged in something that they're passionate about.
Over the course of the trip, I convinced them to convert our lake-view home back in Nainital into an abode that welcomed travellers from around the world. This idea gave birth to Aspen Cottage–our cosy duplex tucked amid the deodar trees of Nainital.
The lovely experience of hosting on Airbnb