Behind the Stays

Behind the Stays

When COVID hit, we decided to break out of our 750-square foot apartment in Washington, DC, and beta test the digital nomad lifestyle by hopping around to new Airbnbs every 2-4 weeks. If you care to follow our personal journey and watch us pretend to be Instagram influencers, you can do so at AirGnZ.

After our first couple of Airbnbs, we found ourselves talking most nights about the character of the bungalow, apartment, or lake house we were staying in. Our hosts were all fantastic communicators, but there’s only so much you can learn via the guest book and the occasional “check-in” texts.

We were hungry to learn more about the story behind the place. Was this their first home? What’s up with the mural in the bathroom? Was the dining table custom made? Did they build the home from the ground up specifically to rent out on Airbnb?

And that’s when the idea of hosting a podcast that featured the stories of the hosts behind the stays was born.

Our goal is to use this space to bring you the stories behind your favorite Airbnbs and the hosts who’ve made them memorable.

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Fourth Generation Dairy Farmers, First Generation Airbnb Empresses — Meet the Brodt’s.

June 3, 2021

The idea was born on a road trip from Waco, Texas to Ferndale, California.    Merritt Brodt and h…

How to Build a Tiny House Airbnb with No Money — Meet the Woodruffs

April 28, 2021

They met at a Starbucks.  Amber was working as a barista and Tyler had just moved from Utah to T…

How She Built It — Meet the Founder of Bees Nees Getaways Who Brought an Airbnb to Life During a Global Pandemic

Feb. 25, 2021

Meet Katie Denton — a mother of three small children and a lifelong lover of travel and fine hospit…

From Flight Attendant to Top-Rated Airbnb Host — Meet the Creator of the Sparrow's Nest

Feb. 11, 2021

Suzie has spent most of her life working at the intersection of travel and customer service.  She …

Meet the Family of Hospitality Entrepreneurs who Turned a WW2 Train Car and an Aircraft Hanger into Top-Rated Airbnbs

Jan. 21, 2021

When they purchased their home in 2016, the Smith family had no idea what adventures lay ahead. On …

An Escape to the Cape at Camp Adelaide — A Rustic-Chic Airbnb Stay in Barnstable, Massachusetts

Jan. 13, 2021

On this epsiode of Behind the Stays, Zach interviews Kristen Bishop — a real estate professional wh…