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Episode 42
How to Build a Short-Term Rental Business — And Also Change the World.

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Episode 41
How to Upsell Amenities at Your Airbnb — Ideas from Madison Rifkin, Founder of Mount

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Episode 40
How to Design Highly-Experiential Stays for the Next Generation of Travelers

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Episode 39
Is Home Swapping the Future of Travel? Justine Palefsky Thinks So. Meet the Co-Founder of Kindred.

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Episode 38
She Designed the First Eco-Luxe Vacation Rental in Hocking Hills in Honor of Her Father — Meet the Creator of The Carpenter’s Cabin

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Episode 37
He’s a Serial Entrepreneur And His Latest Venture is an Off-Grid Housing Technology Company — Meet Jeff Wilson, Founder of Jupe

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Episode 36
He’s a Doctor by Day, a Twin Girl Dad at Night, and an STR Entrepreneur In-Between

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Episode 35
314,000 People Applied for Airbnb’s Live Anywhere Contest — And They Won. Meet the Family Traveling the World and Living Full-Time on Airbnb for a Year.

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Episode 34
He’s An Accountant, Artist, and Airbnb Superhost — Meet Isaac French the Creator of Live Oak Lake

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Episode 33
He Lost His Job During COVID — So He Watched 200 Hours of YouTube Videos And Then Went All in on STRs (And Twitter)

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Episode 32
Why These Mission-Driven Entrepreneurs Built an Airbnb in Virginia Wine Country

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Episode 31
How They Used Human-Centered Design to Build a Scandinavian Villa in Asheville

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Episode 30
How They Knew It Was Time to Go All In — And Just Get The Lake House

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Episode 29
He’s An Actor By Day and Super Airbnb Host by Night — Meet the Creator of Airstream Island

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Episode 28
He’s Worked at Fairmont, Sonder, and Airbnb — Now He’s Pioneering The Next Big Thing in Hospitality

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Episode 27
They Left It All Behind to Build a Luxury Micro-Resort in Highlands, North Carolina: The Story of Flat Mountain Farm

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Episode 26
Meet the Founder of BnB Buyer — A Curated Newsletter Featuring the Best Airbnb Investment Properties

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Episode 25
He Built a Story in the Form of a House — Meet the Creator of The Nook, a Hyperlocal Airbnb in Asheville

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Episode 24
How He Built One of San Diego’s Most Artistic Escapes — The Story of Shelltown Sanctuary

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Episode 23
How They Built a Top-Rated Collection of Airbnbs in Southern California — The Story of Arrivls

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Episode 22
They Left Campus Ministry for a New Calling — How the Corbett’s Built a Collective of Airbnbs Where All Belong.

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Episode 21
How (and Why) a Tech Entrepreneur Built an Off Grid Eco-Hotel: The Story of Safa Farms

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Episode 20
How to Renovate an A-Frame Airbnb by Yourself

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Episode 19
How to Buy and Build Airbnbs Thousands of Miles Away from Where You Live

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Episode 18
From HGTV Producer to STR-Tech Start Up Founder — Meet Annie Sloan

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Episode 17
How They Built a Luxurious, Eco-Friendly Escape in the Canadian Forest — The Hinter Story.

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Episode 16
How They Built a Tiny Cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains

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Episode 15
From Serving in Afghanistan to Hosting on Airbnb: Meet the Founders of Seasons‘ Yield Farm

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Episode 14
How She Transformed a Horse Barn into an Enchanting California Airbnb Retreat

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Episode 13
How They Launched an Airbnb Glamping Resort for Under $700

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Episode 12
How to Build a Modern Mountain Home That Stands Out on Airbnb

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Episode 11
How They Built Bespoke Airbnbs to Help Fund Their Goat Dairy: The Story Behind Big Picture Farm

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Episode 10
How to Transform a Backyard Shed into a Luxury Airbnb Cottage

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Episode 9
How to Design a Luxury Airbnb in Harmony with Nature

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Episode 8
How They Built 5 of the Most Unique Stays on Airbnb — Meet the Clark Family Silos

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Episode 7
How to Choose a Design Style for Your Airbnb and Why It Matters

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Episode 6
Fourth Generation Dairy Farmers, First Generation Airbnb Empresses — Meet the Brodt’s.

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Episode 5
How to Build a Tiny House Airbnb with No Money — Meet the Woodruffs

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Episode 4
How She Built It — Meet the Founder of Bees Nees Getaways Who Brought an Airbnb to Life During a Global Pandemic

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Episode 3
From Flight Attendant to Top-Rated Airbnb Host — Meet the Creator of the Sparrow's Nest

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Episode 2
Meet the Family of Hospitality Entrepreneurs who Turned a WW2 Train Car and an Aircraft Hanger into Top-Rated Airbnbs

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Episode 1
An Escape to the Cape at Camp Adelaide — A Rustic-Chic Airbnb Stay in Barnstable, Massachusetts

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Welcome to Behind The Stays — Trailer

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About 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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