When I started the Airbnb hosting gig in 2015 I never thought it would turn into a book. In fact, it took a while for the idea to even enter my mind.
Well, today, the book is a reality.
Sleeping with Strangers: An Airbnb Host’s Life in Lake Tahoe and Mexico went on sale this week. You may order it at your local bookstore for $19.99. The book is also available online at these outlets: Bookshop, IndieBound, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. It’s available as an ebook for $9.99.
I share my experiences of being a host in South Lake Tahoe, California, and Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Hopefully, it will have you laughing, scratching your heads, and possibly changing your behavior as a guest and/or host of a short-term rental.
I don’t hold back on what it was like to be a host, lauding the good guests, making a strong case for those I’d rather not see again—after all, one chapter is titled Don’t Come Back.
The homes themselves were completely different. In Tahoe it was a room in a single-family residence that was available to rent, while I stayed down the hall. In Mexico it was the bottom floor of a house that was rented, while I lived upstairs. But we did not share any indoor living space—not even the stairs.
Besides pulling back the covers on what life is like as an Airbnb host, I also share what it is like to live in these two diverse locations, making the book a bit of a travelogue.
This is my fourth book. The others are Lake Tahoe Trails For All Seasons: Must-Do Hiking and Snowshoe Treks ($20), Snowshoeing Around Lake Tahoe: Must-Do Scenic Treks ($10), and The Dirt Around Lake Tahoe: Must-Do Scenic Hikes ($15).
I’ll be in Tahoe signing and selling all four books at the Valhalla Holiday Faire on the South Shore, Nov. 18-20. No fee to attend the fair. Cash, check, or Venmo accepted for the books at the fair. If I don’t see you there, I hope to see you at a future event.